There was an era - more or less between the wedding of Victoria of England in the mid-19th century and the beginning of the 21st century, just before the last economic crisis - in which the brides sought to be more and more - volumes, accessories, brightness, status ... everything added up so that one felt on the most important day of his life.
It is true that, During this period, stoppages occurred in the nuptial ostentation: in the 30 / 40 years and in the 60 / 70 years of the 20th century - both periods of war, crisis or generational relays. Recently something similar happened with girlfriends. After the worst economic crisis of the last 50 years, from 2010 (more or less) a large part of the brides returned to adopt more romantic and bohemian styles, they began to worry less about bridal conventions and civil weddings rose exponentially - just as brands and designers increased offering boho dresses.
It is clear that a cycle in bridal fashion is identified here, which in turn originates from a series of important social factors, and this may even lead us to think that such a cycle will end and ostentation will return. As a designer that I am, I also really believe that this will happen but fashion, as a social science, is much more complex than a simple identification of cycles and repetitions.
The truth is that whenever a new cycle in fashion starts, however much this may resemble any of the past cycles, reality shows that this new cycle always incorporates new variables not contemplated before. I honestly believe that it is almost inevitable that women want to dress again in a more impressive way (something closely linked to economic cycles, since clothing and accessories are, and always have been, status symbols), but it is also true that new women increasingly meet conditions (despite the much work that remains to be done to achieve gender equality) that our mothers, grandmothers or great-great-grandmothers were not lucky enough to achieve in their time: economic independence, job promotion, sexual liberation. Society may not yet see women as equal to us as men, but it is undeniable that all these factors imply more freedom for women today than women had 50 years ago.
And if women are becoming more and more free, it also means that: we will be more as we want to be and less like the stereotypes they impose on us; we will dress to be attractive, elegant and sensual, but also to feel comfortable and not simply as trophies of a man; We will want to stand out for our status and social ascent but we will not deny our roots, authenticity or pride of who we are and achieve, without Photoshop or craving for surreal beauty.
For all this, the brides that are coming will be very different from the brides of the beginning of this 21st century - and it is thinking of those women that I have developed my wedding designs.
I have chosen Sheila, one of the brides for whom I designed her wedding dress this summer, as an example of what I just told you.
Her attitude, the moments of her wedding and consequently her dress, I think perfectly reflect what the new contemporary brides will be.
Joining Sheila's ideas with mine, I designed a dress that, despite bohemian inspiration, goes beyond of what would be a simple romantic dress and introduces some points in the line of what I think will mark the trend of the coming years.
I wanted to take full advantage of the figure of Sheila, more than anything like adorning her body and creating a second skin with a delicate layer of beige embroidered lace that at no time seemed an addition but a whole.
I placed chains that fell down his arms, a baroque subtlety that in my opinion added distinction to the look.
We have set aside any cancan or corset, being that to provide balance to the figure I only used subtle forms with the tissues (such as on the shoulders and necklines), along with a slight flight and tail in the skirt.
To all this I added a set of transparencies in the tail, which along with the embroidered lace and necklines with geometric proportions were more than enough to show off how attractive Sheila is already. Features and technical details to provide what almost all current women are looking for: elegance, comfort and sensuality.
The photos speak for themselves. What you see is spontaneity, authenticity and happiness, without masks, touch-ups or inns. Sheila, like her husband, enjoyed, danced and loved on her wedding day - I don't know if it was the most important day of her life, but surely one of the happiest (and also the funniest!).
Sheila is one of those modern brides who are part of an innovative bridal trend, as I usually call the new contemporary brides. A trend in which women are no longer just romantic or retro, they are no longer just classic or modern, they are no longer just princesses or austere, but each woman owns her body, mind and destiny, while her styling betrays without All the other woman's big taps behind.