The Anatomy of a Wedding Gown
GOWN SILHOUETTES A-line - Narrow at the bodice, with vertical seams that flow right down photo by Front Room Photography
to a slightly flared-out skirt. Ball Gown- A fitted bodice that comes in at the waist and then flares out to a full, floor-length skirt with lots of volume. Trumpet Silhouette - A style of gown that features a gradually-flared skirt and a close-fitting bodice that skims the lines of the body, through the hips. Sheath - A close, form-fitting dress from bodice all the way down to the skirt. May have a slit at the legs for easier walking.
NECKLINES Bateau - Straps are at mid-shoulders with the fabric reaching in a gentle dip across the chest and back, like an eye shape if viewed from above. Halter - Ties around the back of the neck. Sweetheart - Rounded fabric over each breast, meeting in a V-neck point in the middle. Its heart shape is the basis for its name. V-neck - The fabric extends downward in an angled V-shape at the top of the chest or lower to show some cleavage.
SLEEVES Cap - A short extension to a sleeveless look offering a ‘pouf ’ of fabric over the shoulder, gathering under or against the very top of the arm. Illusion - Sheer netting-type material that forms a see-through sleeve, yet offers ‘the illusion’ of coverage. Three-quarter - Extending from the shoulder to mid-forearm.