Friday, June 29, 2012

PLEAT CHIC

When you think of pleats does your schoolgirl uniform in a Black Watch plaid come to mind? Try again.  Wedding dresses have some of the most pleated skirts and bodices you’ll find and it's about time they had a special post of their very own. Lots of A-line and princess styles in heavier fabrics such as satin, taffeta and moiré have deep (sometimes very deep) box or inverted pleats instead of gathers in the skirt.  Okay so . . . . why use a pleat instead of a gather? Pleats are designed to fall flat in folds through the waist and/or hip area (where the skirt is joined) and not bunch up like gathering does. The result is a well-fitting, uninterrupted line up the bodice with a beautiful and even fullness in the skirt. There's more to pleats than the traditional bodice and skirt treatments.  Here are a few  happenings in bridal and gala I'm loving . . .


Above: Amsale, a designer known and loved for pockets and pleats on her full skirts

6 comments:

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Love all of these, I think pleating is so pretty, like waves :)) x

The Fashion Commentator said...

For me pleat means just Valentino. I remember a fantastic dress treated as in the first image! ;)
Alessandro - http://www.thefashioncommentator.blogspot.it

Truly Engaging said...

Pockets & pleats ... a perfectly lovely pairing!

Be Inspired! - Susu said...

I love the first dress... can I get it like... now? Hot and summery in Quebec City:)

Pop in for a visit, dear!!! Pink cakes are ready!!

prettymeggy said...

i love pleat dresses and i love how it became fashion now not only for wedding or special occasion :)

hope you had lovely weekend and take care.

xoxo, Haus of Gala

Evaline R said...

Pleats are ridiculous - in a good way! I love the little flapper-style gown at the top; it's just the right amount of romantic anachronism and hip, retro chic.