Bridal Market Trend: Ball Gowns

Full and Formal Ball Gowns from Bridal Fashion Week

Take a peek at some of our favorite ball gown designs from April 2013’s Bridal Fashion Week.

If you’ve been dreaming of being a princess bride since you were a little girl, you’ll have no shortage of ball gowns to choose from this season. While there was still a wide selection of fitted trumpet or mermaid silhouettes at Bridal Fashion Week this spring, there was a definite increase in the number of voluminous ball gowns floating down the runway.

What caught our eye specifically was the fullness of the skirts, bringing visions of antebellum fashions to mind. At Romona Keveza’s Couture show, a 19th century-inspired pale pink gown with beautiful draping on the skirt wowed editors and buyers alike. Other designers with full skirts – in white and ivory – included Vera Wang, who showed the timeless silhouette with a more modern light ivory and black two-tone color palette, Ines Di Santo, where billowing skirts were adorned with lace appliques, floral embellishments and crystals, and Maggie Sottero, who created voluminous ball gowns with layers upon layers of frothy tulle.

In addition to the fuller skirts, princess brides will be excited to learn that the bodices of these gowns varied in design from minimal to ornate, meaning every bride will be able to find the look they’ve always envisioned for themselves.


--Anne Chertoff

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