Saturday, May 26, 2018

Two Royal Weddings & A White Dress

Don´t panic! I'm not going to talk about the royal wedding of Prince Harry with the American Meghan Markle (I guess you heard about it, right?), but why the wedding dress is currently traditionally white. Have not you ever asked? Well here is a server to explain and put you in the background. A long time ago in a galaxy far far away (Oops, wait I get lost!), we are not going to go far, more or less, we are going back some 600/700 years and we stood ourselves in the Middle Ages.

Princess Charlotte
on her wedding day (1816).

In that time the brides did not marry in white, rather they wore very varied colors like red, blue, green ... with golden threads and decorations. The dresses were certainly showy and represented their status. A little more there (just a little), during the Renaissance women, married with dresses embroidered with precious gemstones, a luxury ostentation. It seems that eventually “the thing of getting married” should not be taken with so much color and so many (gem)stones (if you think about it, it makes sense). And so there was a woman who thought that getting married in white would be much more fashion. This rebel was the princess Charlotte who married wearing the first white wedding dress in 1816.

Queen Victoria wearing
her wedding dress (1840).

Years later her cousin who was, nothing more and nothing less, Queen Victoria of England decided to copy the idea and passed from wearing the classic silver bride dress, typical of royalty, and also contracted nuptials in white with Prince Albert of Saxony-Coburg-Gotha (these royal surnames dry one's throat) wearing a heavy silk satin dress. That's when it happened ... the English women told themselves that if Vicky married in white, then they too. Even so, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the color black was introduced for this ceremony. The brides said: "Come on! now we're getting married in black!" (very dramatic, certainly, but I have to confess that black is my favorite color, so I think it's great).

Wedding dress (1950s).

This did not last long, and in the mid-twentieth century, the white color was considered the standard one when it came to the altar. And so on until our days. Scholars say that the white wedding dress is linked to Innocence and Purity (ahem, a little out of date in the times in which we live). But hey!, after all, the color is unimportant.

See you next week, vintage lovers!

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