Antique beading is no longer something you’ll only find on your grandmother’s dress. This accent started a fashion revival that is taking the bridal world by storm. Designers are favoring a cue from the glam and pizzazz of the 20’s to utilize beading in such a way that gives the dress a life of its own. Whereas in previous years dress have leaned to a more simplistic lace and spaghetti strap design that captures the inner boho princess of every bride, this year we’re seeing a shift toward all that sparkles with beaded back gowns. Beading is a great way to accomplish this look without the use of expensive crystals. As an added bonus, intricate beading offers a more nostalgic feel to the whole ensemble.
Unique in its incarnation, beading on the back of the bodice can be styled in diverse forms and with various techniques. While beading itself comes with its own connotation, each style of beading boasts its own flavor. Strings of beads draped off the shoulders of a sheath or mermaid styled dress creates a look that is reminiscent of the Gatsby and Daisy-era. Illusion-beaded appliqué can be incorporated into the back of the wedding dress in a variety of ways. For lovers of mod art, a structured beading style replicates the art deco architecture commonly seen in famous buildings and landmarks. Soft, small beading evokes a nostalgia for fairytale romance that brings out the youthful glow in every bride. Beading intermixed with crystals makes for a very elegant gown fit for a queen. Beadings’ incredible versatility is the main reason designers this year are flocking to this trend. Check out your local boutiques below to see some of these gorgeous beaded back gowns.
Featured designers and where to find them:
Aire Barcelona – Bridal Boutique of Arizona
Alvina Valenta – Schaffer’s
Enzoani – Uptown Bridal Boutique
Eve of Milady – Bridal Boutique of Arizona
Lillian West – Grace Style & Bridal
Pronovias – Bridal Boutique of Arizona; Grace Style & Bridal; Schaffer’s
Rosa Clara – Bridal Boutique of Arizona; Schaffer’s
Sottero & Midgley – Schaffer’s; Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique
Stella York – Uptown Bridal & Boutique
Val Stefani – Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique