Antiquity is Modernity: The History of the White Dress

MimaMochi wearing Bariano Aysel Long Sleeve Lace White Dress Gown and Chanel Dubai Headpiece

MimaMochi wearing Bariano Aysel Long Sleeve Lace White Dress Gown and Chanel Seashell Clutch

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



    • June 13, 2017 / 18:29

      It’s an interesting piece of general knowledge trivia that I don’t believe too many people know about. At least that’s what it seems like since it doesn’t come up in conversation ever.

      Thanks! I was going for a Greek Goddess feel with this dress in the photo shoot. It does look quite regal like you say πŸ™‚

      Enjoy your week.

      Adrianna xx

    • June 13, 2017 / 18:33

      Thank you Gemma for your kind words πŸ™‚

      Have a beautiful rest of your week ahead!

      Adrianna xx

  1. June 13, 2017 / 00:40

    You look so gorgeous in this dreamy lace number! White dresses are always a winner in my opinion. Love the long sleeve length on this one!
    x Emily

    • June 13, 2017 / 18:40

      There’s just something about long white lace dresses which make them so elegant. The long sleeves on this particular dress is certainly a nice touch too.

      Enjoy your week Emily πŸ™‚

      Adrianna xx

    • June 13, 2017 / 18:53

      Thanks Jennifer πŸ™‚

      I aim to keep my content interesting and it’s always a bonus when people learn something new from my articles!

      All the best

      Adrianna xx

    • June 13, 2017 / 18:55

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      Always a pleasure. I’m glad you learned something new!

      Adrianna xx

  2. June 13, 2017 / 03:36

    I love the note on history! I didn’t know that Queen Victoria spearheaded the white dress – so cool.
    Your images and dress are also absolutely stunning! So awesome to come across your blog girl πŸ™‚

    xx, mel

    • June 13, 2017 / 19:01

      Thanks so much Mel! I always aim to keep my articles interesting and engaging.

      Your kind words and support are very much appreciated πŸ™‚

      Adrianna xx

  3. June 13, 2017 / 04:57

    Wow, I had no idea about how the white wedding dress came about. Such a fascinating story, thanks for sharing girlie! That said, you look absolutely gorgeous in this white gown. I love the intricate details and unique patterns and it hugs your figure beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have a great week ahead, beauty!



    • June 13, 2017 / 19:55

      Thanks for your beautiful support Jalisa! πŸ™‚

      It’s always a pleasure. I really enjoy writing these articles up and the photo shoots are always plenty of fun!

      Enjoy your week!

      Adrianna xx

    • June 13, 2017 / 20:04

      You’re too kind Susanne! πŸ™‚

      This dress certainly is sexy and elegant all in one. I really enjoyed photographing it around all the beautiful scenery.

      Have a great week!

      Adrianna xx

    • July 10, 2017 / 09:53

      Thanks Patricia πŸ™‚

      Enjoy your week!

      Adrianna xx

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:05

      Thanks Nina πŸ™‚

      I felt like a princess in that dress!

      Adrianna xx

  4. June 13, 2017 / 23:04

    That is a beautiful gown on you – it would be a perfect wedding dress as well! I had no idea about the history of the white dress, that was fascinating! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

    Hope you are having an awesome week so far! πŸ™‚

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:14

      I’m glad you learned something new about the history of the white wedding dress πŸ™‚

      Thank you for your support Mica! Have a wonderful week ahead.

      Adrianna xx

  5. June 14, 2017 / 02:10

    Hi Adrianna,
    I love posts like that. Beautiful pictures a story and some background information.
    The dress you have picked for this shoot is very pretty.
    Have a nice day. Love, Esther

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:16

      Hi Esther,

      I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Thank you for all your lovely support! πŸ™‚

      Have a great week!

      Adrianna xx

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:23

      Thanks Carly πŸ™‚

      Have a lovely week!

      Adrianna xx

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:25

      You’re too kind Aria πŸ™‚

      Enjoy your week!

      Adrianna xx

  6. June 15, 2017 / 12:45

    The long lacey sleeves are definitely a stunner. As I often tell my friends, white dresses are one of the most difficult items to shop for! Everything goes into play when choosing a white dress, material, thickness, flow…etc. This dress looks so elegant! | Hint of Grey

  7. Whitney
    June 15, 2017 / 13:21

    Hey A, looking even more fab when I check out this post on a desktop! I didn’t know about the history of the meaning of white at weddings! Always a beautiful princess to me xx

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:43

      Thanks Whitney, you’re too kind πŸ™‚ Yes wedding dresses would be worn in all different colours!

      Have a lovely week!

      Adrianna xx

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:54

      I’d love to!

      Thanks for your lovely support Radi πŸ™‚

      Adrianna xx

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:55

      You’re too kind Ashley! πŸ™‚

      Have a wonderful week ahead

      Adrianna xx

    • July 10, 2017 / 10:56

      Thanks Sophia πŸ™‚

      Have a lovely week!

      Adrianna xx

  8. June 21, 2017 / 10:45

    Love this white dress! Looks like a wedding gown yet so chic too. πŸ™‚

    Cathy in kawaii glasses

    • July 10, 2017 / 11:00

      It really could be a wedding gown. It’s such a lovely piece.

      Thanks Cathy πŸ™‚

      Adrianna xx

    • July 10, 2017 / 11:02

      It’s a beautiful dress.

      Enjoy your week πŸ™‚

      Adrianna xx

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