Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Style Inspiration: The White Lace Dress

Delicate Beauty: Annie Monroe photographed in Hollywood, CA.  Photo by Megan Mack.

Singer, actress, model, DJ and fabulous style icon Annie Monroe was photographed recently in a beautiful lace dress by the Australian fashion label Lover.  I love white lace dresses, whether worn in a classic way, or more rugged and unexpected, like paired with an olive green utility jacket.

Europeans incorporated lace into their fashions dating back to the 16th century.  An excerpt from Pat Earnshaw's Lace in Fashion:
It was the highlight and sometimes the most expensive component of the garments worn by rich and powerful men and women; from European royalty and aristocracy to leaders of the Catholic Church, and, later, those in search of the fabled status that lace imparted. 
Both traditional and modern wedding gowns are also known for their incorporation of lace.  In 1840, Queen Victoria popularized the use of white lace in wedding gowns.  She wore a white satin gown and veil of hand-made Honiton lace (named after the town in England that was known for its lace making).  Back then, brides normally wore an everyday outfit to their wedding, and blue was the color of purity, while white symbolized wealth -- Queen Victoria changed all of that.

Modern lace dresses can be sweet and summery, fun and whimsical, long or short, edgy or classic. Some of my favorites include Ashley Olsen's Magda Berliner dress (seen below) and Marilyn Monroe's billowy summer one.  The inspiration board shows styles dating from the 1800s to 1930s, '40s, '50s and '60s.

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