Bridal fashion has come a long way. From white to colorful hues, long sleeves to strapless styles, and ball gown skirts to above-the-knee hemlines, the wedding dress had been designed a million different ways over the years. The Romona Keveza Spring 2014 couture bridal collection, titled “A Passage Through Time,” pays homage to the ever-evolving wedding dress. The collection features 10 gowns, each designed with a different decade in mind, from the early 1800’s Victorian era to 1920’s Gatsby style to the opulent 1980’s. Below, check out Keveza’s new collection and brush up on the history of bridal fashion.
1800’s Inspiration: Victorian
Queen Victoria popularized the white wedding dress, but her daughter, Princess Alice, bucked her mother’s ideal and chose a blush gown for her own wedding in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. Princess Alice would surely approve of Keveza’s striking blush ball gown.
1920’s Inspiration: Gatsby
Keveza’s long sleeve off-the-shoulder beaded Chantilly lace gown was inspired by popular bridal fashions from the Jazz Age. Could you see Daisy Buchanan in this dress?
1930’s Inspiration: Hollywood Glamour
Screen sirens of the Thirties like Jean Harlow would have slipped effortlessly into this slinky silk Charmeuse gown draped in featherweight beaded lace.
1940’s Inspiration: A Return to Luxury
Forties-era fashion was all about lavish fabrics and the joy of dressing up. Keveza’s sweeping silk taffeta ball gown in Wedgewood Blue evokes the regal style and attitude of the decade.
1950’s Inspiration: Audrey Hepburn
Fifties style icon Audrey Hepburn offered women a fresh archetype. This charming pearl-covered waltz-length dress would have been right at home in Hepburn’s closet.
1960’s Inspiration: Camelot
Jackie Kennedy’s sophisticated style defined The Camelot Years and continues to inspire fashion designers. Her ribbon-lace fashions were the inspiration for Keveza’s fluted ribbon-lace wedding gown.
1980’s Inspiration: The Decade of Opulence
In homage to the late great Couture Embroiderer, Francois Lesage, this lavish white bell-shaped ball gown features extravagant beading and embroidery, and scallops along the neckline and hem.
1990’s Inspiration: A New Cool
The Nineties ushered in minimalism and subtle uses of embroidery. Keveza’s one-shoulder Soutache lace ball gown with a façade of tiny clear paillettes embraces the new chic of the decade.
2000’s Inspiration: Millennium
Keveza updated her classic asymmetrical neckline (a silhouette pulled from her 2000 archives) on this fluted embroidered appliqué lace mermaid gown with a near-transparent, weightless tulle over-skirt.
2014 Inspiration: The Future
Looking to the future of bridal fashion, Keveza designed a galaxy-inspired dress using innovative fabrics. This nude strapless column dress is layered in silk tulle and accented with delicate dew drop crystals.
Which decade of bridal fashion highlighted in Romona Keveza’s new collection is your favorite? Share your picks in the comment section below!