Welcome back, Hollie! You might remember Hollie as a guest blogger for Hue. She always has something fun up her sleeve. Here's a little more about her:
Hollie Jackson is a LEED Accredited Professional and an associate member of the IACC-NA. She has been involved in color and material selection for interior and exterior commercial projects for the past 8 years. Hollie lives in Sacramento, California and hopes that all her research on wedding dresses becomes relevant in her personal life very soon.
A colorful history of the wedding dress
by Hollie Jackson
Arnolfini Wedding Portrait has always been one of my favorite works of art. I love all the detail in the painting and how I discover something new every time I spend some time looking at it. I came across it while browsing the internet recently and had a thought: this is a wedding portrait, but she’s not wearing a white gown. It got me curious about the tradition of the white dress. I know that other cultures have different ideas about what colors brides wear, and I’ve read about the histories behind those, but I’ve never given the white dress thing a second thought. Just took it as something that is, was and always will be.
I did some digging and learned that Mrs. Arnolfini’s gown (painted in 1434) was green to symbolize the couple’s hope for fertility in their marriage (which is funny since she already looks totally pregnant. I guess that green gown did the trick!) Before white became the standard, most brides opted for color. Wedding gowns were meant to be incorporated into the bride’s wardrobe after the big day, so practical colors and fabrics were chosen.
Vera Wang. This dress apparently caused quite a stir at New York Fashion Week. Although Wang and other designers have had offerings outside of the white range for the past few years, most colored gowns tend to stay within the muted tones and still have a very traditional effect.
hanfu, the bride wears red, a symbol of good luck in her culture. Modern Chinese brides commonly have two or more wedding ensembles that they change into over the course of the day to mark different parts of the ceremony; one of these almost always includes a red gown.
Any engaged folks out there considering a non-traditional outfit for your special day? What about you all who have already tied the knot? Did you knock everyone's socks off in something unexpectedly colorful? Please share!