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Is the strapless wedding dress ever going to go out of fashion? Well, it might, but not in a hurry I suspect 
The strapless bridal gown really came into its own in the 80s when society and religion became more permissive. But it wasn't in fact a new trend, it was just the explosion of a much older one. It was born in the 1950s when brides no long felt that they had to cover up quite so much 
 
The trend started slowly in the 1950s for the most daring brides who usually opted for some form of sleeve or overlay. However by the 1980s it was a major influence 
 
 
 
One of the most iconic strapless wedding dresses was worn by Sarah Jessica Parker. It was created for a film in her part as Carrie Bradshaw who wore a strapless bridal gown for her aborted marriage to Mr Big in Sex and the City: The Movie (2008). This over the top confection sported an ivory sculpted bodice and dramatic layered taffetta skirt and was called the Cloud gown. It was a show-topping look that only the most confident could carry (get it...Carrie) off. It would certainly be a bold statement for any bride  
 
One bride not afraid to make a statement was Victoria Beckham, who wore a Vera Wang strapless wedding dress for her 1999 nuptials. This champagne coloured ball gown was designed to give a rock chic vibe. It had a 20 foot train and cinched in waist. Somewhat different to the pared back look she now has. It's unsurprising perhaps that Victoria donned a much lighter fitted purple outfit for the evening do (dancing with a 20 foot train? Errr...no). The wedding in an Irish castle was rumoured to cost an eye-watering £80,000, which would be a drop in the ocean for a celebrity wedding now 
 
A Vera Wang strapless wedding dress also had an outing when model Lily Aldridge wed Kings of Leon musician Caleb Followill in 2011. This bridal wear was fitted but had a gorgeous froth of chantilly lace and embroidery in a fishtail. However this was topped by Chrissie Teigen in 2013 when she married John Legend. The model wore no less than three (you heard right) different wedding dresses, two in white and one in red. The star of the show was a ball gown with a huge tulle skirt which she walked down the aisle in 
 
So, from the brief walk through of the evolution of the strapless wedding dress it's clear to see that the strapless bridal gown is now in its fourth decade. It's not close to extinction then  
 
Gorgeous strapless wedding dresses, fully corseted, available from Lychgate 
 
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