573 Magazine Nov 2017 - Page 34

According to Wikipedia, the tradition of a white wedding dress is commonly credited to Queen Victoria’s choice to wear a white court dress at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840.  Royal brides before Victoria did not typically wear white, instead choosing “heavy brocaded gowns embroidered with white and silver thread,” with red being a particularly favorite color in Western Europe more generally. European and American brides had been wearing a plethora of colors, including blue, yellow, and standard colors like black, brown, or gray. As accounts of Victoria’s wedding spread across the Atlantic and throughout Europe, elites followed her lead. Unique ivory and light-gold lace, sheath wedding dress with V-neckline, opal beads throughout, and an illusion lace back.