Saturday, April 09, 2005

Bridal fashion

After Donald Trump's very hyped up wedding with Melania Knauss where she posed for Vogue in a Christian Dior gown designed by John Galliano made from more than 300 feet of material (it has a 13-foot train and a 16-foot veil), much attention has been given to bridal fashion.

American Vogue

And we all know now that Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles are FINALLY getting married after decades of romance.

Poor Camilla is often potrayed as the 'bad guy' because she was blamed (and is reponsible in a way) for Prince Charles's very public divorce with the well-loved Princess Diana. However, she has stuck with the Prince for decades, and endured all the controversy and bad publicity, even giving up her title of Princess of Wales for her soon-to-be husband.

Camilla is of course, no Melania Knauss and will never be one.
And Prince Charles will never be a Trump. But both I must say, have a deplorable head of hair. Or lack of.

Tweedy matching suits with pearls and curls.

Their wedding will be held at St. George's Chapel at the hilltop Windsor Castle in a traditional English setting.
Anna Valentine will be the designer of at least one of Camilla Parker Bowles's wedding day ensembles and recently unveiled her Spring Summer Collection.

Pleats, Sequins, Georgette? Somehow doesn't give me the Camilla vibe. Well, we'll see.

Some gorgeous bridal wear from previous runway collections:

Oscar De La Renta [Spring 05]

Ungaro Couture [Fall 2003]

And for Fall 2005, Comme Des Garcons staged a wedding-themed show featuring geisha brides and gowns with Victorian influences:

In Singapore, the bridal industry is doing pretty well. A rather acclaimed bridal designer here is Frederick Lee

And then there is the wedding ring.

Something blue
Some couples choose to have a little blue sapphire inside their ring, because in old English tradition, all brides must have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue with them when they get married. The sapphire ring represents blood from the bodies of the husband and wife flowing together and being joined as one.

Left, right?
In Chinese tradition, the wedding band is worn on the fourth finger of the right hand of the bride, and the fourth finger of the left hand of the groom. This custom follows the "nan zhuo, nu you" (literal translation: men left, women right) tradition often used in Chinese fortune telling. It is believed that the right hand commands more influence, and as such, the woman is in charge of the household and the family. (This, we like.)

Ring finger
In the west, however, and in most countries like Singapore, the wedding bands are worn on the "ring" finger. The vein in the fourth finger on the left hand is believed to run right to the heart. This hasn't been scientifically proven, but nonetheless it is a romantic thought.

Cordelia from Just Ask Leslie commented on my blog some time back and there are tons of information on buying jewellery there. also has a stunning ring collection.

Wedding chimes ringing anyone?