Magic wedding dresses
Wedding dress carries a history of centuries, the traditions of different countries and peoples. Because at all times the bride sought to embody his ideas of beauty. Greek beauty, the lovely ladies of the middle Ages, refined virgin Revival and socialite New time – all of them contributed in a wedding dress the part of their culture. Many styles and decorative elements, invented a century ago, in his own way was reflected in the wedding fashion of the XXI century.
Until a certain time concepts wedding dresses as such did not exist – girls were married just in fancy clothes. Moreover, the choice of fabrics and embellishments for dresses depended on the origin of the bride. And traditions of a particular society. In Ancient Greece, for example, brides dressed in a light, flowing dress, Shrouding the shape of the peplos – a long piece of fabric. Modesty and simplicity of the garments were designed to emphasize the charm of youth. The head is marrying the girl was covered with a yellow cloth, symbolizing the sun joy, happiness and purity. To highlight the bride among others, the dress was decorated with two clasps. And the richer and nobler was the family of the bride, the more they were precious metals, patterns and stones.
Ancient Roman women wore more stringent service, falling flat folds as it bends clothes Juno, goddess of marriage and motherhood. And his head was covered with a scarlet cloth, so that on its background to look languid, pale as marble statues.
Under the sign of the sun
Rus also liked the color red, symbolizing joy, sunshine and beauty. He meant the coming transformation of a girl into a woman. That is why Russian wedding dress certainly was either entirely red or white, but richly embroidered in red thread.
Wedding dresses in Russia have long been a privilege of the upper classes. Peasant bride was brought before the altar in a special wedding dresses. They consisted wedding shirts – zelasny, dress or peevy, apron, belt, headdress. Complement the image of the bride beaded decorations, ribbons, feathers, coins. This clothing was possible to close the body of the girl to protect her from the jealousy of the guests, the evil eye and evil spirits that could prevent her coming happiness.
And shirt, and dress, and an apron decorated with elegant embroidery – it does not only made clothes festive look, but also had a symbolic meaning. In Orthodox Russia actively used pagan symbols, often not remembering their original magical sense. So, on the hem and on the sides of the dress, as a rule, placed diamonds – symbols of fertility; crosses and swastikas, representing the sun and fertility; and floral design – the embodiment of eternal nature, from the favor which, according to young, depended on their happiness.
These ancient Slavic traditions were kept until the beginning of XX century. However, kept them mostly peasants, burghers and merchants. And the Russian nobility, from the time of Peter the great, began to follow the European wedding fashion and all of its copy, albeit with some delay.
But then came the XV century, and with it an elegant dress of the bride have found an unusual shape. The perpetrators of this change were the Crusades – in fulfilling its mission, the knights have long been home and only briefly visited the Ladies hearts. For women, who had been yearning for her lover, the main joy was waiting child. And the amazing thing is that through this pregnancy came into fashion! The bride began to order a special multi-layered wedding dress with a deep neckline, bodice and certainly – high waist. This style was intended flirtatious hint on “position” women. And if the bride wasn’t pregnant, she would slip under the dress special cushion! Because the stomach was considered the embodiment of prosperity and happiness.
Featured bride not only a special outfit, but also a special headdress of Henin. He was a tower with a height of one meter, on top of which was adorned by a light veil – similar to the modern veil.
The color scheme of the dresses could be absolutely anyone, and often the dress was colorful. It was considered a sign of high social status – the more dyes could afford the bride, the richer was her family. And only in the end of XV century became fashionable monochromatic outfits, as France began to organize «white balls.
Renaissance wedding dresses
The Renaissance marked the end of invented forms of the middle Ages and introduced the fashion naturalness and harmony. So the wedding dress has a new challenge – to emphasize the natural features of the shape. The waistline “down” to her place, and the skirt was less lush. Looked this model dresses are very feminine and elegant. Not by chance it passed through the centuries and has become a classic of the bride dresses.
Interest in the man in the Renaissance has defined a new ideal of beauty and, of course, a new shell – suit, over which worked not only tailors, but also artists. Beauty service was not in the graphic elegance of the silhouette of the fashion of the late middle Ages, and in picturesque juicy, bright color combinations.
Fashion also includes luxury, brilliance and richness of decoration. Dresses began to sew of silver brocade, white satin and a new way of fabric – satin with mirror tint. Very ornate looked bodice, embroidered with jewels and embroidery throughout the fabric. The main decoration was considered pearls that are perfectly combined with white satin. It is popular and modern brides.