Rococo Inspired Wedding Gowns

Caterina Cavalieri

 Caterina Cavalieri

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, also known as Madame de Pompadour was a member of the French court and was the official chief mistress of Louis XV from 1745 to her death.

Velvet Italy March 2012 Editorial - Diana Moldovan

Wedding Dress Ideas -Velvet Italy March 2012 Editorial – Diana Moldovan

This simplistic gown worn by model Diana Moldovan features accordion-styled pleat ruffles. If you want to appear taller, wearing a high neckline will add length to your frame. The accordion pleats also run up the center part of the gown adding additional length. Structured lines such as these can often make a woman appear thinner and have a smaller waist line while at the same time giving her length.

The Rococo style followed the grand Baroque style beginning in France in the late 1720s.   Baroque designs were traded in for lighter elements with more curves and natural patterns which was seen everywhere from the fashion to interior designs and arts.

The delicacy and playfulness of Rococo designs came about as a reaction to the excesses of Louis XIV’s regime. The 1730s saw the height of Rococo movement in France. Rococo style and substance maintained the Baroque taste for intricate patterns, but not in excess seen in the Baroque styles.

Fashion in the period 1700-1750 in European-influenced countries is characterized by a full-skirted silhouette women. Wigs remained essential for men of substance, and were often white; natural hair was powdered to achieve the fashionable look.  White skin was prized, and looked upon as being wealthy.  Women or men who didn’t work in the fields had a whiter complexion, and were spotted as being of higher class.  Women would also apply white powder, which was often times toxic to their skin to appear paler than they were naturally.

Full dress was customary at Court and for formal occasions, and undress or everyday, daytime clothes. As the decades progressed, fewer and fewer occasions called for full dress which had all but disappeared by the end of the century.

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Rani Totman’s gowns are by far the very best wedding gowns in the industry. She has a talent not matched in creating looks that are grand in style with lavish details and impressive design.

Since 1985, she has designed every gown of the St. Pucchi Signature and Haute Couture, Avine Perucci, and Sposa by St. Pucchi Collection. Her collections aim to raise bridal fashion to the level of artistry, not seen since the 18th century. She started out in the industry owning her own tailoring business. It is that very expertise that is seen within all of her gowns, the perfection of the cut of her gowns which brings out the very best in the female form.

In 1990 she was a finalist in the category of Best Bridal Designer in Dallas and then was also nominated three consecutive years as a Style Innovator at the Chicago Apparel Center’s Debi awards. After receiving the 1995 Debi Award for Best Bridal Designer, she was nominated again in the same category the following year.

St. Pucchi is a designer that doesn’t follow the mainstream bridal looks but an alternative to the traditional wedding gown. Mixing old world elegance and romance with rich fabrics and style, St. Pucchi gowns are literally in demand all over the globe

St. Pucchi 9264 Wedding Dress www.tradesy

St. Pucchi 9264 Wedding Dress www.tradesy.com

Open-front sack-back gown, c. 1770,  Charleston Museum

Open-front sack-back gown, c. 1770, with elaborate fly fringe ornamentation and matching petticoat. It was worn over side hoop panniers for a fashionable silhouette. This dress was worn by a member of the family of Henry Middleton, President of the Continental Congress. Courtesy of The Charleston Museum.

Charleston has always been a city of high style, and elegant fashions. The Charleston Museum’s exhibit traces 200 years of the city’s fashion trends.

The exhibition showcases gowns, suits and accessories worn by Charlestonians from 1770-1970.

The people from Charleston were well traveled and had great access to the latest fashions from Europe. On display are 19th century gowns by Charles Frederick Worth, widely considered to be the “father of haute couture” and Spanish fashion designer Mariano Fortuny.

The dresses in this show are simply exquisite. The early pieces are made of layer upon layer of embroidered fabric, which is meant to be worn over elaborate underpinnings and hoops.
This gown was worn by Frances Olmsted (later Mrs. Richard Maynard Marshall) when she attended the first St. Cecilia Ball held after the Civil War. Courtesy of The Charleston Museum.

Dress c. 1869, with lace edging, green and cream satin ribbons. The overskirt gathers up in to add emphasis to the back, a precursor to the bustle. This gown was worn by Frances Olmsted (later Mrs. Richard Maynard Marshall) when she attended the first St. Cecilia Ball held after the Civil War. Courtesy of The Charleston Museum.

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