Thanks to a few designers like Vera Wang and Elizabeth Fillmore, mermaid silhouettes have been enjoying a rebirth within the last few years. From skirts that flare gently around the knees to pouf versions, they're all back to stay this time. Like the legendary creature herself, the mermaid is half and half: half sheath, half ball gown. Fitted long and snug to the knees then POW! Either a full flared skirt or tiers of ruffles complete the look, sometimes falling into (no pun intended) a fishtail train in back. Big glam look in the 1950s in heavier, highly polished satins. Bombshells like Jane Mansfield donned some high voltage, kitchy-chic with this cut.

JLM Couture

Most of the drama of a Mermaid is not only in how the skirt flares but what it's made up of . . .
Mariane Lanting Couture

Vera Wang


Suzanne Neville

Amanda Wakeley

Mermaids are great alternatives for shorter brides who love the ball gown look but can't wear it for it's all consumingness.