When you think of a wedding dress, regardless of style, everyone imagines it white. Traditionally this is associated with purity, innocence, virtue?
At the moment, it is a concept very rooted in the western world, but it has not always been so.Throughout the history the color of the dress has been varying and the brides have used almost all the chromatic range.
For many centuries, rather than symbolizing the purity or fertility of the bride, the dress was a clear reflection of the economic situation of the family who gave their daughter in marriage.
During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the upper classes wore velvet dresses, brocades, silks, furs,? Noble fabrics in strong colors, since these types of dyes were more expensive and were not within reach of the flat people who only had access to natural dyes and that for wedding dresses used wool or linen instead of the rough fabrics of their Clothes of diary. In any case, the length of the tail of the dress (or the amount of cloth they could afford) showed the social and economic status of the family.
By the seventeenth century the nobility and the monarchy began to opt for the metallic tones, full of embroidery in silver and gold. A further symbol of their economic and social power.
In 1840 the wedding of Queen Victoria was celebrated in England with its cousin, Prince Albert of Saxony-Coburg-Saalfeld. She, being only 21 years old, had no need to convince anyone of her wealth and power, but if she wished to show her people that she was worthy to wear the crown.
After the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain, the traditional textile industry, on which many English towns depended, had suffered the consequences of the apparition of machinery that made lace in an industrial way.
Faced with this situation, Queen Victoria chose these craftsmen to create a spectacular piece of lace for her wedding dress. So superb work of craftsmanship had to show off, after assessing the possible options and under the direction of the designer William Dyce opted for the white, on which lace could look in all their splendor. In this case the choice of color was more a matter of practice and state than a symbol of purity.
Maybe she was not the first girlfriend to dress in white, but, (although there were no wedding blogs) her own, it was a very media wedding. All Occident witnessed and the photograph of her wedding reached countless homes, making her dress very popular.
First the nobility and with the arrival of the twentieth century and the most fashionable concept of fashion the white color became popular as the traditional color for Western brides.
In Spain, the economic and social situation made it slow to adopt the target in the wedding dress, surely many of you have seen pictures of the wedding of your grandmothers dressed in black. It was not until the middle of the century, perhaps driven by another very media royal wedding, that of Grace Kelly, that white, in all its variants, became the favorite color by Spanish brides.
I can not help but tell you, strange as it may seem, that of Queen Victoria and Albert of Saxony was a great love story, not a concerted marriage.
On her wedding day, when she could have worn any of the spectacular jewels she possessed, she chose as the main piece a blue sapphire brooch, a gift from her fiance, placed in the center of her cleavage. Contributing also to the use of this stone as a way to wear something blue on the wedding day, color associated with the Virgin and according to tradition guarantees fidelity and eternal love in marriage.
And you, have you chosen your something blue?
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