Wedding Gowns_ Color And Style Depends On Religion And Culture by tokobagus


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									Color, style and ceremonial importance of the gown depends on the
religion and culture of the participants.

In modern tradition, the color of western-culture wedding dresses is
white. Used in this sense, 'white' or 'wedding white' includes creamy
shades such as eggshell, ecru and ivory. The popularity of this color can
be traced back to 1840 and the marriage of Queen Victoria to Albert of
Saxe-Coburg. The Queen chose to wear a white gown for the event. The
official wedding portrait photograph was widely published and many brides
opted for a similar dress in honor of that choice. The tradition
continues today.

Prior to the Victorian era a bride was married in any color except black
(the color of mourning) or red (which was connected with prostitutes).
The white dress came to symbolize purity of heart and the innocence of
childhood. Later attribution suggested that the color white symbolized
virginity which is false. However it was originally the color blue that
was connected to purity.

The term "bridal gown" originates from the word al which means party
combined with bride is Bridal i.e. "Bride's Party Gown". In the middle
Ages wedding parties were simply called Bride-al's. A bridal train is the
part of the wedding dress that trails behind the bride, the term is
derived from similar train worn by Kings & Queens, which themselves are
derived from seeing a Peacock, which were used as royal birds.

Many wedding dresses in China are colored red, the traditional color of
good luck. In modern Chinese weddings, particularly in Western countries,
the bride usually goes for the white Western dress or changes from a red
gown to a white gown later in the day.

Also in northern parts of India, the traditional color of female wedding
garments is red. South Indian weddings traditionally use white or cream
colored saris. With Indians in Western countries, the bride often wears
the sari at the wedding ceremony and change into traditional Indian wear
afterwards (like lehnga, choli, et cetera).

Current fashion was followed in the dropped waist and generally unshaped
bodice, and in the way the headdress was worn low over the brow, clasping
the veil to the bride's head in a way that echoed the cloche hat every
woman was wearing.

We have now reached a new century, and no doubt the wedding gown will
carry on changing in fabric and altering in form. But there is equally no
doubt that it will remain with us. Since the civil wedding laws were
relaxed in the 1990s, allowing marriages to be conducted almost anywhere;
even those with no religious convictions can have a beautiful setting for
a full-rig "do".

As wedding fashion continues to evolve separately from the general vogue,
people have felt freer to allow full rein for their imaginations, and
some wedding parties are not so much in "best" dress as fancy dress, as
themed and fantasy costumes are the order of the day. Which all goes to
prove that everyone likes to dress up now and again, and every girl wants
her day in the sun?

Victor Epand is an expert fashion consultant

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