Vera Wang Debuts Black Wedding Dress Collection.

20 Oct

Is black the new white in wedding dresses? Vera Wang debuted a line of gothic black wedding dresses at her Fall 2012 runway show in New York this weekend. The designer, who is behind wedding gowns worn by Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, Chelsea Clinton and Avril Lavigne, showed a gothic 15-piece collection of voluminous dresses in organza, tulle, lace and chiffon that featured not one single classic ivory dress.

But this is not the first time the designer has shocked with her designs. Wang, who worked at U.S Vogue for 16 years as a senior fashion editor before leaving after being over looked for the editor in chief position to set up her own bridal design company, is no stranger to subverting current tradition, regularly designing wedding gowns that run the gamut of the colour chart in dove greys and mint greens.

Such a dramatic statement may seem new to our eyes, but black and red wedding dresses are more traditional than you might think. Until Queen Victoria popularised the trend for white when she wore the shade for her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840, many brides wore heavily embroidered brocade gowns with silver and white thread in colours such as bright blue, yellow, grey, brown and, of course, black. Following Queen Victoria´s example, many elite families wore white as a status symbol after that, an expensive gown that could be easily ruined was seen as a sign of conspicuous consumption.

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker wore black on her wedding day in 1997 but says her dark-coloured gown is something she still regrets… How about you, would you wear black on your wedding day??

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3 Responses to “Vera Wang Debuts Black Wedding Dress Collection.”

  1. lilly October 23, 2011 at 12:02 #

    These dresses are amazingly beautiful! I´m not quite sure if I´d dare wear a black wedding dress though..

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