13 Amazing Wedding Dress Details
All in the Details
Your wedding is the ultimate fashion close-up, an occasion that calls for nothing short of a once-in-a-lifetime dress. The most awe-inspiring options showcase both imaginative design and the highly specialized techniques of the world's top seamsters. Behold the finer points of these 13 unforgettable gowns.
Whale bones, plant reeds, ivory, even wood—these were the "stays" sewn vertically into curve-sculpting bodices as early as 2000 B.C. Today, metal and high-quality, flexible resins are more common. The effect? Too-gorgeous-to-be-hidden shapewear.
"Signature" ivory silk-taffeta boned corset and "Princess" silk-mikado knife-pleated ball-gown skirt with bustle and train.
Here's proof that you can find major texture and serious volume in one sophisticated sweep. To create the skirt, seamstresses connected scores of fabric strips and arranged them in an arresting pattern.
"Lorelei" lace-and-organza strapless gown with corded bodice and flange wave skirt.
When you see a gown with gravity-defying curves, you can bet that wefts of horse-hair (synthetic these days, but originally the real deal) were sewn into hems to lend both heft and shape.
by Rita Vinieris "Martinique" silk-chiffon-and-Chantilly dress with high-low skirt.
The handmade variety has no backing, so it's beautiful on both sides. To create it, artisans braid, loop, and twist together an endless amount of thread using needles or bobbins.
Elizabeth Fillmore "Estelle" solstiss lace over a silk- charmeuse slip gown and leather gloves (both available at Gabriella New York
The stitches used in ancient days—chain, cross, blanket, running, and satin—are still employed today. In ateliers, the time-consuming craft is plied while a model wears the gown to ensure that each stitch is in the right spot.
silk-faille gown with silk-taffeta-and-sequin embroidery.
Sewing a swath of fabric on top of a gown in a way that's very 3-D produces a little (or a lot) of texture and volume. Doing so in a way that also flatters? Genius.
"Cheri" strapless a-line silk dress, coat with floral organza appliqué, and "Diana" lace pumps.
earrings and ring.
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