Modest Wedding Dresses – A New Trend?

Posted by The Mrs.


Ever since Ivanka Trump walked down the aisle in a demure wedding dress with lace sleeves, the fashion world has been buzzing about the impact her dress will have on the wedding industry.  Sexy gowns and low plunging necklines have been all the rage for the past few years, but modesty looks to be making a comeback.   “We’re so used to seeing brides in strapless dresses that Ms. Trump’s gown made a fresh statement,” wrote New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn.

Watch an interview with designer Vera Wang speaking about Ivanka Trump’s custom made wedding dress here.

Photo credit: Brian Marcus / Fred Marcus Photography / Getty

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1 Sue { 11.24.09 at 2:51 pm }

I wanted a wedding dress with sleeves and had a nightmare trying to find one; even finding something that wasn’t strapless was tough.

If Vera Wang and Ivanka between them set a bit of a trend for less-revealing dresses, then hurrah for that; we should all have a bit more choice in what we wear.

Sue (not Jewish but just didn’t want to be half-naked in public on my wedding day!)

2 Chaviva { 11.24.09 at 3:04 pm }

I’m not going to lie … I wouldn’t consider her wedding dress a tznius Orthodox wedding dress. It’s still a normal cut in the front, and lace is see-through. This picture: Shows that, I think. It’s a beautiful dress, sure, and I applaud her effort, but that wouldn’t fly in a lot of Orthodox communities. Lace doesn’t equal tznius :(

3 Hadassah Sabo Milner { 11.24.09 at 3:16 pm }

I agree with Chaviva. Most orthodox would not consider this modest. if you can see skin through it, it defeats the purpose. what we Orthodox would call modest would be an opaque material that covered the collarbone, the elbows and the knees, and all parts in between.

However, that being said, it was a gorgeous dress. Kudos for making the attempt…

4 Rivster { 11.24.09 at 3:50 pm }

Chavi and Hadassah are correct in that this wouldn’t cut it as a tsnius-gown. It certainly shows much more than would be acceptable in the more traditional communities.

That being said, I was thrilled by the attempt! Though I come from a much more liberal community, I am shocked with how revealing current bridal trends have become. I cannot imagine how much difficulty I would have finding a wedding gown if I was getting married today.

Modesty is a topic not discussed enough in Reform circles. I do make a point of addressing it with brides…but that is too late. I now incorporate this topic into lessons with our B’nai Mitzvah (7th grade) and Confirmation (10th) grade students. The parameters set by the Ultra-Orthodox wouldn’t work in our community. But that is no reason to avoid the topic completely.

Thanks for giving voice to this topic!

5 amber of theAmberShow { 11.24.09 at 4:30 pm }

I insisted on no strapless, and am so glad. I think her dress is beautiful although not strictly tznius. It might be the economy making a more covered up look back in vogue.

6 Esti { 11.24.09 at 5:31 pm }

I also agree with the comments about the dress, it is much better than what most brides where to their weddings these days but on a Tzniut front the neck opening and see thru sleeves would not cut it in certain Orthodox circles. Kol Ha Kvod for the efforts she made, and you never know…her kids may end up with sheitels and strollers one day!

7 Tova Marc { 11.30.09 at 5:14 pm }

Being a Modest Wedding & Evening Gown designer in the New York area, I have seen a huge demand for Modest Dresses within the past year. I agree that Ivanka’s gown isn’t very modest, but she does look very pretty.
Tova Marc
Couture De Bride

8 Polina Ruderman { 05.13.10 at 8:20 pm }

Ivanka’s gown is beautiful although not tznius. It has an old Hollywood feel to it.
Polina Ruderman

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