The Renaissance times symbolize the era of learning, elaboration and enlightenment. It concerns virtually all domains of our everyday life. Luckily, wedding dresses do not bear any restrictions in terms of colors, while other details such as style and fabric solution depended on family wealth and its position in the society. The good thing about Renaissance style wedding dresses – unlike many other historical styles – is that they could be worn multiple times, not just during the very ceremony. The festive look of the ordinary wedding gown was created with the help of embroidery and lace motifs.
- Wedding dress color
Actually, a Renaissance style dress could be of any color. White was okay, but brides often opted for more practical hues since a dress was to be worn as a normal everyday item of clothing. Often the color choice depended on the bride’s status (royal and rich families tended to dress brides into sliver or purple colors) and traditional mantras running as ‘Married and green, ashamed to be seen’ and others. Also, some brides-to-be could accept the ‘house’ color of their future family.
- Wedding dress cut&style
Conventional Renaissance style wedding dresses were bust accentuating, a little revealing but not sash. A normal dress length was reaching the floor and an entire silhouette created an impression of a coat with many layers of for-keeping fabric.
Among embellishments and decorative elements brides often preferred ribbons to be sewn to the dress bodice or plaited into hair.
When it comes to bodices, they were designed to put the accent the hourglass figure of the lady. Bodices were laced back or at sides, necklines could be low or high, but in all instances the bosom was an accentuated body part. High necklines were covered with transparent fabric encrusted with jewels (only in rich families).
Sleeves experienced great changes during the era, especially in case of formal dresses. At first, sleeves were tight at the upper arm and puffy at the wrist. Later on more rich in fabric sleeves came into fashion. The over-layer wore wearing embroidery and strips of a contrasting textile. Closer to the end of the Renaissance period brides started to incorporate a lot of fabric to emphasize their social status.
A skirt could be of any kind, though the puffiness of the bottom helped show off a well-being state of the family, hence the heavier the skirt was, the more well-off origin of the bride had to be.
A final touch of Renaissance style wedding image is hair put up into a refined updo with use of ribbons matching the color of a dress.