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The Wedding Show at Wellington Fashion Week

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I never know what to write about wedding dresses. They are (mostly) pretty, but you start becoming hypnotised by the masses of white gowns that start to look more and more similar, and before you know it, BOOM – you’ve slipped into a chiffon-induced coma.

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But what makes it even harder is that ultimately it’s not really about the dress – it’s about all of the symbolism and culturally loaded meanings that it is imbued with. Critiquing a wedding dress from a purely aesthetic point of view would be like reviewing a book purely by looking at its cover – you’re missing the point.

It’s easy to forget that up until quite recently, marriage was more about the formalisation of a property transaction rather than a symbol of love and commitment. A woman would be all dressed up in white, symbolising her purity and virginity, and she would be ceremoniously handed over to her groom along with all of her possessions and a large part of her rights.  To put it bluntly, the bride was being “gift-wrapped”.

Awkward.

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Given that the entire affair is a symbolic one, I think (well, I hope) that couples who look for wedding dresses do consider the meanings behind the gowns, the colours, the types of flowers, the rites at their wedding, and that these reflect the commitment and love they wish to convey. That’s not something I (or any writer) can comment on, but here were a few that I thought were particularly beautiful from an aesthetic POV.

 

1. This navy gown by Jessica Bloom – my favourite by far, incidentally worn by my favourite model from the show.

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2. This silk peach dress, also by Jessica Bloom.

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3. This lemon yellow number by Sally Eagle.

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4. This, also by Sally Eagle.

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The show began with some sort of announcement introducing the show (this isn’t a high school production – seriously don’t do that), and was followed by a soprano trying to sing love ballads (don’t do that either) before the actual show commenced. Let the gowns speak for themselves.

In amongst the chiffon, beading and excessive hairspray, For Every Minute also showcased their ever-expanding range of silk chemises and loungewear.  Loungewear is funny if you think about it – only you or others close to you will ever see it since it’s not something you wear out. So the attention to detail, the appliqué, the fine silk in an array of gemstone colours isn’t an outward show – it’s an indulgence in the finer things in life. The collection also evokes the luxury of a time gone by, which makes it somewhat poignant as well. Incidentally, draped silk is beautiful to shoot so I got a couple of decent snaps.

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– Chris.

 

Author: Chris Park

One half of the Park Brothers. Purveyor of banter, curator of misc. Manage comms for @BuoyandMine. Read More


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