Monday December 20, 2010
Wedding Dresses and the 3D Flower
Flowers on your wedding day are a given. It’s a tradition that dates back to ancient times. Roman brides carried herbs and flowers under their veils to ward off evil spirits, and Greek weddings were adorned with Ivy, the symbol of everlasting and unbreakable love. In ancient China, orange blossoms were used to represent purity, chastity and innocence, while Sarcasen brides carried them as symbol of eternal love and fidelity. Nineteenth century brides also began adorning their gowns with blossoms to represent fidelity, but it was Queen Victoria who really cemented the classic floral theme for the Victorian bride when she wore orange blossoms for her wedding in 1840.
Now let’s fast forward to the most recent bridal shows. All over the runway designers are showcasing styles that reveal a new take on this timeless idea: the 3D flower. Exaggerated floral details that appeared to be in full bloom were popping up everywhere on trims, bodices and even entire skirts. The styles of these dresses ran the gamut from slim modern looks, to full blown over the top gowns.
Brides who choose to wear these stunning styles will radiate overwhelming femininity and a romantic aesthetic while giving a nod towards the ancient traditions that are the genesis of most of the bridal customs we continue to follow.