Freakish or Fabulous?
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Burlesque Bombshell, Dita Von Teese is known for her fabulous and over the top fashion, though when she married rocker Marylin Manson she went outside the box and over the top in her wedding gown fashion. Many wedding gown designers are spicing their runways up with colored dresses. What are your thoughts on a non-traditional wedding gown? Is it Freakish or Fabulous?
The tradition of a white wedding is commonly credited to Queen Victoria’s choice to wear a white wedding dress at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840.
Most 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 popular color in Western Europe more generally. American brides had been wearing a excess of colors including brown and grey but not often “white.” As accounts of Victoria’s wedding spread across the Atlantic and throughout Europe elites followed her lead. Etiquette books then began to turn the practice into a tradition and the white gown soon became a popular symbol of status that also carried “a implication of innocence and purity.” By the end of the 19th century the white dress was the garment of choice for elite brides on both sides of the Atlantic. In the twentieth century the tradition grew to include the practice of only wearing the dress once.
“Married in white, you will have chosen all right. Married in grey, you will go far away. Married in black, you will wish yourself back. Married in red, you’ll wish yourself dead. Married in blue, you will always be true. Married in pearl, you’ll live in a whirl. Married in green, ashamed to be seen. Married in yellow, ashamed of the fellow. Married in brown, you’ll live out of town. Married in pink, your spirits will sink.”