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Breaking tradition never looked so good

For centuries, we assumed that a bride wears white. But if Fall 2017 Couture is any indication, our notions of nuptial wear are about to change. From Elie Saab’s Game of Thrones-inspired gown to Giambattista Valli’s ballerina bride, Couture has provided multiple reasons to put a ring on it and rethink the role a dress plays in a the wedding ritual. Is it to signify purity or represent a bride’s character?

Our definition of bridal wear comes from the Victorian era, when the Queen herself wore a white lacy gown to marry Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Back then, red was actually a popular color for brides to wear on their big day, but after Victoria wore white, history followed. 

It’s been almost 200 years since. So, it makes sense that couturiers are done with tradition, especially Jean Paul Gaultier, who showed a gold lamé bodysuit under a white tulle top, or Iris Van Herpen’s water- and air-inspired dress guaranteed to make any daring bride look like she arrived at the altar from the year 3000. 

While these six-figure gown looks aren’t for brides on a budget, a girl (or boy!) can dream. Here, the best wedding wear from Paris.

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