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