When it comes to floating regally down the aisle or photoshoots on windswept vistas, there’s nothing like a long, flowing gown. If your dream dress is long and ethereal, here are some of the fabrics and patterns you can select during the Anomalie design process to achieve the picturesque look for your custom wedding dress.
Soft and semi-transparent, chiffon is an ideal fabric for creating a beachy, bohemian, or Greek-goddess look. Because chiffon is light and loose, it can be gathered around the waist to hang in dramatic pleats down the skirt. It also looks great in a loose, flowing skirt paired with a fitted bodice.
Silk georgette is similar to chiffon, as it is light and flowy and looks great in a loose flowing skirt, but this fabric is more opaque, as seen below.
Since both fabrics are thin and delicate, chiffon and georgette fabrics aren’t ideal for applying heavy lace appliqué or beading. The most classic look therefore combines a lace bodice (with either a soft white or colored lining) and a dreamy, cascading maxi skirt.
Many brides cringe when they hear the word tulle, flashing back to their childhood days of dancing ballet in a tutu, but don’t let the word scare you. It’s one of the most common bridal fabrics, since it’s so versatile and can be used to create a number of diverse looks. Tulle, being slightly more structured than chiffon or georgette, is less “flowy,” but being transparent, it can be layered against different colors to create a champagne or blush effect. It’s also able to support lace/beading details more easily, though we most often see dramatic, voluminous tulle skirts paired with a dainty lace bodice.
Crepe is a heavier and more structured fabric than chiffon, georgette, or tulle. Rather than floating, it hangs with a bit more substance in a sheath dress, or forms chic rippling pleats in a fit-and-flare silhouette. Sweeping crepe gowns are sophisticated, photogenic and modern, making them a popular choice for destination weddings.
Fitted waists and long, loose skirts are timeless and flattering. Anomalie brides have used soft flowing fabrics in an array of gown styles – romantic, whimsical, elegantly understated, or sometimes all three! Taking notes? Head over to our Wedding Dress Silhouette Guide for more tips!