This year, a daring new trend in wedding dresses has emerged that is decidedly not for the blushing bride. Illusion wedding gowns have appeared on catwalks and in bridal collections everywhere. Formed from transparent fabric, with artfully placed intrusions of lace or appliqué covering the most “delicate” places, these dresses are a far cry from the traditional image of the modest bride in white. These are the gowns of the sexually confident 21st century bride.
The queen of the transparent dress is designer Vera Wang. In her hands the border between undergarments and outer garments has been dissolved and her wedding gowns resemble something more like ghosts of dresses or the skeletons of complex lingerie.
This is an intriguing style, but not many brides will have the audacity or the inclination to display their entire bodies when they profess their vows. Gowns that highlight a small area of transparency, revealing only the back, or the bib area, are a more restrained yet fashion forward choice.
One intriguing way that designers have tempered the outright sexiness of the transparent dress is by pairing transparency with an otherwise demure dress. These are both beautiful and perfect for the bride who enjoys a bit of irony.
On the other hand, pairing the transparent dress with another up-to-the-minute bridal trend, the plunging neckline, and you have one unabashedly sexy bride!