There is an awful lot of work going into some of the wedding dresses around today. In the 70’s – following Princess Anne’s lead, many dresses had fairly simple lines [mine included] I am rather glad Kate Middleton opted for ‘cleaner’ lines a couple of years ago. But Princess Diana came along in 1981 with her frothy silk meringue and since then we have had this sort of thing - every bride has her own dream dress, many choose frills and froth and pleating and ruching.
I was very impressed this week, when I did an afternoon’s supply at a local Junior School to see on display a dress made by some pupils.
The information alongside explained that the children had been working with Ruth Singer, who is a talented textile artist working in Leicester. She did this project with them at Snibston, a local museum [whose funding is under threat, sadly] teaching them to manipulate fabrics to achieve these effects.
I hope these young people go on to experiment some more with fabric and achieve even more stunning results!
Sometimes it is wise not to follow fashion too slavishly, as I discovered when sorting out my own wedding dress. I did try on a dress which had a full, frothy skirt – but being only 4’11” tall, I ended up looking like one of those covers for the spare toilet roll! And those little ‘Juliet caps’ also popular in the 70’s, made me look like the Pope.
What was your wedding dress like?