I find the history of the white dress, and all it stands to represent fascinating. Take a white gown for example. Its identity is synonymous with the modern bride, thought to resemble the antiquated idea of virginal purity and innocence. However, what most people fail to realize is how exactly the tradition came about.
There was once a time when brides used to wear an array of different colors. Embellishments, beading, expensive lace and luxurious fabrics were favored over the color of the wedding gown. The intricate details symbolized the wealth and social status of the bride’s family. White only became popular in 1840, when Queen Victoria married Albert of Saxe-Coburg. The wedding garnered loads of attention, owing to the fact that it was the first time in almost 90 years that a Queen had been married.
Wealthy, fashionable brides then quickly adopted wearing white, and to this very day this tradition has stood the test of time. This to me makes Queen Victoria one of the biggest trendsetters in history! A tremendous feat, considering social media, television and internet were not in existence to broadcast her famous dress. It is absolutely fascinating that a custom so old has survived and thrived in modern times.
Here in this post I am wearing a fabulous dress gifted to me by Bariano. For the imagery, Chanel's recent Cruise showing "Antiquity is Modernity" was fresh in mind, so I took inspiration from the ancient Greek muses. Like the origin of the wedding dress, I wanted to experiment with the idea of taking what is beautiful current day and seeing how it interacted in an antiquated setting.
This long sleeved lace number was an absolute dream to wear and would suit so many fabulous events! I think that whether you’re getting married or not, you should always have the freedom to wear white whenever you wish, whatever the occasion!
Adrianna is wearing
Bariano Aysel long sleeved dress with sheer panels (shop here) and Chanel headpiece and bag