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16th Century Style Wedding Dress  
historically inspired wedding gown in sixteenth century renaissance style Renaissance style bridal gown loosely based on a painting.

This sixteenth century style wedding dress was constructed in a gold and purple shot silk dupion, printed in gold. The corset is top-stitched to show off the bone channels and is piped at the neck and waist. It laces at the back and has a 'false' ivory silk chiffon chemise and renaissance style sleeve puffs, with velvet 'ribbon and tag' details - joining the sleeves to the bodice. The cuffs are in a gold chantilly lace. The full skirt is worn over a bum-roll and petticoat, made,in accordance with costumes of this period, to the same methods as at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

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Detail (on left) of chiffon sleeve puffs and tie-on shoulder fastening: shot organza ribbon finished with gold metal aiglettes. On the right: the pouch bag, hand-embroidered in velvet flowers with beads, swarovski crystals and pleated organza trims to match the tones of the dress. The bag was attached by a jewellery clasp to the waistband, relieving the need to carry it by hand.

Complete gown including bum-roll and petticoat from £3500, depending on fabrics. For variations, please enquire.

Period-style shoes (above) covered in the silk of the wedding gown. View the Accessories Page for alternatives.

Notes From The Designer

It is not obligatory to include foundation garments such as bum-rolls with period gowns or for wedding gowns based on period shapes. However, subtly positioned padding will reliably provide the appropriate profile of the period, so that at a glance a gown will look "right". These "supports" can vary in size from tiny pads, worn at the back of the waist for a classic "Austen Era" gown - just enough to support folds of muslin - via crescent shaped hip pads to support medium-sized eighteenth century shaped skirts, through to complete "wrap-around" sausage-shaped pads to support Elizabethan farthingale frames.

Pads and panniers, like seperate corsets are not vital, but they can be the difference between a professionally constructed gown or period costume and a more amateur effort. They do not have to be purely practical and can be made in the most sumptuous fabrics, decorated with embroidery and lace for bridal gowns based on period styles. If you are averse to the idea of pads and rolls, various combinations of stiffened frills and petticoats can give a similar efffect. Some people (including professional designers who should know better!) think a bum-roll is worn around the waist. It should actually be worn lower than this: closer to hip-bone level. Worn correctly, the major benefit of bum-rolls, bustle frills and small hip panniers is to make the waist look tiny! Inclusion of these items or not is down to personal taste.


Original source inspiration above.