A Wedding Dress Represents Changing Times, and Fashion Trends
No matter what is the religion, caste or nationality, women always remember their marriage ceremony. This is after all a special occasion, and she will certainly want nothing to go wrong here. What she will wear for the wedding is an important part of the planning, and thus, she will always choose her wedding dress passionately, and carefully. The dress also represents who she is, her creative aspirations, and her happy state of mind.
However, the dress has changed a lot over time. And it often reveals the likes and dislikes, and the fashion trends of a particular era.
For instance, a wedding dress of the 20’s would be short in the front, but long in the back. There is a train that follows for almost a meter or so. But this changed in the roaring 40’s, when full-skirted designs became more popular. Just take a look at some of the dresses of Jacqueline Kennedy and Grace Kelly, and you will know how graceful and sophisticated they appear.
The 50’s saw the first departmental stores appearing in the US. So for the first time, the dresses started to be made in bulk. Till now, they were all custom-made based on what the bride or her family wanted. These stores began to take note of contemporary fashion and preferences, and came out with a dress to match the needs. People also started to become busy, and began to opt for the convenience of buying a dress at the store, instead of planning for it, and getting it done according to individual specifications.
Wedding Dress in Other Parts of the World
A wedding dress in China, India (wedding sari) or Vietnam (Ao dai), on the other hand, are mostly red colored, because this is considered lucky and auspicious by people in these societies. In contemporary Chinese weddings, a bride’s wedding gown may have hues other than red.
Interestingly, while a wedding dress in the West would always be white in color, in Indian society, white is considered to be extremely unlucky, and would thus never be used in the wedding in any way, and certainly not in the dress. The fabric of an Indian wedding dress or sari mostly comprises of crepe, tissue georgette or satin, and the colors usually include pink, maroon, orange or any other bright shade.
In Africa, the wedding dress is the lace where there is a single base fabric, and there are stitched yarns that make the design. The base is cotton, while the fabric is softer and made from the thinnest yarns available. The color doesn’t go, and the fabric does not shrink after the wash.