French Bridal Dress, March 1818

French Bridal Dress March 1818Journal ed Dames et des Modes, March 15, 1818.

“Robe de Satin, par-dessus de Tulle. Costume de Mariée.”

The style of dress and the jewelry indicate full dress, once again demonstrating the shift from day wear to more formal evening wear for brides.

Here we see another example of the use of wheat and roses in the ornamentation of a wedding dress. (See other examples here and here.) The prevalence of wearing grain sprigs suggests an ancient wedding custom of the bride carrying three wheat ears as a symbol of plenty. Wheat could also be a symbol of fertility.

The dress is not described in the magazine (they seldom were), but it appears to be a satin dress with a tulle overdress decorated with swags of ribbons and rose-wheat bouquets. The underdress includes several rows of small ruffles, which are repeated on the bottom of the sleeves. The pink slippers are a bright spot of color.

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