Bride Chic: Ballet-Inspired Bridal Fashion

By Azure Nelson, Published Jun 4, 2010

About Bride Chic How much does ballet influence bridal fashion? Quite a bit. Traditional ballet costume evolved in the era of Johann Strass, a young Queen Victoria, and Giselle, an 1840s ballet choreographed by Aldophe Adam. Think of the classic corps de ballet in long white tulle dresses and floral wreaths and you have, the ballet look. Also reflecting the silhouette of the ballet costume as we know it, Queen Victoria clinched the look when she married Prince Albert wearing yards of white lace and dressing her flock of attendants accordingly. Sheers lend a wispy and transparent quality to wedding dresses reminiscent of romantic dreams and fairy-tales. Though Tulle is the most typical fabric for the ballet-inspired wedding dress, there's a whole range of gossamer sheers: organza, silk organdy, chiffon, and Georgettes to name just a few. Defined, tulle is a fine mesh netting with a hexagonal pattern that comes in silk, cotton, nylon or acrylic/silk for power netting. Vera Wang popularized the big tulle skirt a few years back. Her edgier versions of late suggest special effects like draping, ruching and pick-up treatments, sometimes all these applications on one dress... Head chic that instantly comes to mind for ballet-inspired bridal style is either the floral wreath or modified cloche cap of white feathers emulating The Swan Queen in Swan Lake. A tiara or single floral(s) attached to a bun is also considered a classic ballet touch. Ahead of the curve brides might try something like a minature derby or pancake hat, giving that tutu version in photo 3 an Alice in Wonderland quality. Photo 4 credit (from left to right): Sweet Light Studios, Stephanie Williams Photography, S1 Studio

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