Not Your Mama’s Wedding Dress: Designer’s Naked Gown for Brave Brides Only

Naked wedding dress
The “Heaven” dress making its runway debut. (Photo: Getty Images)

Some brides-to-be envision their wedding gown as their one chance to go for abundant layers of giant skirts and undergarments, enjoying the frills of an old-time princess. Others are eyeing the exact opposite, particularly if they plan on taking inspiration from Bridal Fashion Week 2017, during which Israeli designer Alon Livné White sent a model down the runway in a bejeweled nude bodysuit and a wide-open hint of a skirt. Some compare the look to that of a Las Vegas showgirl, but it’s also completely in line with the trends of the past two years.

“I wanted to make something that is very showstopper, very unique, but still feminine and soft,” Livné told of the dress, called “Heaven,” which he said would be sold with a more substantial overskirt. “For the dancing, she can take off the overskirt and be more sexy.”

Much was made of the naked-wedding-dress trend during bridal shows last year. “I think the days of the bride wearing her mother’s old wedding dress are over,” Kleinfeld Bridal fashion director Terry Hall told Stylecaster. “Brides really want their own red carpet moments.”

And that means literally taking a cue from Kim Kardashian and Rihanna for their wedding gowns. Other barely there creations shown for fall 2017 include a golden lace gown by Isabelle Armstrong, but for the really skin-revealing gowns, you need to rewind to the spring 2017 collections, such as Mira Zwillinger’s, which is almost completely made up of sheer styles.

The most stunning real-life use of such a style was by Victoria’s Secret model Isabeli Fontana, who wore nothing but a bra and briefs under her flowing, sheer Agua de Coco dress as she posed with new husband Diego Ferrero in the ocean.

For her wedding to Kevin Hart, model Eniko Parrish wore two see-through Vera Wang gowns. The first was more demure, with an opaque mermaid skirt. The second dress, which she wore for the reception, was transparent all the way to the train.

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As the New York Times pointed out last year, most brides who choose these gowns also opt for opaque, nude-colored panels or undergarments to wear underneath them.

“I always knew that I was never going to be the traditional bride,” Canadian stylist Erica Wark told the Toronto Star. “It just didn’t do it for me.” So she wore a completely sheer, rather bubbly Zuhair Murad dress for her wedding last July, over the aforementioned nude undergarments.

Though her dress was risqué in a different way — plunging neckline, tutu, and neon-green veil — Megan O’Neill recently expressed in Elle why she wanted to look sexy for her wedding day. “I wanted it to scream, I’m alive! I love life and this man! And It’s party time. And for it to make Jesse, watching me peacock down that aisle, think, Man, I get to marry her? Forever looks like fun.”

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