Bride Didn’t Always Wear White

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When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha from Germany 175 years ago, she chose white silk-satin for her wedding dress. Given the contemporary taste among wealthy brides wanting to be married in the most expensive materials, as extravagantly glamour’s as possible and embellished with elaborate embroidery, this seemed perhaps somewhat romantic. Not that it was unprecedented, among more notable earlier royal brides who had worn white being the famous but ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots.

Norman Hartnell’s silk-satin dress for the wedding of      Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, in 1933 helped set a style in the last century. Florid gowns or creations in vivid colors were favorite fashion earlier in the century, practical because they were suitable to wear on smart party occasions when the wedding was over.

Evolving from comparatively simple creations practical also for more routine wear, exotic and colorful gowns began to appear, while ceasing to be the absolute norm.

Hugely successful designers such as Charles Frederick Worth and Vera Wang introduced highly elaborate dresses inspiring new fashions.

 Particular styles bring particular creators to mind, Vera Wang again, for example, when looking at a full textured ball gown with a corseted bodice. An A-line gown adorned with hand-cut lace or another perfectly tailored, the sculptural mermaid, immediately suggest Oscar de la Renta or Carolina Herrera.  And that hand-embroidered tulle confection is probably Valentino, Elie Saab, Monique Lhuillier or Marchesa.

These are among the mainstays of the bridal fashion world, names mentioned time and again.

 Individual taste, of course, is strikingly varied, from brides who for example, go for lace embroidery, beading, and applique, to those preferring the elegantly simple.

Some trendy brides nowadays ignore traditions, merely choosing a color they like. Meanings are also attributed to colors, expressive perhaps of emotions or states of mind.

White: Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton designed the unforgettable outfit for theDuchess of Cambridge, but some choose not to emulate its traditional white color. Still, this is regarded as the color of perfection, signifying light as well as innocence and purity

Ivory: a lovely color often favored, although in some parts of the world it symbolizes propriety in default. Elsewhere it is preferred to white as setting off the skin to better advantage. For her duchess-satin wedding gown, Queen Elizabeth II chose this color.

Pink: Think of the singer Gwen Stefanie and her John Galiano dress. Scarcely straying from the traditional bridal colors, many see pink as portraying innocent freshness, as well as innocence and purity.

Red:  This is a symbolic color in many contexts, an important signifier of revolution. Cilla Black, a go-ahead British actress, was married in a red velvet dress by John Bates. Expressive of passion and emotional intensity, red has been a bridal color in many countries, ensuring that its wearer cuts a dash, standing out from the crowd. And everyone knows that red roses are a gift of love.

Blue: the idea of the bride breaking with tradition and making her wedding day unique is very appealing. Associated with water, sea, and sky, blue isn’t a clear bridal choice, but why not? It suggests peacefulness and calm, henc3e stability, security and loyalty. Walis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, brought precisely that to King Edward VIII during their long married years, and she had pale duck-egg blue for her wedding dress. The designer  Mainbocher matched the bride’s expressive eyes, and the color came to be termed “Wallis Blue.”

Black: Not a color is often worn by a bride, in fact, Sara Jessica Parker, one of the stars of Sex and the City, flaunted a black gown at her wedding. In everyday life wearing black can emphasize formality, sophistication and wealth. Elegant and classy, such clothing, of course, was a tradition for the groom. In contrast, like a negative of purity, some pregnant brides were forced to get married in black.

When choosing a wedding gown, of course, you will want something opulent, an impressive mark of the great day. A dress can be innovative while retaining a classic silhouette, and intricate embroideries would be an elegant embellishment. What is the new trend for 2018?. Have no inhibition of a colorful dress- blue, pink, yellow and so on.Whatever the color, whether or not white, a bride is the center of attention. Colour can make a significant adjunct to a white dress, and a light veil or colored shoes will make your wedding photos more dramatic.

Of course, designers are also keeping up with the times, expanding their collections to appeal to modern brides and taking account of any preference for shades of pink, blue or different colors, as well as other innovations.

Photographers: Anil Mandahar Nepal, London, and the Victory lounge Nepal.

Designer: Stella Maris Häfele

Models: Ms. Anjali Lama Nepal’s top model, Ms. Sadhana Ranabath Nepal’s top model, and Ms. Ainhoa Giraldo. Germany

Wrote by Stella Maris Häfele

Fashion Journalist

Baden Wuerttemberg, Germany

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