The History of the Wedding Dress

The history of the wedding dress can be traced back to antiquity, but the dream of white has only been established in the modern age. Closely linked to social and fashionable trends, the wedding dress has participated in the course of the centuries almost every fashion, and its appearance frequently changed. Today, the bride can wear almost every dress that suits her taste and individual style. 

+ Roman Women And The Sunny Hercules +
Already in ancient Rome woman wore a particularly festive robe for the wedding-the tunic . Around this calf-to-knee-length dress without a horizontal waist seam was a wooden belt in the waist areaand knotted twice. The so-called Hercules node emphasized the female forms. The bride wore a yellow stole and color-coordinated accessories: sandals and veils also in yellow. After the wedding, the guests retreated discreetly and the bridegroom had now to solve the Hercules knot on the wedding gown.

+ Show What You Got +
In the Middle Ages the bride gave the yes-word in a ceremonial and equally magnificent dress. What they wore was of enormous social importance: the wedding dress was a statutory symbol and indicator of power, position and wealth . A testament to this was the luxurious fabrics such as velvet, silk or silver and gold brocade, from which the wedding vestments were made. In addition to rich applications, embroidery and semi-precious stones, the family coat of arms was often also incorporated. Likewise the color selection was a sign of the wealth. Woman married in splendid blue, green or red . The upper part of the wedding dress consisted of the bodice, which from about 1475 showed a deep cleavage and round back cut. At the European court, coat-like upper garments were en vogue. The richly ornamented wedding dresses were reserved for the upper class, the nobility and the bourgeoisie. In poorer families the bride usually wore her black Sunday dress.

+ The Black Bride +
Schwarz, especially in the 16th century, became the trend color when it came to bridal wear. Due to the influence of Spanish fashion- strict cuts, high-necked, black – the brides in Europe wore dark wedding dresses of heavy silk stripe with long train and lace overalls. For this, often embroidered aprons, decorated with ribbons, were worn. This trend was across the board as the middle class and the rural people also got married in Schwarz. The gloomy color emphasized not only the piety of the wearer, but was also more practical in cleaning and could be worn on various occasions. In contrast to today it was frowned upon to wear clothes only once. For the rural population church dressing, festive costumes or inherited holiday dresses were a common alternative until the 19th century. Around 1900 a white veil for the black wedding dress was worn for the first time.

+ The Dream In White +
Towards the end of the 17th century , the color white gradually entered the marriages market – a symbol of purity, virginity and innocence. At first, only the wealthy bourgeoisie and the aristocracy traded in white robes to the Traualtar. The radiant white wedding dress was intended only for one day, and gradually developed into a static symbol . The trend was also increasingly felt in poorer sections of the population. At the beginning of the 19th century the first white dress was presented in France, especially for the wedding day. Fashionably, the wedding dress was at that time by a narrow top and that of the corsetshaped waist. Particularly noteworthy is the wedding dress of Sissi, who married 1854 in a dream of white.

+ The Change Takes Place +
With the entry into the 20th century, the wedding dress changed according to the changing fashion trends. In the 1920s, the Charleston-style bridal dress was coined. The silhouette was narrow, straightforward and very androgynous. Thus, wedding dresses were narrow-cut, often slit, showed leg, were shorter, and sometimes extended to the knee.

After the war, more chaste fashion was announced, in the form of long and wide dresses. The fashionable image of the 1950s was characterized by the sweeping petticoat, On their great day, brides therefore wore sweat skirts and dresses. With the invention of the mini-rock by Mary Quant, the wedding dresses in the 60s became shorter and bolder. Two decades later, the bridal dress became longer and the waist moved to the center. The eighties were thus inspired by the new romance: the floor-length and intricately embroidered, cream-colored dream dress with a meterlanged train, which Lady Diana wore at her wedding with Prince Charles, was the model of many brides.

Meanwhile there is the wedding dress in various designs and silhouettes. Color is still white, although the wedding is whitecreamy nuances such as egg shell, ecru and ivory. Regardless of shape, length, material and color, this is what suits the big day.