Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Just how much does the world of ballet influence bridal? A lot. Traditional ballet costume evolved in the era of the Johann Strauss', a young Queen Victoria, and Giselle, an 1840s ballet by Aldophe Adam. Think classic corps de ballet in long white tulle and a floral wreath and you've nailed the look. Also reflecting the silhouette of the ballet costume as we know it, Queen Victoria clinched the look when she married Prince Albert wearing yards of white lace and dressing her flock of attendants accordingly.
Gown by Amy-Jo Tatum
The hourglass silhouette is most synonymous with ballet and remains the pinnacle of bridal wear. The ball gown is as romantic a confection as those seen in the corps de ballet, flowing in swirls of white tulle. The skirt and its under structure are both based on volume. Thus, sweeping skirts equal sweeping entrances especially awesome on brides who know how to work their strut.

Though tulle is the most typical fabric for the ballet-inspired gown there's a whole range of gossamer sheers like organza, silk organdy, chiffon, and Georgettes that work beautifully. Defined, tulle is a fine mesh netting with a hexagonal pattern that comes in silk, cotton, nylon or acrylic/silk for power netting.
Below are variations on the short ball gown more commonly known as 'the tutu'.


Ashley said...


Kristy said...

The dresses are beautiful. I love tulle! My gown had an overlay of it which was just enough without being too overwhelming for me since I am "older". :)

also had my hair dresser weave strips of tulle through my hair in place of traditional veil.

A Very Sweet Blog said...

The ballet definitely influences wedding gowns! So heavenly and romantic.

Lilli said...

beautiful ballerina bride inspiration! xoxo

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous post!
Absolutely love these gowns!


Unknown said...

love them all ! especially the last one :)

Chloe XX

Sam said...

The last image is so pretty, I loved the frilly tiered skirt, my idea of feminine and beautiful!

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Rebecca said...

Ok faulous Princess gowns! I just adore these! So lovely! I want one! :)


Unknown said...

Those dresses are simply gorgeous!

Kisses, Lucy:)

Wedding Wardrobe said...

They all are stunning beauties but the one with the dark colored satin sahs is to me on top of preferences. And it seems it brings something in common wiht the dress one of the protagonists of the "Bride Wars", right?