A red wedding dress or bridal apparel is the norm in many cultures. And many American brides are catching up to the idea that it is an awesome color in which to speak their "I dos."
However, in America, red still has some conflicting connotations. Some Western brides and their families find it almost offensive.
Our research shows that a lot of this sentiment against red came from the powerful influential Queen Victoria back in the 1800s. Red went from being a luxury color to being associated with "loose women." In Europe, countries such as England have begun to adopt red again. In France, it used to be considered very bad luck to be married in white. Afterall, Marie Antoniate chose white, instead of the customary red, and we all know that worked out.
Other cultures, however, have always embraced red and continue to do so.
In China, the color red is considered good luck and a strong color that can keep away evil spirits. The traditional Chinese wedding dress in northern China is usually wears a wedding dress call Qi Pao which is embroidered with elaborate gold and silver designs. Brides from southern China usually wears a wedding dress call Qun Gua, Kwa or Cheongsam, also elaborately adorned with golden phoenix and dragon.
We are the first to admit that we love Vera Wang, her dresses are utterly amazing and whatever she makes is breathtaking gorgeous. Before you freak out and say I would never wear a red dress to my wedding, we want you to know that anything you see here is available in a traditional white or ivory.
This season several designers dared to go beyond traditional white and featured a show-stopping gown in red.
Fashion alert! White wedding-dresses are out, according to runways at Bridal Fashion Week, and red gowns are in.
For as long as we can remember Valentino was the mastermind behind red dresses, but now fashion gurus like Oscar de la Renta and Romona Keveza have added ruby red to their highly coveted bridal gowns. And Vera Wang? Her bridal collection was most colorful of them all, including colors from rosy red to crimson and everything in between.
What most brides don’t realize, however, is that culturally and historically, the use of red in weddings is quite common, especially in Buddhist and Hindu cultures where the color is a symbol of good luck. In fact, the tradition of wearing white bridal gowns is fairly recent, made popular only after Queen Victoria’s marriage in 1840 - and the subsequent marriages of her daughters in 1858 and 1863 - wherein they all wore simple white satin dresses with an orange blossom wreath headdress and lace veil. And because royal weddings have always influenced the wedding ceremonies of non-royal couples (with the brides often imitating the princesses’ style of dress), it’s no wonder how the tradition has stuck to this day.
If you want to be the center of attention and have all the eyes on you, you can go for bright, bold and daring red wedding dresses. Red is considered as the universally sexy shade out of all wedding dress colors and it is associated with blood, passion, love, fire, roses and a lot more. Red wedding dresses usually say a lot of things since they are sexy, beautiful and tantalizing. Maybe, a red wedding dress is a reminder of more romantic time? Red wedding dresses turn out to be sizzling and promise an ultimate attractive look for any bride.
Roses are red, no actually wedding dresses are. Wedding dresses like every other fashion has evolved with time. Be daring or be different it’s merely about your personal choice whether you want it or not. For that plush-uptown look, red definitely is the most promising of all. Lehngas, ghararas, sarees, shalwar kameez, gowns, drapes blouses and dupattas; red has a long way to go. You can have little of skin show for all that chic look. Whether its off-shoulder or belly-cut red makes it all look opulent on that big day of your life.
Brides have been breaking away from the traditional Red wedding dress ever since some new trends granted black, blue, fuchsia, green and every other unconventional color to be a new ‘Red”. But no other color can be as, “invigoratingly red as The Red itself”.
For the modern bride there are choices our grandmas could only dare to dream of let alone actually speak of. For instance, the idea of a red wedding dress is now more than just an idea, it’s a reality. The wedding of style, class and color is becoming more and more popular. In keeping with the times, the bride can choose to wear whatever color she wants and not have to feel one bit embarrassed about it. Instead she can walk down the aisle with pride and dignity, wearing her femininity literally on her sleeve.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something…red? Yep, red bridal gowns are a thing for the spring 2013 season, if the latest shows are any indication. It’s bridal fashion week, and while the traditional white dress is still by far the most popular color, red has come out as a surprising trend for spring 2013. Vera Wang’s collection was entirely red with not a speck of white or ivory, running the gamut from scarlet to deep magenta. Oscar de la Renta, whose refreshing collection featured a lot of color (by bridal standards), also showed two red dresses.
What’s turning these designers onto a color that in Western countries generally screams “sex!” and not “bride”? It might just have something to do with China’s ever-increasing influence in the fashion world.
Vera Wang’s collection was titled “Mei Meng” (with accompanying Chinese characters) which means, “Dream.” Per the notes in Wang’s spring 2013 lookbook:
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