Bustle Back Gown

We are so pleased that the old fashioned bustle back gown has been reintroduced into the wedding dress world as a whimsically modern incorporation. It is haute couture at its most lavish. Most styles feature the bunching up of fabric around a woman’s waist with the functional purpose of adding fullness. It is completely regal and now considered very fashion forward and a bit cutting edge.

This silhouette came into popularity during the Victorian Era and remained in fashion until WWI. Shapes became less extreme as the decades rolled on, but this style was always about making an entrance. It is sometimes said that the dress will wear you. When gown shopping, the term “Empress Poufs” is the phrase

some designers have coined when describing their bustle-like, voluminous styles. Look for Vera Wang and Claire Pettibone styles.

Certainly not for those who are shy, the bustle back gown makes a statement. Why not pick something avant garde? You only wear the gown one day, so why not go big!

Words of wisdom…..
“When I design a wedding dress with a bustle, it has to be one the bride can dance in. I love the idea that something is practical and still looks great.” Vera Wang

…..and advice.

Photo Credit: Amsale


2 Comments so far

  1. Su Ling February 3rd, 2009

    I love this gown!

  2. cupcakes and cashmere February 3rd, 2009

    what a phenomenal dress…and i must say, the layout of your blog is simply superb. so pretty!

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