With necklines rising it is invariable we'd see the return of a few sleeves this season. Until lately (like the last twenty years or so), bridal fashion was a very restricted zone. With so many rules to follow, modesty was the most crucial. Covering one's self up as much as possible was de riguer, a throwback to 19th century propriety when brides symbolized purity and virginity. Fast forward to the 21st century and brides are celebrating a fashion liberation. Finally it's okay to be a bride and sexy, baring not only arms but decolletage and back as well as showing off some leg.
By now though, we've made our fashion point. We do have more options and sleeves are certainly one of those options. Sleeves have returned with a highly creative edge. From a designer’s point of view, sleeves can be one of the most creative components on a gown. For me, a well-designed sleeve is a work of art; it combines fabric and adornment into the overall image of the gown. I love these costume-inspired beauties from some of the world's best designers . . .
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