The strong use of lace in Ann Wilsons new 2012 Bridal Collection gives the gowns a timeless and classic feel. But what is it about this fabric that so flawlessly expresses such an intense sense of tradition and beauty? Season after season, lace features on catwalks from New York to Paris. But just how long has lace been in fashion? And why do the royals love it so?
In 1840, Queen Victoria wed Prince Albert of Germany in a white dress that included a lace skirt, veil, and train. It seems as though the Queen was onto something. Not only is white the classic color for bridal gowns, but lace too has stood the test of time when it comes to getting married. It is the ultimate wedding fabric.
It feels timeless because it has proven itself to be. Lace adds a delicate but beautiful detail to a gown. When worn directly over the skin, its effect is sensual, subtle, and elegant. When appliquéd to the dress itself, lace provides a sense of tradition and complexity, texture and character. The overall effect is some kind of romantic nostalgia. For the bride who wishes to embrace tradition, nothing says more about weddings than lace.
Queen Elizabeth I, a high-profile 16th-Century laceophile, showing off one of her huge and highly fashionable ruffs.
Here’s Grace Kelly (who married in this elegant lace dress in 1956)
Dancer at the Moulin Rouge in Paris in 1926.
Diana, Princess of Wales not at her wedding, incredibly, but at a dinner in Washington in 1985.
Duchess Catherine’s dress has since spawned a millions of Brides around the world getting married in lace, just like a real princess.
A selection of Ann Wilson’s exclusive gowns featuring lace details.