Train, trail or tail was adapted from the robes of kings and queens in the medieval times. In those times, they believed that the longer their train, the higher was their status and the more glorious their power. In the 14th century, cotehardie became traditional wedding dress. Cotehardie had long sleeves that fit snugly to the bride’s arms, matched with the wedding dress by wearing gem-studded gold belt. Both items have transformed into today’s wedding dress that has a long train, to give an amazing theatrical effect. By the end of 1800’s wedding dress with a very long train had become a symbol of status and a fashion statement.
Train This and That
A train to a wedding dress gives a dramatic impression. The more formal the design of the dress, the longer the train will be. A wedding dress should be designed perfectly in order to be able to hold the weight of the train. There are two kinds of trains. Attached train, the one that is attached to the dress, and detached train, the one that can be taken off the dress. Detached train is an ideal compromise for the bride, especially if the train is too long and heavy.
Sweep Length Train – A train that sweeps the floor gives elegant and romantic impressions. This is suitable for a party that is not too formal and for a petite bride.
Chapel Train – This kind of train gives classic and elegant impression. It is usually 1 – 1,5 meter long behind the bride’s feet. It is suitable for a formal party.
Cathedral Train – The train gives a glorious impression to the bride. It is normally 3 meter long from the bride’s waist. This kind of train can be combined with various veil designs, but the best one is the proportional one.
Royal Train – This train is worn in a very formal party. It’s length is usually 7,5 meter long from bride’s waist.
– Pay attention to the volume of the train and match it with your party’s type.
– For a lighter party, try to ask your designer for a unique train. A train with pleats could be a nice alternative.
– Remember, the train should give a flexible and ‘flying’ effect to the gown. So make sure you and your designer choose the right fabric.