Fringing has become a hot trend in bridal fashion, and we love it because it is flirtatious, playful and flamboyant. Long or short, plain or embellished, pretty tassels instantly add a modern edge to a wedding dress, be it a simple silk number or a lavish lace gown. Designers search for inspiration in different historical periods and we have seen everything from delicate vintage wedding gowns to bohemian kaftans and even African-style fringe detailing.
Fringed wedding dresses are often inspired by the roaring twenties, think short, sexy and intricately embellished, often featuring tassels that are made from silky fabrics, pearls, feathers or sequins. If you want a glam Great Gatsby-style wedding, then a short, glitzy dress with fringe swaying around your body while you walk down the aisle and dance the night away, then this style of dress is simply ideal for you!
Fringing was also commonly used in the Edwardian era for both evening attire and wedding dresses, and this romantic epoch is also a rich source of inspiration for contemporary bridal designers. Eer since the bohemian trend became influential in the bridal industry, many designers started exploring hippie, gypsy and ethnic fashion that was popular in the 1970’s. Bold fringe detailing appears on capes, shawls, two-piece ensembles including long skirts and tunic tops as well as on kaftan-style wedding dresses.
Some bridal fashion designers like Naeem Khan are using fringe details over and over again every season, and the dresses always look fresh, new and right on-trend. For autumn/winter 2017 he was inspired by intriguing destinations across the globe, and the tasselled dresses Nepal, Sedona and Punta del Este added a tribal element to the collection which is versatile and boasts a wide range of looks. For spring/summer 2017 the range includes a short silver fringed dress New Orleans which is influenced by 1920’s flapper fashion. The perfect reception dress!
Fringed wedding gowns have also appeared in bridal collections by Berta, Anne Barge, Divine Atelier, Pronovias, Watters, Yolan Cris and Hayley Paige, to name a few. Alberta Ferretti used twenties-inspired silk and beaded fringing to embellish her white couture gowns, while Marchesa designers Karen Craig and Georgina Chapman created a range of beautiful fringed and feathered dresses for their Resort collection. Even though these two collections weren’t initially intended for brides, many of the looks could be interpreted as wedding dresses.
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