Add an illusion neckline to your wedding dress for that fairytale bridal look
Ever present on a number of wedding dresses, illusion necklines are sheer panels of fabric which are made from either lace or tulle. Whether beaded, embroidered, plain, or with lace, these necklines add modesty, intrigue and glamour to the overall look, and are growing in popularity among brides. Some celebrities who have sported these intricate necklines, include The Duchess of Cambridge, who wore a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown in 2011; Ivanka Trump, who wore a Vera Wang gown on her wedding in 2009, and Priscilla Chan, who wore a custom-made Claire Pettibone gown with a beautiful illusion neckline during her wedding to Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg in 2012. Illusion neckline wedding gowns have been popularized on the runway by Marchesa, Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, and Justin Alexander, who have added their creative spin on them, using pearls, metallic embroidery, and rhinestones among other embellishments.
An iconic figure, who popularized the illusion neckline, is Hollywood actress Grace Kelly, whose 1956 wedding to Prince Rainer III of Monaco became one of the best known weddings in history due to her elegant wedding gown. The gown, which is considered as being one of the most influential in history, is known for its delicate illusion neckline made of lace.
The modern illusion neckline serves the same purpose, i.e. it covers the neck, shoulder and bust area lightly without revealing too much or too little. The sheerness of the fabric or details in the lace stands out in contrast to the skin tone and creates a slight peek-a-boo impression. Those who wish to wear sweetheart necklines but do not want to reveal a lot of skin will greatly benefit from an illusion neckline. The same benefit applies to those who would like to wear a corset-style wedding gown but are hesitant about revealing their chest and back. Illusion neckline styles extend to include both back and shoulders and can easily be attached to sleeveless gown styles.
Illusion necklines serve as godsends to plus-sized and curvy women who would like to enjoy styles which might cause them discomfort. Given their ability to include back, shoulders and even arms, a plus-sized woman can comfortably wear almost any wedding dress style that exists, including styles which might not flatter her figure sans the addition of the illusion neckline; the sheer fabric will cover the body slightly and the lace or other embellishments will highlight her assets.
Appreciated for their ability to add elements of intrigue and elegance to a wedding gown, illusion necklines are a valuable addition to the dress of a bride who wants to exude the class of Grace Kelly, or the effortless elegance of the Duchess of Cambridge. Vintage wedding dress styles are likely to have illusion necklines in traditional handmade lace, while the more modern styles present on the runway are more complex in terms of design. They are the ultimate choice for any bride, regardless of size, and one could easily customize a neckline and attach it to an existing dress for that classy, ethereal look.
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