10 Jun The evolution of the bridesmaid dress
It used to be that being a bridesmaid was an honor requiring loyalty, friendship, patience and the willingness to wear a clownish taffeta dress that could have been a hit only at a 1980s prom. â€œThere are people who mine the â€™80s for inspiration, but they probably didnâ€™t live through it,â€ said the ready-to-wear and bridal designer Lela Rose, chuckling.
â€œIt was just bad,â€ she added, referring to the exaggerated shapes and stiff textiles. â€œTaffeta to me always said â€˜bridesmaid.â€™ Itâ€™s really any fabric that makes that sound when you walk: â€˜tsh tsh.â€™ â€
Bridesmaids today have it significantly better. The niche has spawned sophisticated collections offering attractive, rewearable designs that can occasionally usurp even the bride. Particularly, designers have given wedding parties flexibility in materials, cut and color.
Angela Craig, 29, is a nine-time bridesmaid (she calls her wedding party duties â€œlike a second careerâ€).
â€œIâ€™ve had some really hideous bridesmaid dresses,â€ she said, remembering an â€œugly cranberry dress, floor-length, made of cheap fake silk.â€ (Reality television buffs might tune in to TLCâ€™s â€œSay Yes to the Dress,â€ which features a bridesmaid spinoff with episode titles like â€œIâ€™m Terrified of This Dress.â€)
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