The wedding dress is the most desirable garment for any woman. Despite that you put it on only one time and the money spent may be colossal. It is this dress the guests, curious passer-byes and, what is the most important, he, the only one the bride has chosen, will look at.
The very tradition to put on a new specially sewn wedding dress came from medieval Europe. In the 15 century all marriages were marriages of convenience with an obligatory marriage contract where the bride’s garment was a part of dowry and was described in every detail: its fabric, the fur attached, the gems it was decorated with. But unlike modern wedding dresses used only once, this garment may have been used later – a young wife could wear it for other special occasions.
Rococo also left its mark on wedding history with a corset and a hoop-skirt so loved by many ladies. Probably this dress is not the most comfortable, but it can perfectly mask all the disadvantages of your figure and at the same time stress its dignity – no wonder, French ladies would prefer it for centuries. A contemporary peer of the garments’ detail is the train – its length could show the bride’s status and wealth.
Familiar to us, the white garment is common only for Christians as a symbol of innocence – it is critical for the bride. But this tradition is not as old as you can imagine – only two hundred fifty years. In Russia, aristocrats were the first to follow this European tradition- for peasant girls a red sundress and a sleeveless jacket would be a wedding garment up to the early 20-th century. However, they would usually put on a white cotton wedding shirt – “tseloshnitsa” [shirt of innocence] underneath.
Even today, girls from all over the world put on wedding garments of all colours of the rainbow. In India for instance brides would usually wear red silk saris as red is a colour of joy for the Hindus. Green kimonos of Korean girls are embroidered with golden birds and flowers. The Turkish change seven wedding garments during a traditional wedding and each of them is a true piece of art. Girls from South Africa put on a necklace of shells as the main detail of a wedding garment and a symbol of the bride’s innocence.
It is also worth knowing that an old tradition of covering the bride’s head with a veil to prevent her face from curious profaning strangers is common for girls of different nationalities and confessions.
Today wedding fashion provides modern girls ample opportunities for choice-it is up to you to buy a full-skirt from the 50’s, an Empire – style dress or even an extravagant trouser suit.
Most girls want to preserve their wedding dress not only on photos and in their memory but literally in their wardrobe to hand it down to a daughter, a daughter-in-law or just for sweet memories. If you want your dress to give you as much joy as on the wedding day take a bit of care of it before hanging it in the wardrobe.
First of all, examine it carefully to find stains which could have been left after a wedding evening. Even if you see no visible spots of wine or wedding cake, dry cleaning of the wedding dress is necessary as champagne or perfume stains invisible at first sight may turn yellow after a while and the dress will be spoiled. If you have chosen a log hem- or tailed dress, it also needs cleaning from the dust collected. If there are complex handcrafted details, bead-, purl- or paillette embroidery on the dress, it must be carefully examined by the tailor who will restore it if necessary. He will also sew tiny tears which could have appeared when you were dancing or walking.
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