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The dress

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THE WEDDING DRESS IN ANCIENT TIMES: TRADITION AND SYMBOLISM

The wedding dress has always been a traditional garment, ever since the days of the Roman Empire.

At that time, the bride wore a white tunic with a red belt symbolising virginity. On her head, she had a garland of orange blossom or verbena as a symbol of fertility.

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THE MIDDLE AGES: THE BRIDE WORE RED

Later, in the Middle Ages, the bride did not have a dress just for the occasion, often for financial reasons. She dressed up in her prettiest dress and did not concern herself about the colour. White appeared only on the inside hem. But the dress was often red (the colour of joy and pleasure) as it was the colour that dyers had the most success with. As time went on, brides wore dresses in shades of blue, brown, yellow and even black. These colours symbolised fertility or maturity at the time of the Renaissance. If the bride wore white it meant she came from a humble background and was displaying her poverty in public.

Robe moyen-age
Robe moyen-age
QUEEN VICTORIA'S WEDDING: THE WHITE REVOLUTION !

Finally, an event came along that completely changed bridal dress codes. In 1840, Queen Victoria broke with tradition by choosing to wear a white dress to symbolise purity and virginity. Her dress was in satin, trimmed with lace with a long veil and a garland of orange blossom. This very loving marriage, together with the pretty dress, introduced a feminine, romantic aspect and the white dress became fashionable.

The Roman Catholic Church adopted this tradition in order to perpetuate it. The white dress, symbol of purity and virginity.

This Victorian style and all those derived from it would disappear as the years went by, either because of the whims of fashion or more particularly as a result of the economic hardships encountered during the Second World War. The white wedding dress was modernised. Due to the shortage of fabrics, it would find itself shortened to knee length. This fashion would be fleeting. Indeed, the designer Christian Dior, in 1947, created his New Look, a long flared dress that reached the ankles.

Robe de la reine Victoria
GRACE KELLY: A LEGENDARY WEDDING

Grace Kelly's wedding in 1956 inspired the world of weddings for a long time. Her white dress was all in lace, silk, pearls and tulle.

Robe Grace Kelly
Robe Grace Kelly