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Carolina Herrera’s Bridal Collection, Named After Artists

January 27, 2010

So, this post is about a year too late (even though the collection was shown for Spring 2010), but I simply needed to share Carolina Herrera’s bridal collection. I have a very particular taste in wedding gowns, so it’s not often that I am so wowed by this many dresses all in the same place. Here’s the thing, not only are all of the gowns gorgeous, but I am in love with the concept behind the collection. Herrera drew inspiration from artists that featured fashion strongly in their work, and created a look honoring their style and aesthetic. What resulted was a beautiful, inspiring handful of dresses that represent romance based on creativity and individuality rather than that same ol’ pomp and circumstance. Here they are.

What I consider the most wearable of the collection is the John Singer Sargent gown. I love the asymmetrical draping and the sleek silhouette. This may be the most literal interpretation, but that doesn’t mean it lacks in glamor.

Polka dots from pointillism! How amazing is that? I love the neckline and the tiers manage to come off as sassy, not frilly. This is so clearly for the bride who wants a tower of cupcakes instead of a cake.

I’m not the most fond of this one. The reference point seems a bit Project Runway challenge, doesn’t it?

There’s no better artist to bring us back to classic romanticism than Monet. Yeah, the water lily print is a bit literal, but you know what? The dress is pretty, damnit.

However, the simple trick of stealing flowers comes close to ruining this Van Gogh inspired frock. Maybe I’m a little sensitive, since he’s perhaps my favorite artist, but this dress would’ve been perfect without the print and the inspiration would’ve still been clear had she refrained from the obvious. The shape and silhouette is lovely, as is the detailing at the bust. I just can’t get behind those flowers.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a beautiful dress, I just feel that her references feel a lot more “Spain” than “Goya’s artwork,” don’t you think?

Thanks to OneWed for the images.

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