A dress or gown purchased by the salon from a designer to show prospective clients. Generally a size 8, 10 or 12, the gown may be tried on by only one, or by hundreds of people during its lifetime. As a result, samples can often be purchased at a discount, or, if in good condition, can be sold to customers that cannot wait for the normal delivery time for a custom gown. Most samples can be professionally cleaned, and with minor repairs, be nearly indistinguishable from a new gown. Samples can also be brought in for a limited time by the designer during a trunk show. Customer should always be told if the dress they are purchasing is a sample, or made-to-order.