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Sixteenth Century Tudor-style Wedding Gown

Alternative wedding dress in the Tudor style shown in Flower-of-Scotland tartan with red silk contrast and hand-stitched pearl trim Side view of Tudor-style wedding gown in Flower-of-Scotland tartan with red overskirt

After much experience of Tudor and 16th century period costume (see other pages within this section), I felt that the classic lines of Tudor dress would be well suited to couture bridal gowns. For this design, the cut of the bodice has been varied from the shape which would be used for a period costume, with more shaping added to suit a 21st century figure. The skirt is softer, shown over a petticoat instead of authentic Tudor under-pinnings.

This style can be executed in many different fabric combinations, plain or patterned - with the contrasting overskirt, or all in one fabric. The origins of this new sample gown were in several coinciding factors. From my experience to date, it seems that the most popular time of year for an ("alternative?") wedding is New Year's Eve; the most favoured venue a scottish castle. It follows then that tartan - in silk for the ladies and wool for the gentlemen- will be inevitable! Even if you do not have a family clan there are several tartan weaves that can be used by anyone, fo example the "Flower of Scotland" shown. The colour combination shown is quite appropriately festive for the end of the year and just begs for holly, berries and mistletoe (and stone walls, candelabra and log fires....)

Photos below also include a gold-edged ruff for anyone who wants authenticity.







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