The bow has yet to recover fully from what the 80’s did to it. The lingering fear of anything with a bow on the back will take a while to shake off. I would like to offer up some beautiful bows to remind everyone of how great they can be.

Vera wang gown with super wide grosgrain bow above.

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Vintage draped and tied bows.


Large bow incorporated into a sculpted back by Lanvin.


Chanel dress from the 30’s with contrast bow.


Little velvet bows added to a birdcage veil. Perfect for with a sleek and simple dress.


Dress covered in bows from Stella McCartney. Would it be too much with the above veil?

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Here the bows are embroidered onto the dress. An example from the 20’s and a modern take on a 50’s frock.


Sculpted and wired bow by Dior.

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Little bows as detail on the back closure. The left as a detail over a zip and right as the actual closure on an informal dress.

Dip dye

Many thanks to Gwen Stefani and John Galliano for bringing the dip dye into the world of bridal. This technique is a wonderful way to add some colour to a dress. I am actually going to have an opportunity to dip dye some projects and I am really excited about them.

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Here a lovely soft lace dress dipped in a soft silvery blue. This dress shows a colour gradient down to the hem. This is achieved through varying the dilution of the dye as well as the time in the dye pot.

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A brighter blue dipped ruffle dress. It looks like some of the ruffles are dipped and some are white where they should be blue, the dipping and ruffling must have been alternated.

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Lovely sleek black on a simple peach dress. This dress is the most basic dip as it is a solid edge between the dark and light.

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This dress looks to be made from fabric that has been dipped, not actually dipped itself. With improvements to printing fabric in recent years it is now possible to buy fabric with a colour gradient effect that are printed. These fabrics can be a great way to get the look of dip dye without the expense.










Another cascade of ruffles dipped, The colour being allowed to creep higher on one side.

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This dress by Tara LaTour is not actually dipped but the look is created through layering colours of chiffon.