Fit for a princess: Bridal Couture from Paris

Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier and Elie Saab are just some of the powerhouse designers that closed their Autumn/Winter 2012 collections with spectacular, majestic bridal gowns.

White (often, but not always) and radiant, these costumes range from simple elegance to fairytale wonders fit for a princess. On occasions, as for Lebanese Elie Saab's designs for Pronovias, they inspire some of the ready-to-wear collections that will come later to the boutiques and dress brides from all over the world.

Featuring gems, embroidery with gold thread and crystals, feathers, fabrics from the confines of the world; nothing is enough to create these wonderful designs. Delight in the wedding dresses that put the finishing touch to the fashion shows of Haute Couture in Paris.

The spectaular and fantastical wedding dress from On Aura Tout Vu, with a ballerina skirt and embroidery throughout  

Ulyana Sergeenko's design, with cape and hood 

Chanel always remains true to tradition in closing Haute Couture with a bridal dress. On the right, Stéphane Rolland's sophisticated design for a dreamlike silhouette 

Jean Paul Gaultier dresses a bride with a top hat and subtle open back (left). On the right, Elie Saab, who tends to have Lebanese influences in her collections for Pronovias 

The most traditional of all the brides, by Zuhair Murad 

Jan Taminiau: ruffly fabrics, a thigh-high split in the skirt, and colourful sleeves are some details in this collection  


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