The plain duchess satin ball gown has had a very long, successful run in the wedding world. Sallying forth as designers are wont to do, the big ball gowns of now are cut in anything but plain old duchess satin.
Silk organza and its weightier counterpart, gazar, don't just drape a skirt. They drape in new, wild ways. Vera Wang's champagne ball gown has a top layer of circular shaped and cut organza that sits asymmetrically over a second taupe draped skirt.
Romona Keveza's full organza A-line has a shaggy top layer of large chiffon roses that stem from the hip down to the toes. Reem Acra's full A-line is covered in organic chiffon petals that start small and end large. We love Oscar de la Renta's frenzied cut tulle gown with satin petals dispersed throughout. This skirt is a riot!
There are no limits to the textures and fabrics; curly-cued organza, layered horsehair, shredded chiffon, free-flying feathers, cut tulle and dense gazars. The only rule is to go big and go wild.