In a sea of fitted strapless wedding dresses, the Empire waist dress is a breath of fresh air. This particular style is created when the dress is gathered near or just under the bust with a long skirt skimming the rest of the body. Historically, the dress made its first appearance in ancient Greece and Rome. The name “Empire” refers to the First French Empire in 1804-1814 when Napoleon was dictator. The style proved popular with the French and other nations as well. Even a war with the French didn’t stop the influence of this dress in England!
I love the historical feel of this wedding dress by Pronovias. It’s needlepoint lace over a satin lining with a velvet bow.
A satin silk dress with the top edged in ruffled lace from Fanny Liautard.
Stephane Saunier designed this beautiful tulle and silk organza dress with lace bodice.
(Photos- French Oui Bridal Magazine, February 2008)