Marriage is a really beautiful moment in our life, it is the day when fairytales come true. Walking down the aisle with a beautiful wedding gown, hand etching to embrace your loved one, these moments will sure bring a sheen to your eyes.
Beauty does lie in the eyes of the beholder, but every bride is beautiful on her special day.
Fashion has always been evolving since its birth. It goes in cycles, it erupts, dies and rebirths. We, humans, evolved from apes, had a starting point and here we are now. In a similar way, one idea springs to other and the beauty intensifies gradually.
Bridal wear must hold a special place in your heart, right? From your wedding dress to someone’s dream wear, we all have different scenarios painted in our mind murals.
Why not try something fun? Let us go back to history and see the life of these wedding dresses, their evolution.
Crawling far back to the 17th century
In much contrast with the ideal white wedding gown these days, the 17th century held something different from the usual. At this time, the bride had to wear her best dress for the wedding. The color did not matter at all!
Since the wedding of Queen Victoria with Prince Albert, classic white gowns in weddings became popular. And since then, weddings invited glamourized white fashion into play. Many dressmakers got inspired by her style and went on with using similar methods. Slowly, they started adding embroidery, detailing, silk, and laces to the gowns. Then white gloves came into play.
Moving further, you will see that a more relaxed style started coming to the picture. Long gowns, delicate fabrics, and floaty dresses! Stealthily, dressmakers started adding layers to dresses. And with a slight deviation from the normal, these gowns started adopting a plainer and simpler look.
The Game Changer
Here is when the abrupt change started taking place, in the 1920s! The gowns became more sophisticated and slimmer fitted, and the veils got longer. The headgears also started to get more prominent, tiaras and crowns came into the picture.
Cutting from the regular trend, people then shifted to full arm lengths and knee cut length dresses. The material is seen as rayon, silk, and satin, with sleek and elegant embroideries. Finally, a bouquet was added to the bridal look. The venues became more flowery and dress flowier.
The earth laughs in flowers – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The 50s and 60s
People then started embracing changes and hence ball gowns, and strapless gowns were introduced to this niche. This concept was based on a more feminine look. The veils got shortened and, as if a cycle, column slim dresses came back to the market.
Adding on to the new changes made in the bridal looks, somewhere, miniskirts and formals were introduced. People went crazy for puffed-up and big bell sleeves. Brides started loving off-shoulder dresses! Some traded veils with ribbons, while others did the same with fancy hats.
Approaching the 2000s you will see that bridal wear got more diversified. Many brides liked the A-Line dress trends, while some others preferred tight and flowy gowns. Slowly, these gowns become more personified. Brides preferred garments and styles that matched their personalities. Some preferred a simple and elegant look while some others liked adding a sexy touch to it.
There are so many choices now that picking out an outfit for your wedding will be a really tiring job to do. The variety will definitely leave you stunned! Corsets, button sleeves, puffy sleeves, full sleeves, flowy dressed, column dresses, the list goes on.