Jason Wu Bridal Collection: Can a Man Design a Bridal Gown?

In recent years, the most famous bridal gown collections have been designed by women -- Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera -- which is why a new collection is getting a lot of attention.

Even Sex and the City got in on the female wedding vibe. Vivienne Westwood designed Carrie's (Sarah Jessica Parker) infamous wedding gown for the wedding that never took place.

In short, men may rule (or at least dominate) the cat walk, but women traditionally have taken the (wedding) cake. Now Jason Wu, famous for his design for Michelle Obama's inauguration gown and dresses for celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman, is creating a "capsule collection" of five bridal gowns for Net-a-Porter.com. It's set to debut in January.

The word on the street is that the gowns -- currently only available to see in sketch form -- buck a bit of tradition.

Here are a few key ways they will differ:

  • Length: Two of the five gowns Wu presented are tea-length (above the knee) as opposed to floor-length, which is a look I love. In my own wedding, my bridesmaids' dresses were that length. It was a look that made an easy transition to future events and also allowed them to dance and enjoy the wedding (and show off their gams!).
  • Straps: None of his gowns are strapless, which is currently the go-to bridal look. According to New York Magazine, one is bias-cut with a sleeveless scoop-neck chiffon top, while the other has a deep V-neck. Another is long-sleeved (!).
  • Embellishment: The two above-the-knee dresses both have unique features. One has a bow at the bosom along with a feathered skirt, long sleeves, and beaded embroidery below the waist. The other has a simple top (sleeveless) with a full skirt to the knee and a black ribbon around the waist. I am salivating just reading about it.

It isn't that there haven't been male wedding designers. Of course there have (Alfred Angelo, anyone?), but the most popular ones have been female recently, which is great for women, but maybe not so great for the dresses.

I, for one, am pretty excited about the notion of getting away from Barbie wedding dresses and moving into a new phase of more stylish, practical dresses, especially with the new length. It's enough to make me want to renew my vows!

Vive la Difference!

Do these dresses sound nice to you?

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