From the Runway: Claire Pettibone Fall 2014 Bridal Collection

Haute-off-the-runway photos from New York Bridal Week

Happy Halloween! On this spooky day, we’re spotlighting images of the bewitching new bridal collection from Claire Pettibone. The Fall 2014 “Still Life” collection debuted at New York Bridal Week earlier this month. Dresses in the collection feature gold gilding, illusion backs, intricate laces, and hints of rich color. Pettibone shares her inspiration for the hauntingly beautiful gowns:

In the second half of the 17th century, the art of floral still-life reached the height of fashion. Dramatic arrangements of flora and fauna, insects and fruit, set against dramatic dark backgrounds exude a mysterious romanticism. The inspiration for this collection quickly led to Dutch masterpiece “Still Life of Flowers on a Marble Table” by Rachel Ruysch (circa 1716). The brilliance of nature’s beauty is highlighted to dramatic effect, just as the bride becomes the center of our attention. Graceful details adorn delicate silks and laces gilded in gold, glowing as if lit from within. The rich floral embroideries give the effect of a painting come to life, while a few artful butterflies flutter in. Oh, the unexplainable mystery of love! Be still my heart…still in love…still life.

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Our favorite dress in Claire Pettibone’s “Still Life” collection is Raven, a silvery-gray lace gown with a black tulle overskirt adorned with colorful, embroidered blooms. Gorgeous! Which style is your favorite?

Find Claire Pettibone wedding dresses at Gateway Bridal in Salt Lake City.

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