Wednesday, 20 April 2016


The White Dress That Changed Wedding History Forever

175 years ago, Queen Victoria introduced a new era of bridal standards
Wedding traditions may have relaxed in recent decades, but one thing stays the same: the bride wears white. Sure, there are plenty of options out there for the iconoclasts among us. But as of last year, colored gowns accounted for only 4 to 5% of sales at popular retailer David’s Bridal.

Like any number of traditions, the white wedding dress comes to us straight from the Victorian era—in fact, from Queen Victoria herself, who was married to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha on this day, Feb. 10, 175 years ago. Yet when she chose white silk-satin for her wedding, the choice was almost as iconoclastic as it would have been for Catherine Middleton to walk down the aisle in scarlet.
Red was in fact a very popular color for brides in Victoria’s day, but the young queen broke with the status quo and insisted on a lacy white gown. Members of the court thought it much too restrained in color, and were mystified that she eschewed ermine and even a crown, opting instead for a simple orange blossom wreath.

Victoria was not the first royal to choose white for her nuptials—several others, including Mary Queen of Scots in 1558, preceded her—but she is the one widely credited with changing the norm. Just a few years after her wedding, a popular lady’s monthly called white “the most fitting hue” for a bride, “an emblem of the purity and innocence of girlhood, and the unsullied heart she now yields to the chosen one.”

Alongside purity and simplicity, Victoria’s gown telegraphed two other important values. She supported domestic commerce by using only British-made materials (a tradition repeated, partially, by Catherine Middleton), and she showed economy by keeping pieces of her dress in her wardrobe for years to come (as most of her contemporaries would have done as well, often simply wearing their best dress on their wedding day, no matter the color or style). Victoria repurposed the lace from her dress again and again, even resurrecting it for her Diamond Jubilee 56 years later.

Today’s brides may not share this thriftiness, but they do take after Victoria in style. With its fitted bodice and full, floor-length skirt, the typical contemporary wedding gown looks a lot more like Victoria’s dress than it does like anything else in the bride’s wardrobe.

Could a modern-day celebrity set such a lasting precedent for bridal fashion? It’s possible, but hard to imagine where such influence would come from. Even Madonna wore white to both of her weddings.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

History Of Wedding Dress

The Intriguing History Of Wedding Dress
While contemporary weddings are frequently an image of affection and responsibility between the lady and the husband to be, for the vast majority of history, weddings were more similar to a business bargain in which two families united for a valuable course of action or organization together. Wedding dresses, then, were introduced the lady's family in the best light, particularly regarding riches and societal position. 

For the vast majority of history, spouses once in a while obtained a dress particularly for their big day. The lady would regularly wear her finest dress to the service, regardless of the possibility that it was a dim shading. Indeed, numerous ladies wore dark amid this time. Just a couple hues were maintained a strategic distance from, for example, green, which was then viewed as unfortunate. Blue was a prominent decision as it spoke to immaculateness, devotion and an association with the Virgin Mary, in addition to the dim shading effortlessly shrouded stains and blemishes and could be worn once more. 

In spite of the fact that illustrations of ladies wearing white can be followed back as right on time as 1406, the 1840 marriage of England's Queen Victoria to her cousin Prince Albert is viewed as the fundamental white-wearing event. Dribbling with orange blooms, her dazzling white dress propelled a great many regular society to stick to this same pattern. Right around 10 years after the wedding, Godey's Lady's Book, one of the primary ladies' magazines in America, announced that white was the most fitting tint for a spouse.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

History of Jewelry - All About Jewelry

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    Gems were dependably a portion of human society. Indeed, even from the times when people initially began utilizing garments and devices exactly 100.000 years prior, gems were created from any sort of materials that were accessible - stones, creature skins, plumes, plants, bones, shells, wood, and normal made semi-valuable materials, for example, obsidian. As the time continued, propelling innovation empowered artisans to begin taming metals and valuable diamonds into masterpieces that affected whole societies and numerous present day adornments styles. In any case, even with all progressions of metallurgy and pearl handling, the motivation behind wearing gems dependably continued as before - they empowered wearer to communicate non-verbally, showcase riches, rank, political and religious association or affections toward somebody. This empowered adornments to end up immortal and an objective for steady improvement and refinement. 

Improvement of early adornments can be generally separated crosswise over three antiquated human advancements - Egypt, India and China. Egypt and Mesopotamia set gauges in metallurgy, pearl gathering, and glass produce. Their few thousand year long convention of adornments creation established a strong framework for every single European human progress that came after them, and their interesting style influenced design inclines even four thousand years after the fact.

India however figured out how to grow such an association with adornments, to the point that it got to be fundamental piece of their day by day life and religion. Since they were the main who figured out how to overcome the craft of gold assembling and preparing, they create specialty of gem making much sooner than anybody in their surroundings. This made them a standout amongst the most looked for destinations for exchange, which inevitably got to be main impetus for the mind blowing extension of European progress amid the Age of Discovery. On the furthest side of the world, China figured out how to wind up main impetus in creating of expressions and their impact gradually spread their novel style crosswise over whole Asia. Chinese style that is centered around scenes of nature, creatures and mythical beasts is today still in high fame, and keeps on being produced with every passing year.