Victorian Wedding Gown History of Classical Era
Long before Victoria, white was a popular choice for wedding dresses, at least among the wealthy era. Weddings were usually more about political alliances and transfers of wealth than they were about romance, and so the wedding dress was just another excuse to show the wealth and culture of the brides family. Wealth could be demonstrated with jewelry but textiles were also an important means to display wealth, and the more elaborate the weave of the fabric, and the richer the fibers uses, and the rare of the colors, the better the demonstration of wealth. Before the invention of effective bleaching techniques, white was a valued color. It was both difficult to achieve, and hard to maintain. Wealthy brides, then, often wore white to demonstrate their money, not their purity. That is the first Victorian wedding gown born.
Historical records though, do back up the frequency of gowns of white and silver. Metallic fabric were also very common among the nobility, as nothing says wealth more than cloth woven with gold or silver. So, if royal brides in England and other European countries wore cloth of gold and silver, why did Victoria break with tradition and wear a white dress? because Victoria was not an ordinary bride. Unlike most royal brides, she did not enter the marriage as a princess, about to become the Queen Consort. She was the Queen, the head of state. She needed to make a statement as the leader of her country, not as an ornament to the throne and the future mother to the heir to the throne. So Victoria chose a dress that made a political statement. A dress that put her duty to her kingdom on display, rather than her wealth or beauty. Yes, she makes the Victorian wedding gown as their style.
Victoria was so fond of her wedding attire, or so besotted with Albert and the whole romance of the wedding, that she posed for numerous paintings in her dress, and she and Prince Albert also dressed up in their wedding attire years later and recreated the wedding in photographs. A close inspection of all the different depictions of Victorian wedding gown reveals numerous minor differences, making it very likely that she had elements of the dress altered as the mood suited her, and to align with changing fashions. Now, her dress become popular although it is quite old fashion.