Empire Line Style
With most of the other styles of bridal gown, the name of the dress refers to the shape of the skirt. However, the Empire Line dress takes its name from the positioning of the waist line. The waist line is moved upwards from the natural waist to just under the bust and the dress continues to flow down to the hem from this line. The skirt of an Empire Line dress will usually take the form of a Column, Fishtail or Trumpet silhouette.
Empire Line dresses were originally popular in Georgian times as they showed off the soft feminine figure. Think Jane Austen film adaptations – Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility show great examples of how Empire Lines were worn at the time.
In terms of bridal gown styles, Empire Line dresses are often used on ‘Grecian’ style dresses, which tend to be made from chiffon or lighter fabrics. ‘Grecian’ dresses are a modern day reflection of what the Ancient Greek women used to wear – draping and gathered fabrics often belted on the Empire Line. They are a great choice for summer or destination weddings!
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