It would be remiss of me to begin this final section of my study without giving a nod to the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981. What a dress to symbolise the arrival of the 80's! Worth 25,000 pounds in today's money, it had all the lavish excess that we remember the period for. 10,000 pearls were set amongst the silk and taffeta dress with oversized puffy sleeves, it was completed with a 25 foot train. So abundant was it that looking through the photos of their day there is more dress than bride. Diana's bridal gown epitomised the fairy tale wedding that a little girl dreams of and was mirrored in bridal fashion for the decade to follow. Even though I look on it now and deem it to be excessive, I recall how fascinated I was with the royal wedding as a little girl and how much I loved the dress which shouted 'I'm a princess'.
The dress below was worn by it's bride, Michelle, in 1995 and made by local Brisbane designer Michael Klease as an entry for the RAQ Fashion Awards. After seeing it on the runway she decided that this was the dress for her and insisted on having the original version rather than a copy. Needless to say, it is the layers and layers of pink tulle contrasted with a delicate bodice which gives this dress its own special character.
Thank you to Can You Keep A Secret for the loan of the men's suit worn by Nate.
Moving on to the current era, bridal fashion has become more diverse than ever before as society has flowed on from the individualism which began all the way back in the 60's. By now, brides and designers have almost a century to look back to and draw inspiration from. Rather than merely a glamorous representation of the era from which it came, bridal fashion has evolved more and more into a class of its own. Now, after the excess of the 80's and materialistic boom of the naughties, 'Vintage' is in. Whether it is because it reminds us of a time when things were slower and more handcrafted, or because we feel a connection with the feel and events of a particular era, history, consumerism and a globalised economy have given the modern bride more choice than ever before.
Below are some cheeky pictures I took of the models while they were 'adjusting' themselves. I love the candidness of them. They all did such a great job on the day of the shoot, thank you Lara, Emma and Heloise.
Dress and accessory providers
Can You Keep A Secret - Groomswear
Michael Klease - Michelle Dress
Preloved Bridal - Bella Donna Dress
Hair and Make-up - Nicola Gangemi
Models - Lara Crompton, Emma Dorwood, Heloise Ruinard and Nate Swindale
Flowers - Emma Blak
Sylist - Ateca Roberte
Second Shooter - Jane Osborne
Assistant - Mike Wallace