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.