In an earlier post I commented on the popular trend of red wedding dresses– in this post I will be discussing the infamous black wedding dress. As some of you may know, the white wedding dress did not become popular until Queen Victoria married in 1840. Victoria wore the white gown because she was the new queen of England (the last girl to inherit the throne was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth) and also to appeal to her subjects with the struggling British economy (with a lack of dye in the fabric, it made the dress cheaper). But what many people do not know is that another Royal wore white to her wedding before Victoria– Mary Queen of Scots, who was later publicly executed by her cousin Queen Elizabeth (yes the one mentioned earlier), wore white to her wedding because white was considered the color of mourning and she felt her arranged marriage to be the death of her independence. No matter how the white dress became popular, many modern brides are looking at colored wedding dresses. While I like the red wedding dresses and find the pastel dresses to be interesting, I don’t think I will wear anything but a white dress on my wedding day– so, the black wedding dresses are definitely not for me. Black wedding dresses seem to be in couture shapes and fabrics, such as the enormous tulle ball gown in photo 1. Continuing, these wedding dresses are probably gaining popularity because the go-to wedding dress designer, Vera Wang, showed many black wedding dresses (see photo 2).
What do you think of these wedding dresses? Would you want to wear a black wedding dress or are you like me and think you will stick to the traditional white?