Princess Beatrice’s decision to rework a vintage gown once worn by her grandmother for her wedding day has been hailed as a modern and sustainable choice – and the royal is not alone in opting for secondhand bridalwear. According to designer resale site Vestiaire Collective, searches for vintage wedding dresses have been on the up for some time.
Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in an intimate ceremony at The Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor, where she wore a vintage Norman Hartnell Gown that had been loaned to her by her grandmother the Queen. The design was refitted for Beatrice and upcycled with the addition of puff sleeves, while the underskirts and the bubble hem were removed and replaced with a silk trim.
Beatrice’s decision to wear a secondhand dress has been praised as a modern and sustainable choice – and her’s is part of a larger trend which has seen many brides turn to vintage bridalwear, rather than opting to have something new made.
In fact, Vestiaire Collective has revealed the scale of the trend, divulging that searches for vintage wedding dresses on its site were up 56 per cent this June compared with the same month last year.
And, although not every bride-to-be will have the Queen of England’s wardrobe to look to for vintage wedding-wear, there are plenty of options for shopping for vintage wedding dresses, including on Vestiaire Collective, which has a range of vintage designer dresses from the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino, which would be perfect for the modern bride.
From Harper’s Bazaar UK