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Throughout history, women have tried to make their wedding dress special. At the time when marriages were of political importance, fabrics were hand spun and dresses were crafted with extreme care and honor of the bride’s significant beauty and representation of the country and prestige.

As history unfolds these skills were put to rest and woman began buying dresses. Commonly they chose a formal style of length with soft, elegant color. These dresses were most often selected with the ideal that they could later be used for formal evening wear.

The traditional white first made its debut in the eighteenth century with the wedding of Queen Victoria setting the stage of its effect. Women were in awe over her beauty expressed in white silk and lace. The dress was designed so that you could adapt the bodice an retrim it for evening wear.

After the “Roaring Twenties” came the depression and these times were characterized by a change in fashion. Waistlines returned to their natural position and became more defined. Hemlines dropped back below the knee, though they were never again to reach the floor.

The white wedding dress faded during the years of the war. Little changed in its fashion over the next several years. It wasn’t until the seventies that any change significance came. During that time, sleeves cut to point over the hand, sleeves became styled with more flare. The eighties continued the trend by developing a fuller effect in the skirt of the dress.

The nineties took the dress even further away from its conservative heritage. Embroidery and beading was applied on a more stiffly sculpted bodice. The style took the sleeves away from the shoulders and the skirt was now designed in a variety of styles.

In the current century we can expect to see further changes in fabric and altering in form. Imagination and creativity will play a larger role than in centuries past. This new breath of freedom will definitely leave many wedding audiences in awe.

In ancient times brides normally dressed in white for their wedding ceremony. These white robes were symbolic to the youth, purity, and joy of the bride. Despite this, white gowns have not always been the fashion and only came into popularity in Victorian times as a show of wealth. A young bride wears the color with pride and respect for the woman she’s represented and the entrustment of her virginity to her husband.

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