History of the White Wedding Dress

Posted: April 29, 2011 - 13:56 , by Alexandra Palmer

The white wedding gown worn by many brides today didn’t became popular until the Victorian Era.  In fact, many contribute the popularity to Queen Victoria herself, who wore white to her wedding day.

Before this time, European brides were known to wear dresses in a variety of colours and embroidered with elaborate patterns.  However, the white wedding dress was quickly adopted in the 19th century by brides on both sides of the Atlantic.

Take a peek at these beautiful examples of Canadian wedding dresses in the ROM’s textile collection:

White dress hanging on form in photo studio.

Portrait of bride sitting on sofa.

Portrait of bride dressed in white wedding gown.

Portrait of bride in wedding gown standing on stairs.

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