Thursday, September 17, 2009

Twilight wedding gowns

Since I've had two theme weeks, I'm still catching up on my wedding news, so if you've already seen this, I apologize. Twilight is still foreign to me. I understand the basic concepts, but I don't understand why vampires don't kill people anymore. Kids today. Anyway, some movie is coming out called Eclipse and in it, someone gets married. Look if I have to explain a cultural phenomenon to you, I... Let's just get on with the dresses, shall we?

In Eclipse [a Twilight book], Bella's [the protagonist, I assume] dress is described as an early 1900s design (which complements her antique engagement ring) with friend and Maid of Honor Alice Cullen's modern tweaks to the train and veil. "You look like you just stepped out of an Austen movie," Bella's mother says to the bride-to-be when she spies her in the gown in the final book, Breaking Dawn. "It's gorgeous! So graceful, so elegant." [Is that how the books are written?]

So, want to sneak a look at these wedding dress designs? You don't have to be a Twilight fan to enjoy them.

Monique Lhuillier
Lhuillier's creation is a mermaid-style dress with lace detailing. The reworked take on a gown from the 1920s features a silk sash and high neck with cap sleeves.

This is gorgeous, but as we've seen, dresses pre-1960 cover ever inch of the bride's skin. I guess I'm going to have to ignore the description if I want to enjoy the illustrations - I do the same thing for any screen adaptation of a book. It's the only way to enjoy them.

Erin Fetherston
This interpretation has a high-neck, puff sleeves and lace bustier. Fetherston put her signature ethereal touch on the two-tiered body with a tulle and lace underlayer.

This is pretty. It's not my style, but it fits the description better. I love the high neck, and mutton chop sleeves. Reminds me of the advice column wedding post a while back.

Brian Reyes
Reyes envisions the fabric as a slightly tarnished bone color. The silhouette is a long skirt with a ruffled blouse and lace diamond inserts. The inspiration is a youthful spin on early 20th century Edwardian era elegance.

What is this? I don't mean to be rude, but is this even a person? Did the person become a candle stick vampire? Abstract is great for fine art, but it confuses me here.

Max Azria
Azria focused on the vintage lace detail for his Victorian inspired gown. The dress is complete with lace peaked shoulders, full sleeves and a high neck.

This is beautiful! I loved the pointy shoulders, and I'm picturing a cascade of tiny silk blooms draped down the side of the dress.

Prabal Gurung
Gurung had the most modern interpretation. The dress has a dramatic train, low-cut back and features a unique neckline with red embellishments for a touch of color.

I did work like this in school My concepts were interesting, but they came back with a note from the teacher "Did not follow instructions"

Lela Rose
Rose focused on the rear view of her off-white, handcrafted dress. The simple body gathers at back into a sweet lace bustle.

I love the lace top and lace at the train and...hold the phone, is she pooping fabric?

Christian Siriano
Siriano's three-tiered dress has a lace bustier and high ruffle neckline with off-the-shoulder sleeves and a full body.

This is my favorite. The bare shoulders are clearly an artistic license, but the silhouette really works with the little fan at the front and the tiered skirt.

Badgley Mischka
Badgley Mischka's vision is a strong silhouette with vintage details like full-length lace sleeves and bodice, and a high-buttoned neck.

I know thismuch about fashion, but isn't the bodice way too modern for the 1900s? The sleeves fit the theme, but I personally don't like sleeves that are puffy at the forearm. Mostly because I end up getting them really dirty.

Zac Posen
This pink gown features a turn-of-the-century corset, bustle, full skirt, high-neck and dramatic detailed sleeves. Posen keeps to the vintage theme by finishing with lace-up boots.

This would be great for Moulin Rouge, or my own personal closet, but my understanding is that the main character is kind of demure and passive? This seems like the wrong direction for her gown, but it's so flouncy and fun!

What do you think? Or, rather, what did you think when you first saw these drawings almost a month ago?


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