LAT­EST BRIDAL TREND DOWN UN­DER

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - JANE ARMITSTEAD

BRIDES are throw­ing away tra­di­tion and boldy walk­ing down the aisle in dar­ing gowns that show their knick­ers.

Queens­land wed­ding bou­tiques have seen a rise in women choos­ing to tie the knot in the “naked dress”, show­ing off nude colours, corsets, body­suits and pre­car­i­ously placed lace.

De­spite leav­ing very lit­tle to the imag­i­na­tion, women can pay up to $12,000 for these risque de­signer dresses from Bris­bane bridal shops.

Bris­bane-based wed­ding dress de­signer Ella Stephen­son, who owns Mil­ton bou­tique Ella Moda, said the trend proved women were feel­ing more confident than ever.

“We have def­i­nitely ex­pe­ri­enced a de­cline in the num­ber of tra­di­tional wed­ding gown re­quests this year,” she said.

“I think we’re liv­ing in the most body-pos­i­tive time of his­tory and that has em­pow­ered women to break away from the tra­di­tional bridal mould.”

Nor­man Park’s White by Gos­sip Gowns man­ager Karen En­dres said their most risque col­lec­tion, by Is­raeli de­signer Berta, would hit stores next month and range from $7000$12,000.

“They’re bold, very sheer and have built in body suits … they’re show­stop­pers with the wow fac­tor,” she said. “We put pre­view pho­tos up on our so­cial me­dia and have al­ready had women call­ing from Port Dou­glas to New Zealand want­ing to get their hands on them.”

For­mer Sunshine Coast stylist and bride-to-be Ash­lee Hill, 31, who now lives in Lon­don, chose an Ella Moda see-through gown for her wed­ding next month and isn’t wor­ried about fam­ily re­ac­tion.

“I wanted to be in­di­vid­ual and stand out from the sea of bor­ing white dressed brides,” she said.

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