Vera Wang's Behind the Dress: A Lace 'Bouquet'

Yes, it’s flowery and romantic—but lace also represents a centuries-old European tradition. The finely tuned and intricate craft of lace-making once supported entire villages, and the skills and unique patterns were closely guarded secrets passed from mother to daughter for generations, until the Industrial Revolution made it a dying art.

Leave it to Vera to bring lace into the 21st century, as she does so beautifully with her “Bouquet” wedding dress. Marrying the ethereal fabric to a modern silhouette, she adds a bold fillip to the waistline: A huge bow that is anything but demure. Read on for more details as Vera Wang goes “Behind the Dress.”

Vera Wang is known for celebrating classic luxury with all its subtle, sophisticated and seductive facets. And this this design trait is on abundant display in this week’s featured wedding dress, Bouquet, a showcase for flattering clean lines as well the timeless tradition of lace and embroidery. Below find Vera Wang’s insights on the design inspiration behind Bouquet.

'Bouquet' by Vera Wang


As Bouquet illustrates in a very compelling way, contrast is powerful. The inspiration for Bouquet began with a modern form—a strapless, modified A-line silhouette—that offered the necessary structure to support the intricate, elegant details that would best offset the silhouette. The design elements of Bouquet transcend time and will feel as appropriate today as they did twenty years ago, or a century ago.

'Bouquet' by Vera WangThe timeless magnificence of lace and embroidery is undeniable. The skirt of the Bouquet wedding dress fuses Alencon, Chantilly and Battenberg laces on French tulle and is embellished with floating floral embroidery. Bouquet reflects the weight of tradition supporting the age-old institution of marriage, as well as the buoyant happiness that brings beauty to every bride. A bride wearing this wedding dress will feel delicate and light, as if she is floating on the joy of her day.

The spectacular bowed sash at the waist enhances the striking drama of Bouquet, helping to create a wedding dress that is at once deeply romantic and evocatively traditional, weaving its magic with its unabashed charm.

Keep in mind that hand-embroidered details add cost to a wedding dress, but they also add stature and visual excitement. Consider embroidery as an alternative to beading, particularly for daytime or outdoor weddings. Also consider embroidery as the connective design element in your wedding look: for example, the floating floral embroidery detail on Bouquet can be mirrored in your bridal headpiece or your wrap.

'Bouquet' detail by Vera WangLACE

Historically, lace has been known as the ultimate wedding dress fabric because of its intricacy, rarity and cost. Today, lace gowns are often chosen by brides who wish to embrace tradition.

Lace comes in many varieties, each distinct for its weave and corresponding unique look. Lace can range from the fragile and delicate, such as Chantilly, to the elaborate and bold, such as Alencon. The Bouquet wedding dress incorporates a combination of laces, to create a gown that is greater then the sum of its parts.

'Bouquet' detail by Vera WangTRADITION

A Traditionalist is a bride who prioritizes style over fashion. Her choices are understated, focused on refinement, dignity and quality. A Traditional bride knows the power of subtlety—hand-tied bows, lace trim and embroidery—as captured in Bouquet. Graceful and confident, the Traditionalist seeks relevance and timelessness in her wedding dress. What kind of bride are you?

—Excerpted with permission from Vera Wang's RSVP Club newsletter. Want to read more of Vera Wang's newletters? Click here to subscribe.

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