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An ivory tweed dress with denim thigh boots on Chanel’s runway. PHOTO: Guy Martineau.
A strapless Lanvin gown decorated with the house’s signature bow, Spring/Summer 2012. PHOTO: Courtesy of Lanvin.
A silk dress embroidered with flowers from Dior’s Haute Couture collection, Fall/Winter 2014. PHOTO: Courtesy of Dior.
An origami-inspired J. Mendel gown. PHOTO: Courtesy of J. Mendel.

The One

by C California Style

From Alberta Ferretti to Zac Posen, a compendium of the most exquisite couture bridal gowns.

C-SW-WHBIT4-04 copy_1000x1338“The bride is completely different from the rest of the collection, because a wedding is a unique moment in a person’s life, not a fashion moment,” affirms Karl Lagerfeld, whose iconic Chanel creations along with pieces by fellow revered designers from 26 fashion houses are showcased in Couture Wedding Gowns (Abrams, $65) by Marie Bariller. The satin-bound volume lifts the veil on the ever-evolving interpretation of couture gowns and the creative masterminds behind them. From Givenchy’s three-dimensional contemporary silhouettes delicately sculpted with feathers and pearls, to Christian Dior’s midcentury strapless designs echoed in Raf Simons’ architectural take, gowns of all shapes, shades and fabrics are featured. A word of advice from Christian Dior as you fantasize about your dress: “Even at the height of luxury, simplicity is indispensible.”

Written by Lindsay Kindelon.