The reality star says the gown "took a good three solid weeks" to complete

By Benjamin VanHoose
February 11, 2021 10:17 AM

Jen Shah almost went dress-less for her first-ever Real Housewives of Salt Lake City reunion taping.

The Bravo star told Page Six all about her custom JXA by Koa Johnson gown that she wore for the reunion, part one of which aired Wednesday night. Shah, 46, said the "dramatic" dress had to be handed off to her before she boarded her flight because of last-minute alterations.

"Koa was running to the airport to hand me the gown when I was getting on the plane because there's little tweaks along the way," she told the outlet. "[With] a custom gown, there's hundreds and hundreds of hours … every little sequin, every little feather is sewn on, and it's very, very intensive."

Shah added that it "took a good three solid weeks with six, seven people working on the gown," which features "one big sleeve" and fits the cast theme provided by Bravo, according to Page Six.

"[Johnson] sketches it out and then our team sources the fabric and we start going from there and putting it all together," said Shah of the process. "We had to get the sketch approved. And, you know, when you're making a custom couture dress, you don't have the gown. So you have to show them a sketch, show them the fabric, show them the details so they can say yes, and then you can go and make it."

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City - Jen Shah
Credit: Jen Shah/Instagram
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City - Jen Shah
Credit: Heidi Gutman/Bravo
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City - Jen Shah
Credit: Heidi Gutman/Bravo

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Debuting the look on Instagram last month, Shah revealed the full details on the rest of her glittering ensemble. "Who's ready for the reunion?! #RHOSLC #bravotv 👗 Custom couture dress by 💎 Custom jewelry by @baranofjewelersparkcity🧣 Custom fur by @sitkafurgalleryparkcity 💁🏽‍♀️ Hair by 👄 Makeup by @priscilladistasio 👠 Stylist @fancyfrancois / assistant stylist @ariellafaith."

The newest Real Housewives franchise, which was recently renewed for a second season, also stars Heather Gay, Lisa Barlow, Meredith Marks, Mary Cosby and Whitney Rose.

RHOSLC airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.