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In the past centuries, bridal wear was largely an expression of the prevailing fashion trends of the time.

In 1503, Maria Sforza, the second wife of Maximilian I, married in a bright crimson dress.

In the 16th Century, we find - influenced by the Spanish fashion - black wedding dresses.
Moving forward to the 17th Century, an elegant bride in Regensburg wears a sea-green petticoat, skirt and jacket over it in peach blossom-collared silk moiré, combined with red silk stockings and gold ornaments.

In the 17th Century, nobility was no strange to white wedding dresses, which were also favoured in earlier centuries - Mary of Burgundy married in 1477 in a white and gold-embroidered satin dress, combined with a white ermine cape.

Regardless, general use of white wedding dresses only came over the course of the 19th Century. Devoid of any fashion significance, it symbolizes the virginity of the bride, as demanded by the Church. This also applies to the veil, which is taken from the nun's habit. "Fallen" women were not allowed to marry in a white wedding dress with veil.

Parallel to white or cream wedding dresses, the early 20th Century saw marriages in black costume. This was not out of sadness, but because the bride, possibly from a humble background, thought in practical terms on sheer financial grounds. Indeed, the black dress is always suitable as a party dress throughout her whole life.

Today - despite liberation from religious and moral conventions -, the white wedding dress, mostly inspired by the style of the second half of the 19th Century, still reigns supreme. In addition, however, more and more collared wedding dresses and historical clothes come back into fashion.

Let yourself be inspired by the paintings and historic photos of lovers and couples, from the 15th Century to the beginning of the 20th Century.

Middle Ages

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Renaissance

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Rococo

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Regency ~ Romantic


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Victorian and Edwardian ~ Belle Époque

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We will gladly provide advice and devote ample time to review and visit with you historical bridal wear fashion, as well as many other historical costumes in art and literature. We want you to discover your own favourite dress and design and produce the costume of your dreams.




Costume examples from our workshop


 
Rokoko - Hochzeitskleid Period: Rococo, around 1770

We crafted this Rococo bridal dress from precious silk lampas fabric, which has been woven in accordance with an original pattern of Lyonnais silk from the second half of the 18th century. Distinctive of this type is its wavelike pattern with inwrought flower bouquets...

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Empire Hochzeitskleid Period: Romantic, around 1810

This very light Empire dress was crafted from viscose tulle with stitched on flower pattern, which has been underlaid with antique white Swiss mousseline. Nonetheless the narrow sleeves remain transparent and unlined. They are complemented with wide puff-sleeves at the top. A cream-colored belt made of silk is also part of this dress.

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Tournürenkleid Period: Victorian, around 1875

This dress was crafted from emerald green silk taffeta designed after an original cut from 1875. The skirt itself consists of an underskirt with rich pleated seam, an overskirt, also rich pleated and the apron. Underneath...


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Biedermeier - Brautkleid
Period: late Romantic, 1840-1850

This Biedermeier dress from the old Russia was crafted after an original template of the Hermitage St. Petersburg.

Our creation is made of antique white silk that has been embroidered with delicate pink roses. The cut has been realized true to original. The large strapless collar, which has been gathered and tapers off towards the ....

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Mittelalter - Brautkleid Period: 14th century / 1909

This 14th-century-style dress after a painting by John William Waterhouse (3rd version Ophelia from 1909) was made from heavy blue silk taffeta. The embroidery at the neckline has been copied from the painting and was partially reconstructed. The hem is trimmed with broad metallized cotton fabric, which was embroidered with medieval lions – also after ...

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Jugendstil - Kimono Brautkleid Period: 20th century / 1913

This bridal dress from the end of the Belle Époque was crafted from antique white silk. Its design relies on very elegant and sophisticated kimono style, which is typical for this period. Distinctive of this style are the puffy top with its cut and pleated collar, the tight-fitting and lateral gathered skirt with vertically pleated front, the ...

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Mittelalter Brautpaar Period: Middle Ages, 13th and 14th century

We crafted this very elegant, strapless medieval wedding dress from hand-woven red silk. The dress comes with a train and is laced at the back with handmade eyelets. It is worn with a long waist belt hand-embroidered with metal threads. The narrow sleeves are ...


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Mittelalter - Hochzeitspaar Period: Middle Ages, 12th century

The bride's dress consists of a cotte (undergarment), a bliaut (outer garment) and a semicircular cape.
The cotte was crafted from undyed stinging nettle fabric. It is laced at the back using handmade eyelets. The buttons and the corresponding buttonholes are also made by hand. With the appropriate accessories this cotte can also be...

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Mittelalter - Brennnesselkleid

Period: Middle Ages, 13th - 14th century

The following wedding dresses demonstrate very well that plain clothing can all the more be festive if noble materials are combined with sophisticated cuts and beautiful flower arrangements. ...

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Empire Brautkleid

Period: Romantic, 1805

This Empire bridal dress from the old Russia was made of hand-woven raw silk, which has been ornamented with numerous silk flowers in form of antique roses. The high-raised top was designed with a front cover that hides the actual buttons of the dress. It simultaneously raises the ...

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