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Sunday, March 30, 2021

There’s a strange dichotomy going on in wedding-gown fashions today:

- On the one hand, body-conscious modern brides are opting for downright risqué outfits, designed to show off well-toned and well-tanned skin (and tattoos, even):

[Natasha] DaSilva is typical of a growing number of brides flouting convention by flaunting their curves. More vamp than virgin, many are selecting gowns that bare a generous expanse of cleavage, midsection, lower back or thigh, temptress styles that may be better suited to a gala or boudoir than to a church or ballroom…

Determined to look torrid on their wedding day, they are picking dresses modeled, say, on the one worn by Christina Aguilera, who was married in 2005 in a gown with a plummeting neckline and ruffled fishtail hem. Or maybe the hope is to emulate Sarah Jessica Parker, who, in the forthcoming film version of “Sex and the City,” spills out of the front of her wedding dress.

- At the opposite end of the blushing-bride presentation is Disney Bridal, which lets a girl walk down the aisle in as snow white a state as possible without being animated. (I’m guessing the groom who marries a Belle wannabe will have to endure Beauty and the Beast jokes all through the reception.)

Both ceremony options are fueled by a particular pop-cultural fantasy. I can’t say one is any more grown-up than the other.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 03/30/2008 09:19:58 PM
Category: Fashion, Pop Culture, Society, Women
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  1. The disney collection tempted me, but it was too expensive and the Ariel was a bit risky/nightgown like. I was tempted to do the silk chemise like dresses but opted for a more tradtional look. Although, i’m definitely showing more shoulder than was common back in the day. I do want to look attractive and beautiful on my big day, just not trashy or giving a come hither look at the same either tho, which seems to be the case with some dresses.

    definitely didn’t expect this topic on your blog, but you are always mixing it up, aren’t you.

    Comment by Tara — 03/31/2008 @ 08:13:07 PM

  2. I bet if the Ariel gown had had a clamshell bra (like it, y’know, should), you’d have gone for it ;)

    It did occur to me to include a caveat about why I, who’s nowhere near matrimony, am reviewing wedding fashions. Let’s just say the mood struck me.

    Comment by CT — 03/31/2008 @ 11:16:57 PM

  3. I seriously want to put everything about the concept of “Disney Bridal” in the dictionary entry on “ridiculous.”

    Comment by tim — 04/02/2021 @ 06:20:45 PM

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