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Bridal Wear

Elizabeth Glendinning

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

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The evolution of the bridal gown, and its history, aesthetic, and rituals, are significant within our cultural history and have an influence on the contemporary wedding ceremony. Modern designers continue to be influenced by fashion history, or may reflect current styles and concerns. This article predominantly refers to the white wedding gown worn traditionally in Western Christian cultures, its heritage, and the wedding dress as archival object.

Antonio Berardi

Shonagh Marshall

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

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The Figures on the Tombs: Dress in Brass Rubbings

Moira F. Harris

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

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Knight and lady, merchant and priest, scholar and nun—their images once populated the walls and floors of European churches, beginning in the twelfth century. Incised slabs were used first; there remain many of them on the continent of Europe, especially in Germany, Belgium, and Poland. Brasses are more common in the United Kingdom, although many stone slabs bear shadowy cavities where brass figures once glistened. Sepulchral images that still exist, in reality or in copies, offer insights not on

Archangels of the Andes

Moira F. Harris

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Latin America and the Caribbean, 2005, Berg Fashion Library

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Scholars have written that Spain conquered Tahuantinsuyu (the Inca Empire) with the sword and cross, but art (and fashion) were not far behind. The mendicant friars who followed Francisco Pizarro and his men to South America were charged with converting to Christianity any indigenous people they met. The tenets of their faith were simpler to explain with images than words. In the last session of the Council of Trent in 1563, bishops had been advised to “retain sacred images in the temples and ins

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