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Timeline: the evolution of a wedding fashion

The transformation fo a wedding fashion from the 1840 to the present day.
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Records indicate that the tradition of wearing a white dress originated in 1840, with the Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, who married the Prince Albert in a white garment made of satin and lace, with flowers. Although today, as the decades go by, some brides dare and use dresses of other colors, for example, shades of pink, rosé and beige, white is still predominant.

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In the middle of 1900 the use of the corset and the tradition of passing on lace and veils from generation to generation, from the mother to the daughter, marked the era. The dresses, at that time, were predominantly long, without huge petticoats and without frames, with a lots of lace, flowers and ribbons.

From year to year, trends and reinterpretations of a wedding dress models change sometime quite revolutionary, but, what does not change is that, in every wedding, the bride's dress generates an expectation, emotion and curiosity in the guests. It is no wonder, after all, the dress has a strong symbolism and prints personal taste, personality and what message the bride wants to convey on the wedding day, regardless of the style chosen, which can vary between modern, romantic, sexy, etc.

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In addition to dresses, changes in hairstyle, makeup, veil, shoes, accessories and even the type of bouquet used by brides at different times can also be noticed. Check out, this evolution, portrayed in a timeline with the decades that had the most striking changes with iconic models of wedding dresses.

1950 - The dresses of that time were marked by long, lacy sleeves and a closed collar. Inspired by Christian Dior's "New Look", the well-defined silhouette and midi skirt were also highlights of the time. There is no way to go through the 50s without mentioning the wedding of Grace Kelly, who became the Princess of Monaco when she married the Prince Rainier III in 1956. Her dress not only marked the entire decade, but serves as a reference to this day.

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1960 - The decade was marked by two strong trends. With the appearance of the miniskirt, which revolutionized fashion, many brides chose to shorten the length of the dresses or use the classic tube dress, developed by Yves Saint Laurent. However, the minimalist dress and veil with embroidered lace were also on the rise.

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Photo: Audrey Hepburn in Cinderella in Paris

1970 - We reach an unforgettable era! Even if you didn't live at that time, you will remember one of the references that most marked fashion: the hippie movement. With wedding dresses, it was no different. They had handmade pieces that had textures, natural elements, lace and embroidery. The most popular models had a straight cut, with a wider fit at the waist, light, fluid and with less volume.

 

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1980 - Popularly known as the age of exaggeration, which fostered the idea of "princess dresses". The 80's were marked by dresses that had many colors, ruffles, stones, shoulder pads and volume, both on the bottom and on the puff sleeves, and the hairstyles were also quite voluminous.

An iconic and extravagant dress of the time was that of Diana Spencer, the princess of England, who married the Prince Charles in 1981. Another example of a royal marriage that served as inspiration for many brides when choosing the dress of dreams.

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1990 - The 1990s were marked by minimalism. The dress and veil absorbed a more “clean” trend, without so much information, embroidery, ruffles and without the exaggerated volume at the bottom, with a lighter fit. To complement it, some details, such as one or a few thin and satin bands at the waist, were enough.

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2000 From the 2000s, “mermaid” dresses emerged, which delivered a sexier proposal, adjusting and modeling the bride's body. This type of model may have a slit from the knees to the feet, in addition to having options without handles. Since then, bridal dresses have been modernized and evolved further, expanding the range of style and cut options, which appeal to all tastes. Personalization has become a very important factor in the production of brides, who are able to innovate and choose with much more freedom and adaptation. Thus, it is possible to mix the classic with the modern by including unusual items, such as wearing Adidas shoes on the big day, or playing with the models, opening a "V" neckline on the back, in addition to mixing styles and textures.

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