Painting bridal dreams

09 March 2017

Pictorial art is expressed on the most spectacular wedding dresses and guest wear, leaving us breathless. Valentino, Raimon Bundó, Viktor & Rolf, Naeem Khan, Alexander McQueen and Julien Fournié all dared to do it. Read more

Cubism, the Renaissance, impressionism, expressionism, Art Deco… an endless succession of art movements lend color to and inspire the designs of wedding dresses for brides and guests in the skillful hands of the big names in fashion. Art and fashion merge in timeless style.

Two robots, usually employed to paint vehicles, danced around the model Shalom Harlow who wore a blank canvas on which, at first gingerly and then more boldly, the robots sprayed black and yellow creating a unique bridal design. Unrepeatable!

Shocking, innovative and iconoclastic. Three adjectives that perfectly describe the talent of British designer Alexander McQueen. We go back to his spring summer 1999 collection when he "performed", live on the catwalk, one of the greatest fashion shows to date. Juxtaposing man and machine, craftsmanship and technology.

Alexander McQueen, 1999.

Nymphs, cherubs, flora and fauna lovingly liberated from the paintings of the great masters of Renaissance grace the meters and meters of satin that went to make the wedding dresses of Raimón Bundó's 2008 collection.

The birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, icon of fifteenth-century Italian painting, looks out at us from this strapless design, reminding us that this was the very first painting done on canvas in Tuscany.

Considered one of the masterpieces of 16th century Italian art, the Doni Tondo, also known as the Holy Family, painted by Michelangelo, shines in solitary splendor on this wedding dress, in which the figures of Mary, Joseph and Child are grouped surrounded by a carved wooden frame designed by the artist himself.

On a shell carried by dolphins, nymphs and newts, we distinguish the mermaid protagonist of the work The Triumph of Galatea by Rafael Sanzio. An exquisitely balanced composition printed on a wedding dress replete with flounces and ruffles.

Raimón Bundó, 2008.

This skirt's sheerness and impressive embroidery delighted all lovers of the work Adam and Eve by German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder, dated 1526. Landscape, fauna and the nude figure of Eve merge on this Valentino dress, which could not be rejected by the theologians of the time due to its biblical origin.

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli took inspiration from the opera for this collection in which delicacy and femininity paraded hand in hand on the Alta Costura spring summer 2014 catwalk, patent in this design made for the most exquisite guests.

Valentino, 2014.

This canvas was cut in cheeky severe forms and printed with sensitive portrait prints splattered with paint to wrap and embrace the models who paraded designers Viktor & Rolf's collection for the Alta Costura autumn winter 2015/2016 fashion show.

All too indispensable wooden frames are presented in the form of necklaces or bracelets. Some of the inspiring designs for the bride who loves pictorial art were given the final touch, live on the catwalk, by the designers themselves. Another clear sign of the fusion of art and fashion in the bridal world.

Viktor&Rolf, 2015/2016.

Golden brides! In this way, literally, everyone's attention was held in fascination during the Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week 2016. Inspiration directly derived from the Baroque, the art movement that came into being in Europe in the seventeenth and part of the eighteenth century, in which classic serenity is abandoned to express a world in movement and to agitate the senses, with a clear preference for the decorative over the structural. Two words define it best: Ostentatious and exaggerated.

Gold leaf was lavishly used in this cultural movement and it shines on most of the works of art of the time, as it does on the upper part of this wedding dress with peplum and halter neck from designer Naeem Khan. The ideal style for all those brides who love luxury and are looking to surprise guests on the big day.

Naeem Khan, 2016.

Elaborate cuts and volumes make up this lime-colored satin dress, sprinkled with black, red and blue. An interplay of mixes and contrasts that delights wedding guests with a passion for surrealism.

Designer Julien Fournié came onto the international scene in 2009 with his own brand, having worked for such greats as Jean-Paul Gaultier or Alexander McQueen, so it is not surprising that, in early 2017, the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode of the French Ministry of Industry will grant him the denomination of origin Haute Couture, thus including the young French designer in the exclusive circle of luxury labels.

Julien Fournié, 2017.

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