Should Angelina Jolie Wear A White Wedding Dress?
Speculation is in full force as to what Angelina Jolie will wear to her upcoming wedding to longtime partner Brad Pitt. The biggest question—will the bride wear white for her third trip down the aisle?
The Western tradition of brides wearing white has a complicated history. Queen Mary of Scots wore white on her wedding day in 1559. At the time she went against tradition, since white was considered a mourning color for royalty in France. Queen Victoria really set the white wedding gown machine in motion when she got married in 1840. She donned a white satin gown trimmed with white lace and a matching veil. A portrait of Queen Victoria in the dress was widely distributed, and a trend was born. Getting married in white in the 19th century began to signify wealth—since white dresses are harder to wash and reuse. Only over time has wearing a white wedding dress become intermingled with purity. In modern times the debate around wearing a white wedding dress has been directed towards women who have been married before, or have children already.
For her first two trips down the aisle, Jolie rebuffed tradition in a big way. When she married Jonny Lee Miller in 1996, she sported a pair of rubber pants and a t-shirt with Jonny’s name reportedly written across the back in her blood. To her second wedding to Billy Bob Thornton in 2000, Jolie donned a simple tank top and jeans.
Jolie’s image has undergone a big overhaul in recent years (kudos to her stylist Jennifer Rade for her ultra-elegant look as of late) and most are predicting this time down the aisle will be much different for the star—especially now that she has six children.
Designer Pamella DeVos of the label Pamella Roland Collection says she thinks Jolie will wear white. “At first I thought she would not wear white because white is so virginal, but she has kids and those kids will expect her to wear white,” DeVos said. “It’s a wedding dress.”
Others think the star might go in a different direction. A myriad of non-white wedding dresses were shown recently during Spring 2013 Bridal Fashion Week. Vera Wang showed a collection of red and burgundy gowns. Oscar de la Renta presented a range of floral and pastel gowns. Brides editor Anne Fulenwider said, “I can see Angelina taking a risk and wearing a red wedding dress” speaking to the recent bridal trend of eschewing white for the big day.
If Jolie doesn’t opt for a white wedding gown, she will be in good celebrity company. Sarah Jessica Parker wore a black wedding gown to her 1997 wedding to Matthew Broderick (though she told Harper’s Bazaar in 2009, “I still regret it”). Reese Witherspoon wore a pink wedding gown when she got married for the second time last year.
Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe predicted to Celebuzz, “She’s [Jolie] going to do whatever she [feels] most comfortable in I’m sure, because she is so comfortable with herself. I’m sure it will be very elegant.”
And for those scratching their heads as to why there is so much fuss over Jolie’s upcoming wedding and dress choice, consider this—the US wedding industry generates about $40 billion a year, with a huge amount being spent on wedding dresses and accessories. What Jolie wears will be copied for years to come, and means big business for the wedding industry.
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