Bridal fashion and cinema, pure on and off-screen chemistry

11 April 2017

Which bride on earth wouldn't want to be the star in her own movie? Read more

"A long time ago in a galaxy far far away..." The bridal world allowed itself to be seduced by the flashes of a world not unknown to it: cinema and its spotlights, the glamour, the red carpets, the glow and the stars…I mean, which bride on earth wouldn't want to be the star in her own movie, especially on her big day?

Cinema and fashion then came together in a very successful marriage in which the former kindled dreams of great love stories and incredible adventures while the second prolonged that dream through wedding dresses drawn directly from the big screen. And so on to this day and age, in which designers and firms take celluloid as one of their many sources of inspiration.

Not surprisingly, if we close our eyes we can clearly remember the innocent sensuality of Marilyn Monroe, the galactic aesthetics of the legendary George Lucas saga, the iconic sophistication of Audrey Hepburn, Scarlet O'Hara's green velvet dress ... And we will, even without having seen the movies. Precisely because of their presence in the collective imagination, year after year bridal fashion firms' creations incorporate cinematographic references in order to create immortal collections. Let's start.

End of Rodarte parade, fall-winter 2014/2015

Leia, eternal princess

A simple white tunic and two side braids landed her squarely atop fashion's Mount Olympus. Princess Leia, arch heroine of one of the most popular sagas of all time, Star Wars, is an indisputable style icon. With her mostly white attire, she caught the attention of brands such as Carolina Herrera, who reinterpreted her essence with outstanding bridal femininity in their fall-winter 2013/2014 collection, or the French firm Givenchy, whose designer Ricardo Tisci opted for futuristic touches for a far from traditional "I do" in his spring 2013 collection. Among the thousands of references made to the figure of this celluloid heroine and to the intergalactic history that surrounds her, the Mulleavy sisters' creations for Rodarte in fall 2014 clearly stand out, paying nothing short of a full blown tribute by printing the silhouettes of Luke Skywalker, R2D2 and Yoda among other characters on their wedding and party dresses. An intergenerational siren song whose millions of followers will find it difficult not to fall prey to.

Wedding dresses by Givenchy, spring-summer 2013, and Carolina Herrera, fall-winter 2013/2014

Golden Hollywood: source of bridal inspiration

Behind the strong personality of a unique character we find the mysterious and sexy halo of golden Hollywood, one in which the actresses were more than just celebrities and the characters they played adored (and imitated) all over the world. The glamorous style of Audrey Hepburn has been much talked about; in her black dress by the hand of Hubert de Givenchy in Breakfast at Tiffany's and by her spectacular white models of New Look silhouette by Sabrina. But possibly her most prevalent look in the classic bridal world is the one she sported in My Fair Lady, reinterpreted with great success by Ralph Lauren in their spring-summer 2008 collection shown in New York.

Wedding dresses inspired by My Fair Lady in the spring-summer 2008 collections by Ralph Lauren

Marilyn forever

How many times have we seen the pleated white dress popularized by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch (1955) on the catwalk? And that dress has beyond doubt been the choice of many a bride for an informal wedding on many more occasions. Endlessly imitated, the "Blonde Bombshell" has also served as a reference for guest wear throughout all these years. Her exuberant style has had designers such as Sonia Peña put party dresses on the runway inspired by her most memorable performances on the big screen, like the famous pink strapless design in which the actress sang Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Dress by Moschino, spring-summer 2017 and by Sonia Peña, 2016

In addition, more recently and by the hand of the same creator, 2017 wedding attendees have had the opportunity to remember the unforgettable Scarlett O'Hara with the Scarlett collection, where we find references to the star of Gone with the Wind in silhouettes and in colors and accessories.

Sonia Peña, 2017

100% made in Disney brides

This article would not be complete without including the most romantic and dreamlike frames from the Disney universe: those movies that watched time and time again get brides daydreaming about wearing a princess's dress. Listening to brides' most imaginative needs, the American designer Alfred Angelo has a continuous collection in which he imagines what Snow White, Cinderella or Elsa from Frozen would look like dressed as a bride, although the most imitated Disney princess today is, without a doubt, Bella, from Beauty and the Beast. Layers of tulle, draping, waves and lots of volume are Haute Couture designers' proposals in this direction in their rediscovering, in time to the beat of the recently released remake, of the immortal yellow ball gown current brides fell in love with many years ago.

Haute Couture dress by Giambattista Valli, spring-summer 2017 and a design inspired by the film Frozen by Alfred Angelo

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