Couture Bridal: Then and Now

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You may be surprised to learn that when Queen Victoria chose to wear a white gown to her wedding to Prince Albert she was breaking some serious cultural norms—and setting the stage for wedding fashion for hundreds of years to come. It was common for a bride in Queen Victoria’s time to wear a red dress, so when she asked for a couture bridal gown embellished with lace for her special day, her request shocked many people. While not the first royal to wear white to her wedding, she is widely credited for starting the tradition of white wedding gowns today.

When you think of couture gowns, wedding dresses might not be the first type of garment to come to mind, but on the catwalks of Paris Haute Couture and fashion weeks worldwide you’ll find some jaw-droppingly beautiful bridal gowns.

Many designers close their runway shows with wedding dress couture. One of our favorite couture designers to do this is Elie Saab, whose dresses are full of lace and dreamy forms and are inspirational no matter what your personal style.

Source: Perlas y coco | Elie Sabb

Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel takes things a step further, as he is not afraid to take risks when presenting wedding gowns. In fact, he has been so bold as to combine wedding dresses with sneakers, which adds a very casual—not to mention unexpected—touch.

This act of adding a casual accessory to a couture gown was also favored by Queen Victoria, as she decided to wear an orange-blossom wreath atop her head instead of a crown.

Source: Manhattan to Barcelona | Karl Lagerfeld

Nowadays, while white is the norm for weddings gowns, designer Zuhair Murad is doesn’t hesitate to incorporate pink and gold into his dress designs. Many brides today appreciate his designs, favoring couture bridal dresses with unexpected touches.

Source: Per sempre | Zuhair Murad

Couture designers continue to inspire and influence brides with their creations but it is important to choose a dress that suits your identity and style so you will feel like the most beautiful bride in the world on your wedding day.

Who is your favorite couture bridal designer?

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