When you imagine your wedding day, the first concept that comes in mind is, "I want to look like a princess". This goes to show that some way or another, royal weddings have inspired several women’s dream weddings - from the style of the tiara and veil to the cut of the wedding gown.
It is no doubt that royal weddings have evolved from Queen Elizabeth I, who married King George VI without wearing a tiara, as they were not popular in 1923, and instead wore a full veil covering her entire head, Mirror UK reported.
Queen Mary, grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II gave her granddaughter her Russian Fringe tiara on her wedding day and since then, we have seen a few modern brides in tiaras at royal weddings.
Here are three 'traditional' royal wedding gown styles that have influenced the dresses of modern brides:
In the early 16th and 17th centuries, the corset was introduced as an undergarment by Catherine de Medici into France in the 1500s, and had its origins in Italy. The women of the French court embraced it and it has since become a popular item for women across the globe. Among all other bridal traditions Queen Victoria introduced, including the white dress, she was the first royal bride to introduce a corset in 1840.
Following her, was the grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Mary in 1893, another royal bride who wore a corset on her big day. In 2019, corsets for brides are making their return, with brides now accentuating their figures and curves using this item.
The neckline is the most important element of any dress, as it highlights your facial features, flatters your figure, and balances the proportions of your body. According to Mirror UK, royal brides have moved with the times when it comes to necklines. For example, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester's wedding gown had a cluster of orange blossoms by her neckline when she got married in 1935.
At her first wedding in 1973, Princess Anne wore a Tudor-style high-neck gown, and at her second wedding in 1992, she wore a high-neck knee-length dress. When Princess Diana got married in 1981, she wore a dress with a V-neck front with a taffeta bow. Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, wore a dress that featured a bateau-style neckline.
Sleeves have evolved a lot over the fashion years, and when it comes to brides, new trends were introduced which now don’t seem as on-trend anymore. From long to short sleeves with long lace gloves, the first royal bride to make a big change in the design of her wedding gown sleeves was Princess Anne, who wore her Tudor-style high-neck gown that had dramatic trumpet sleeves.
Princess Diana most likely had the most memorable dress, which ushered in a new trend for brides of the 80’s - large balloon sleeves.
The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, tied the knot in a lace-sleeved dress, while The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, wore a three-quarter length sleeve dress designed by Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller.
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