All About the Dress: Wedding Gown Terminology
This post is part two of our series “All about the Dress”! We covered the different gown silhouettes in the last post, today we are talking about wedding gown terminology. It can get confusing to walk into a wedding gown shop and not know what you’re looking for!
Use this glossary to help shape the vision you have for your true dress.
Silhouette - In fashion, the term silhouette refers to the line of a dress, or the garment's overall shape. Silhouettes can be used to emphasize and alter a woman's shape to create a flattering illusion. See our most recent blog about the different silhouettes and shapes in bridal.
Applique - decorative needlework of a fabric or trim onto another one.
Boning - The stiff part of a corset or bodice that gives the gown its frame and structure.
Bustle - A series of invisible hooks, loops, or buttons added to a gown to hold the train in place and off the floor
Cap Sleeve - when there is a partial sleeve that covers the shoulder
Dropped Waist - a waist line below the natural waist
Embroidery - Raised stitching on a gown to embellish a gown
Empire - a waistline that is raised and typically below the bust
Natural Waist - the thinnest point between the hips and the rib cage
Lead time - The time it takes to order a gown. It can take 6-9 months to have a gown ordered and produced. Why so long? Because the gown is not produced until you order it. It will be made in the size, color and any custom options that are ordered by you, the bride.
Plunge - A neckline that dips below the chest bone.
Ruching - when fabric is gathered in pleats
Sabrina - A neckline that covers the chest and typically cuts straight across the collar bone
Sweetheart - A neckline that looks like the top half of a heart with a v in the middle
All Over Lace - A fabric that consists of a continuous pattern. The lace is cut as you would you any other fabric. Often this lace is then appliquéd with additional lace or beading on wedding dresses.
Train - The back of the dress that extends and trails behind the gown.
You know what we realized after defining all these wedding dress terms? How many more there are to learn! Looks like we might have a part two blog in our future!
If you are a bride who is looking for a certain gown or style and are not exactly sure how to describe it, give us a call or drop us an email! We’re here to make sure that every bride finds her dream dress!