Traditional wedding

Are you planning your wedding? Here you will find everything there is to know about the Yoruba traditional wedding ceremony in Nigeria. It only takes four minutes of your time and you will know all even the tiniest twists and turns of an ideal ceremony!

Yoruba culture The Western Nigerian culture, Yoruba is full of culture, folklore, and colour. Its people are very cultured, contemporary, easy-going, and friendly. They always invent amazing ways to mix old traditions with modern trends. The Yoruba traditional wedding ceremony (which is actually a very big deal) is full of fun, graceful colours, rich contemporary Nigerian music, and luxurious foods. Wedding for them is an opportunity to showcase their best jewelry, handbags, outfits, and even dancing styles.

Yoruba Traditions

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Traditions rules the bigger part of the whole ceremony. Before the wedding ceremony, the groom usually visits the bride’s family along with his father and some other members of his family. It is an unofficial introduction that happens in a conducive atmosphere to get know better each other. This unofficial introduction does not demand a lot of effort, except for offering a few bottles of wine and some tubers of yam and so on. The bride’s family usually welcomes the visitors with a some soft drinks and a simple meal. Both families would then discuss and decide on the wedding date. Engagement card

When the date is chosen, the groom and bride prepare an engagement card that is addressed to both families. This special card usually includes the name of bride and groom, the date of the wedding, RSVP information, the venue or venues, and the wedding’s colour code. For example, the bride’s family can choose a different colour code from the groom’s family and friends. This way, each family will be represented by a different color. As for the venue, it can be chosen by the couple or the bride’s family. Usually, the choice of a venue must be a compromise between both families. Also, the cuisine of the wedding should be agreed upon by both families. Sometimes the richer family makes a bigger input, still, traditional wedding parties require the united effort of the bride’s and groom’s families. Traditional wedding decorations As for the venue, it could be an open canopy, an event center, a large hall, or just an open area. An event planner usually combines selected colours and creates gorgeous decorations. The list of the guests may be up to 250 people or even more. That is why it is very important to pay attention to the cutlery, seating arrangements, and decorations.

Usually, the decorations are made from coloured balloons, floral arrangements, white tablecloths, tapestries of both color schemes, and chairs covered in lace and the wedding colors. An event planner also decorates the high table for dignitaries, and of course, two eminent chairs are placed in front of the crowd. These are for the bride and groom.

Yoruba traditional wedding cuisine A festive table and wedding menu are the main aspects of the wedding. By the way, both families can take part in this wedding area. It should be professionally contracted to caterers as they will be able to make assorted meals including such traditional dishes as moin moin (beans that have been washed, grounded, and steamed) and jollof rice.

As for the meals, it could be fried or roasted chicken. Also, there can be fresh fish, fried meat, and catfish as well as small chops like meat pies and sausages. By the way, the main attraction is the wedding cake. But other treats like chin chin, small cakes, and other small traditional delicacies can be served. When it comes to the drinks, it’s usually the caterers' responsibility. They should refrigerate drinks and serve the guests.

The drinks could be of different types, for example, punch, alcohol, brandy, juice, fine wines, bottled water and mineral water. By the way, the ceremony would be incomplete without young elegant girls (usually referred to as ushers), to lead invited guests to their seats. Yoruba traditional wedding attire As for the bride's attire, it is often a variation for the female guests’ outfits. The bride usually chooses lace, damask, Nigerian wax fabric, or any other material that suits her. Her attire usually consists of the Buba (a loose-fitting top), Gele (the head tie), and an Iro, which is a large, ankle-length piece of fabric knotted around her waist.

When it comes to the Yoruba traditional wedding colours, they could be coral, white, or gold. these days, it has become very popular to mix colours, for example, white-blue-gold, yellow-violet-gold, white-coral-green, etc. The Yoruba bride usually goes with the one that reflects the colour theme her family has chosen, but it should also blend perfectly with the groom's outfit and look gorgeous.

Also, a bride can wear different accessories such as beads, gold chains, gold earrings and bangles. A Yoruba bride always has the perfect makeup, that finishes off her gorgeous look.

As for the groom, he could wear an Agbada, which is always a two-layered chunk of fabric such as the aso oke. His attire could be made from cotton and damask, or he can wear lace and wax fabric (Ankara). His attire could be of the colour his family has chosen and also, it should blend with the bride's outfit.

Yoruba traditional wedding entertainment and cake When it comes to the entertainment, there is usually a master of the ceremony, which could be a member of the family or a professional. This master of the wedding ceremony usually coordinates the entertainment by representing the DJ or live band and follows the pre-planned programme. All that is left is to feast, dance, and be merry.

According to the Yoruba wedding traditions, the bride should choose the cake. Usually, she finds the right one that blends with the wedding theme. Actually, it can be made of chocolate or a multi-leveled butter with regular icing-sugar. Also, Yoruba traditional wedding cake could have little statuettes of the couple or a simple inscription. One of the main traditions of the wedding is cutting the cake.

Also, an integral part of the wedding is the presentation of gifts. Usually, among the common gifts are golden wrist watches, gold earrings, wax fabric, alligator pepper, bitter kola, kolanut, a bag of rice, a bag of salt, and a even a cow ( nowadays this gift can be substituted with the money equivalent).

Well, as you can see, Yoruba traditional wedding ceremony in Nigeria is very amazing and gorgeous. Among all the varieties of Nigerian weddings it seemed to be the most exciting and colourful. It has so many traditions, which will bring joy and make every participant happy. What do you think?

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marriage proposal

No bridezilla here. A Canadian woman helped orchestrate the perfect surprise marriage proposal for her best friend — on her very own wedding day.

Jess Nakrayko has known Jessica Kieley since elementary school, and they have seen each other through many of life’s ups and downs, according to People. So when Nakrayko began planning her destination wedding to her now-husband, James, Kieley stepped in to help with the heavy lifting.

“All of the work, time, effort that she put into my wedding planning leading up to the wedding was huge,” Nakrayko told People. “She really poured herself into the wedding, and she did so much for me without even expecting a thank you.”

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Kieley and her longtime boyfriend, Adam Brake, had talked about getting married, but the bridesmaid extraordinaire told Nakrayko she wasn’t counting on anything moving forward until after the craziness of the wedding died down, according to the Huffington Post.

That’s when Nakrayko got an idea. What if Brake were to propose during their Jamaican wedding weekend? When she approached him about it, Brake was hesitant — worried about the potential of stealing Nakraykos’ thunder, according to Today.

“I would never ruin your wedding like that,” Brake told her.

But Nakrayko was committed, and while planning certain reception details with her sister — who is also a close friend of Kieley’s — the pair hatched the perfect setup.

“My sister said, ‘what if you didn’t throw the bouquet, but you passed it to Jessica, and Adam was waiting behind, down on one knee?” Nakrayko told the Huffington Post. “And we just lost it.”

After repeatedly assuring Brake that a proposal at her wedding was really what she wanted, Nakrayko succeeded in convincing him to get on board.

“When he thought about it, he knew she would be so shocked and so happy beyond words,” she told People.

The day of the April wedding finally arrived, and the ceremony and reception went off without a hitch. When it came time for the bouquet toss, the new bride was almost as excited as she was before saying, “I do.”

The only people who knew what was about to happen were Brake, Nakrayko and the wedding photographer — who was standing at the ready to capture the moment, according to the Huffington Post.

“So then we had the song change from ‘Man I Feel Like A Woman’ to Bruno Mars’ ‘Marry Me,’” Nakrayko told the Post. “I starting walking to Jessica, and there was a moment where we locked eyes, and as I went to pass her the bouquet, she started hysterically sobbing, saying ‘no, are you serious?’”

Kieley turned around to find Brake on one knee, ready to pop the question.

Photographer Ross Dance photographed the surprise and ensuing proposal, and posted about the experience on Instagram.

“One of the most beautiful and unselfish things I’ve ever witnessed shooting weddings,” he wrote.

The June 6 post, which includes an image of the second before Kieley turned around for the proposal, quickly went viral. As of Thursday morning, it had garnered more than 5,100 likes.

Nakrayko said she has no regrets, and that she couldn’t imagine a more perfect ending to her big day.

“My best friend was starting her love story — I didn’t even think about that being me giving up my day. I have love and I want people close to me to have that love too,” Nakrayko told the Huffington Post. “I don’t think that people need to be greedy about love.”

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wedding day trend

It won't be for everyone!

We imagine that the morning of your wedding must be a very exciting time but of course, nerves can kick in too.

It seems Miranda Kerr had the perfect antidote to any last-minute stress in the hours before she married her new husband, Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel.

Chatting to Gwyneth Paltrow at a panel discussion for Goop, Gwyneth's lifestyle brand, the model explained how she decided to do some yoga the morning of her wedding.

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Mindfulness or madness? You decide.

According to People, Miranda said:

“Our wedding was just so joyful. We started the day, did yoga, then our families came over and we literally had this celebration in our backyard. It was incredible. It was so magical".

The mother of one also spoke about the type of yoga she's currently trying, Kundalini yoga, also known as Laya yoga.

Kundalini, 'the yoga of awareness' involves breath, exercise, chanting and meditation to help relax and heal your body, mind and spirit.

Miranda's a big advocate of this specific type of yoga too, saying:

"It energetically invigorates me. Without that, I don’t know that I’d be able to do everything that I do".

It sounds like it definitely worked for Miranda but we're not sure this is an activity everyone would want to practice the morning of their nuptials...

You can read more about the May 27th "small intimate wedding" here which included a rustic chic theme.

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Joy Anna Duggar

The wedding of Joy-Anna Duggar to her husband, Austin Forsyth, will be featured on the Duggar family's reality TV series, "Counting On," in a special on TLC Monday.

"I don't even know all of how it feels to be husband and wife — so far it's incredible," Joy-Anna told TLC after the wedding. "Saying our vows and saying 'I do' and committing our lives to each other is so incredible. I'm so blessed to be married to him."

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The young couple shared their nuptials in a private ceremony on May 26 in Arkansas. "I'm just looking forward to getting to share my life — it's good times and its challenges — with my best friend," Forsyth said about Joy-Anna.

The bride's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, also shared their excitement for the newlyweds.

"As parents, we could not be more grateful for the godly woman Joy has become, and the loving husband she married!" Jim Bob and Michelle wrote in a blog post on the family's website.

Forsyth was a longtime family friend of the Duggar's before he proposed to Joy-Anna in March. He took the Duggar sister horseback riding and then got down on one knee to pop the question. According to In Touch magazine, the two originally set their wedding date for Oct. 28 but they couldn't wait to tie the knot.

Their May wedding date surfaced after Duggar Family News revealed they were planning to move the wedding date up by five months.

The Forsyths are now talking about adding to the Duggar clan by starting a family of their own.

"We love kids and we're excited to have a family. We're just going to see what the Lord does. We want as many as the Lord thinks we can handle and we are putting it into his hands," the couple told People magazine.

The wedding special will air at 9 p.m. ET June 12 on the TLC network. Click here to see the wedding photos.

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Wedding Tips

WITH ALL the stress that comes with a wedding, it can be easy to put your beauty regime in the lead --up to the big day at the bottom of the list.

However, even with tensions running high, getting to grips with your beauty regime should be a priority as soon as the planning begins. Whether it’s taming your skin or perfecting your make-up, every part counts.

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So, with the wedding season now in full swing, Chantelle Kimberley has all the tips you need to create the perfect blushing bride look.

1. Sometimes, sticking to what you know is best

The first rule that applies is to not drift too far from the norm. It is best to go with what you know, to avoid anything too drastic that you may come to regret when looking back at your wedding album.

2. Stay in control

If you would consider yourself a bit of a pro when it comes to applying your own make-up, then appointing yourself chief make-up artist will be easy to do. However, if you don’t know where to start, make sure you visit plenty of bridal shows and consult plenty of social media, such as Instagram, for make-up inspiration and trials to help steer you in the right direction. This will give you a good idea of what you want well ahead of the wedding.

3. Don’t forget about your hair

Just like make-up, it’s best to do a few trials first to see what styles suit your face best, and what works best with your dress.

4. Look after your skin

Find a brand of skincare that agrees with your skin in the run up to your wedding, if you don’t have one already. Cleansing, toning and moisturising are the basic steps to picture-perfect skin. Doing this twice daily will keep acne at bay. Introducing monthly facials will also improve skins tone and texture – however, avoid having one for the first time too close to the wedding, as facials can bring out the skin’s impurities before you notice an improvement. Exfoliating and using a mask once a week will also get rid of any dead skin cells to give you an all-over glow.

5. Detox

Detoxing not only improves the outside appearance, but works within, getting rid of the body’s impurities. Things such as green tea are good for flushing the system of waste products, while ginger tea and baobab are is also excellent for boosting the immune system and will ensure you’re in tip-top shape for the big day.

6. Hands and feet

Perfectly manicured nails are a must! Most brides opt for neutral colours – something subtle as not to distract from the wedding gown or the rock on her finger. A simple French manicure is a good option, both on hands and feet, after a soothing manicure or pedicure (or both!) to get rid of any hard skin or unsightly overgrown cuticles. Gel is also an option which is getting ever-more popular as it does not chip, so it can be one less thing to worry about.

7. Nail your smile

You will be taking endless pictures on the day, so it’s important you work on your smile. Every girl wants to look amazing on her big day, so pearly whites are a must-have. You don’t have to spend a lot of money – some home kits work just as well.

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Wedding Dresses

Move over, heavy layers of ruffle, tulle, and organza—we're loving ethereal wedding dresses right now. As a ball gown favorite, you may have held the crown for quite a while now, but this season, designers have been working with a lighter hand.

From Theia to Marchesa, their craftwork creates a more subtle effect, but one that is equally as striking. Soft layers, airy movement, and cascading tiers produce a delicate touch that promises to glide down the aisle with a dreamy grace. Such artfully designed gossamer fabrics create an ethereal feel made of a bride's wildest dreams; but now, they're a reality.

Light fabrics are no longer just for the sexy dress—take a look at these beauties below.

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Simplicity takes over in this loose A-line, Style BL18109 in Monique Lhuillier's Bliss collection. A sheer bodice with nude underlining and a deep V bring a dash of sexiness to the fairy-tale feel of the skirt. We love this one for a woodland wedding.

The cascading chiffon overlay in Ines Di Santo's Maci ripples like water down the aisle. A natural waist and angular ruffles accentuate the fluidity of the skirt, while gentle floral embroidery gracing its center mirrors the lace of the V-neck bodice.

The feminine touch of Sabrina Dahan is unmistakable in her Liliane gown. Floral adornments, one of the season's hottest trends, trail down wispy clouds of tulle while a gauzy wrap overlay across the bodice channels the magical vibe of the skirt.

Move over, heavy layers of ruffle, tulle, and organza—we're loving ethereal wedding dresses right now. As a ball gown favorite, you may have held the crown for quite a while now, but this season, designers have been working with a lighter hand.

From Theia to Marchesa, their craftwork creates a more subtle effect, but one that is equally as striking. Soft layers, airy movement, and cascading tiers produce a delicate touch that promises to glide down the aisle with a dreamy grace. Such artfully designed gossamer fabrics create an ethereal feel made of a bride's wildest dreams; but now, they're a reality.

Light fabrics are no longer just for the sexy dress—take a look at these beauties below.

Simplicity takes over in this loose A-line, Style BL18109 in Monique Lhuillier's Bliss collection. A sheer bodice with nude underlining and a deep V bring a dash of sexiness to the fairy-tale feel of the skirt. We love this one for a woodland wedding.

The cascading chiffon overlay in Ines Di Santo's Maci ripples like water down the aisle. A natural waist and angular ruffles accentuate the fluidity of the skirt, while gentle floral embroidery gracing its center mirrors the lace of the V-neck bodice.

The feminine touch of Sabrina Dahan is unmistakable in her Liliane gown. Floral adornments, one of the season's hottest trends, trail down wispy clouds of tulle while a gauzy wrap overlay across the bodice channels the magical vibe of the skirt.

Francesca Miranda's Juliette A-line takes romance for a bohemian spin with a lace bodice, silk organza skirt featuring hand-embroidered floral appliqués and tiered stitching, and matching long sleeves.

A bodice and three-quarter sleeves of illusion lace in Anne Barge's Ava yields a tender touch to a godet skirt full of movement. Dreamy and waiflike, this effortless number is rich in the decadence of minimalism.

A modest lace bodice and ribbon detailing makes Theia's Soley gown more than sweet. Stacked layers of floaty tulle in different lengths bring a subtly playful, modern feel while keeping the look lighter than it already is.

With lace trim, cold shoulders, flared sleeves, pleats, and asymmetrical lace design, this Marchesa Notte confection is all about saccharine details. Its breezy silhouette and delicate design takes on old-world romance.

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Wedding Shoot

A D.C. woman took the definition of newlywed photos to a whole new level (or perhaps sea level is more fitting) and the photos are absolutely stunning.

Nicole Hardesty, 30, has only been married a week and some change, but the newlywed couldn't wait to get her feet wet -- literally.


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"I've been a competitive swimmer all my life. I love being in the water. Every chance I get, I do underwater photo shoots," Hardesty explained with a smile.

In the photos, Hardesty can be seen gracefully posing in a beautiful, white gown at the bottom of the pool bearing resemblance to a mermaid.

"I wanted the photos to have a serene look... look like a mermaid," she elaborated.

Truth be told, the newlywed imagined the photo shoot being a little bluer.

"This was really my compromise. I wanted to originally do it in my blue wedding dress," Hardesty clarified.

However, her grandmother and mother "were not having it." Which makes complete sense considering the fact that her 90-year-old grandmother spent four weeks making the dress for her special day.

So instead she used her reception gown for the special occasion. Hardesty's brother, who also just so happens to be a strong swimmer, snapped the pictures while she ever so elegantly posed in the water.

Hardesty said it was a lot harder than she imagined, but what's a 45-second to one minute struggle under water to a mermaid at heart.

As for her prince charming, he was not physically in the picture but he stayed alongside the pool throughout the shoot for moral support.

"It would've been cute if he could've done it, but he's not as strong in the water," Hardesty said.

Either way the memories will swim on forever.

She plans to have it cleaned professionally and donated to Forever Angels of Virginia, an organization that creates infant gowns for babies who pass away from a miscarriage, stillbirth or death.

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Wedding Cost

Despite the rise of high-street bridal collections and the fact that more than half of married Brits regret spending so much on their wedding, it seems that couples in the UK are still willing to splurge when it comes to saying “I do.”

But, with the national average cost of a wedding hitting an all time high at £27,000 – and more than £38,000 in London – it might come as no surprise that more and more young couples are applying for wedding loans.

From venue hire and food, to the bride’s dress and a lavish afterparty, nowadays it’s seemingly normal to blow your budget on one day.

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But, we’re not talking about a few thousand pounds here because according to price comparison website MoneySuperMarket, of the 50,000 Brits that have applied for a wedding loan so far this year, one in ten have requested to borrow more than £20,000.

The data, which analysed requests on loans between January and March this and last year, reveals that Brits have collectively asked for £460 million to fund their big day.

While the average amount requested sat at £8,497 – just short of the funds for a deposit on the average home – a small number of couples set their sights on an extravagant day.

Shockingly, the data revealed a 53 per cent increase in £30,000 plus wedding loan applications compared to last year.

Wedding planner and event organiser Katrina Otter says that the trend for this type of extreme bridal borrowing is likely to be fuelled by celebrity weddings.

“As details of the much-anticipated Middleton-Spencer wedding start to emerge, I’ve seen a real surge in interest from my brides.

“I even have one bride who has a florist on hold as she suspects the florist has some involvement in the Middleton-Spencer wedding.”

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bridezilla stories

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of being included in a family or friend’s wedding party then you’ll know that hings can get intense very fast.

One minute you’re all sitting around with champagne toasting the extravagant engagement and the next minute you’re trying to convince a hysterical bride that the ribbon on every wedding favour is the same shade of rose red.

And it turns out you’re not alone as people from all over the internet have come together to reveal their worst bridezilla stories ever.

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In a Reddit thread posted by an anonymous user, the woman said a close friend was getting married and had become “extremely irritating”.

“I am the victim of her wrath,” the post read, before asking other commenters if they’d ever had run-ins with brides-to-be.

One woman said things got so nasty that the bride actually slapped her in the mouth during the reception.

“ She had this massive, billowing explosion of organza as a skirt,” the woman started.

“It was beautiful but utterly impractically designed: it took at least three of us to hold up her skirt so she could pee.

“She had been drinking on an empty stomach and on the second trip to the rest room with all of us holding this dress up while she hovered drunkenly over a toilet she couldn't see, she ordered me to wipe her.”

The woman of course declined and then out of nowhere the bride slapped her while screaming that their friendship was over if she didn’t do this for her.

“She tried to apologize years later, but seemed surprised when I was not interested in rekindling our friendship,” she said.

Another bride, who very religious, had an extremely strict rule when it came to her guest list.

“She told my friend last week that she doesn't want anyone at her wedding who was born out of wedlock. Which includes my friend, who is the daughter of a teen mom,” the commenter said.

Another woman said her sister-in-law told her bridesmaids to gain 5-10kg to make “her look better in comparison”.

“I just can't understand that,” she wrote.

Another person said she was asked to be in her childhood friend’s wedding party and she decided to accept because she was “really laud back and fun” – but oh how wrong she was.

“The bridal party was twenty people- ten bridesmaids, ten groomsmen,” she started.

“We were basically the unpaid wedding staff; although over half of the bridesmaids and groomsmen sat around flirting instead of working.

“The remaining eight of us set up, and completely decorated the venue for a 200 guest wedding.

“The bride and her super controlling mother followed us around, correcting absolutely everything we did.”

It turns out the bride didn’t want to pay the venue staff to decorate the place and instead spent the money of six wedding dresses for the day.

“Yes, throughout the course of the very long wedding ceremony/reception, the bride changed into all six,” she said.

“No, it wasn't a cultural thing. They were six, nearly identical, very expensive white satin dresses. I guarantee you, most people hardly noticed that she changed six times.”

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Chic in blue

Dubbed the UK’s covert 'Brexit Ambassador', it was only fitting that the Duchess of Cambridge should turn to a home-grown designer for her day visit to Luxembourg today, ensuring that she subliminally represented the UK in every way possible.

Debuting a new, sky blue coat dress by Emilia Wickstead - the Britain-based, New Zealand-born, designer who has shown on the London Fashion Week schedule since 2008 - Kate arrived in the city on Thursday lunchtime to begin a day full of events, starting with a visit to the Musze d'Art Moderne art gallery, accompanied by Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.

The Duchess of Cambridge in Luxembourg today

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Today’s wrap coat is a bespoke piece, riffing on the colour palette used for the designer’s upcoming autumn collection, and offers a simple fit-and-flare silhouette that flatters the Duchess’s waist.

She teamed the coat with her staple L.K. Bennett court shoes, a classic beige clutch bag and a matching new pair of £3,500 blue topaz and diamond earrings by Kiki McDonough.

The outfit was the Duchess's latest well-pitched choice following her Paris trip in March, when she embraced her host nation’s labels and wore a classic Chanel boucle dress. Wickstead has become a firm favourite in the Duchess’s fashion repertoire, thanks to her elegant yet modern crepe dresses and specialty dress coats - a core piece in Kate’s wardrobe for day events. Kate has previously worn her designs to several of the Queen’s garden parties, acknowledging the designer’s forte in producing perfect spring occasionwear options.

The designer’s name is also a popular punt for those trying to guess who will design the Duchess’s sister, Pippa Middleton’s, wedding dresslater this month, and coincidentally, she has just launched her first bridal collection as an expansion to her ready-to-wear offering.

“They are made to be worn and then looked at 35 years down the line and still make you think ‘That was beautiful,’" Wickstead told us of her design principles.

"I think sometimes [tradition and classic style has] been a little bit lost in today’s world of bridal so it was important to me to bring this old world back with this collection and to keep ticking that box.”

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Met Gala Gowns

What happens to Met Gala dresses after the pomp, circumstance, and those best and worst dressed lists? While many of the pieces go back to the designers' archives — many are one-of-a-kind couture, after all — but according to Katie Holmes, some of those dresses are awaiting a pretty sweet fate. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Holmes says that she's actually had the honor of keeping a few of her Met Gala looks and that she's keeping them safe for her daughter, Siri.

"I have a few of [my Met Gala dresses for Suri]," Holmes told Entertainment Tonight. "And a lot of them have gone back to the museums where they were."

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It looks like 11-year-old Siri has plenty to look forward to when she decides to slip into her mom's spectacular wardrobe. This year, Holmes accompanied designer Zac Posen and wore an intricately ruffled off-the-shoulder gown with a flowing fit-and-flare hem.

"This was the only one I tried on. I love this dress because of the care that is taken into create something like this," Holmes said of the dress. "Every ruffle is its own pattern, and there's so much thought and detail in it. It's really an honor to wear it."

Holmes wore a Posen gown last year, too. Though it was a little less voluminous, the look included heavy beading and a delicate floral pattern at the hem. And in a sort of fashion hat trick, Holmes also wore Zac Posen to the 2015 Met Gala. The actor didn't explain which gowns she saved for her daughter (she's worn Marchesa and Calvin Klein creations to the event, as well), but it looks like little Siri could have plenty of options to choose from when starts hitting the red carpet circuit.

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Kim Kardashian

#Kim Kardashian, 36, disappointed her followers with the dress she wore at #Met Gala as it was extremely simple. Fashion critics say the dress is more suited for a sunset on the beach than for an event as important as the MET Gala. The gown was designed by Vivienne Westwood, 76, a British artist who stands out for creating avant-garde design dresses, much better than the one she made for the socialite. Kim's dress, white and tight, had nothing to do with the amazing style to which the reality superstar has accustomed us.

Many began to wonder why the celebrity used a style so different to the one she usually flaunts and many believe it is due to the changes that Kim applied in her personal life.

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Kim's life changed a lot after she suffered a violent robbery in Paris last year. From that moment, she began to give more importance to family and less to material goods. The white dress reflects the simplicity Kim prefers for her life these days. In fact, she didn't wear jewelry this important MET Gala event. In a recent interview she gave at the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the reality superstar confessed that she is now less materialistic than before, "thanks" to the robbery she suffered in France. Although she thinks it is right to want to have certain material goods and to work hard for them, she no longer believes that is the most important thing in life..

What happened to Kanye West?

For the first time, Kim attended the MET Gala alone and everyone wanted to know why her husband, #Kanye West, 39, was absent at such an important party. The truth is that the music mogul stayed at home, taking care of their children North, 3, and Saint, 1. The decision was taken by him as he wanted to spend more time with them. In addition, the rapper wants to avoid situations of high exposure as they are not good for his mental health. In November of last year, West suffered a temporary psychotic outbreak due to stress and sleep deprivation.

The doctors recommended he work less and rest more. West is a workaholic man, so it was impossible for him to follow that advice. He continued to create music and design clothing for Adidas. In addition, he added a new activity to his daily life: he is designing jewels for Jacob & Co. The collection consists of twelve pieces of rings and necklaces. Kim is his greatest inspiration when it comes to creating jewelry. The socialite is proud of him and loves all his creations.

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Day dress believer

Prince sang “sometimes it snows in April”, and last week it did — a year to the day of the purple one’s passing — promptly propelling style plates into a state of intense discombobulation.

Immediately questions were raised. Do bare legs still look good when they turn a deathly shade of blue? Is a winter puffer worn with a pair of Birkenstocks and a (fresh new) pedi a crime against fashion or an inspired survival mechanism? One blast of cold weather and we — a collective of smart, weather-worn women who arguably should have known better than to assume that one lowly swallow (ie that balmy weekend before Easter) had made it summer — were in a state of disarray.


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The result was a delay on the great annual retail phenomenon unofficially known as “the dress dash” and a halt on a two-week spell of hot retail activity during which our favourite high-street hangouts sell more floaty spring frocks than at any other time of year.

Thankfully, with temperatures back on the climb and May Day now behind us, normal service can resume. In essence, spring has sprung and this time there’s no going back.

For the high street, which lay in wait while spring endured its own identity crisis last week, the onset of the season spells interesting times ahead. Notably because the day dress, in all its brave, bold, feminine glory, is finally back en vogue. Having suffered at the hands of mid-season separates — see sawn-off jeans, ankle-length cigarette pants, oversized striped shirts and an unrelenting appetite for athleisure — the day dress had fallen out of favour with some of the capital’s snappiest dressers.

Its demise, in part thanks to the fact that women battling with 21st-century sexism were unconvinced that a yellow floral print tea dress was appropriate attire in which to embark on a personal protest, has since been flipped on its head with more and more of us coming around to the idea that femininity in its most typical and clichéd state can be just as empowering as any of Hillary Clinton’s trouser suits.

At her show in Milan in February, Miuccia Prada was convinced by precisely this idea, citing the notion of seduction and its place in a feminist society as the starting point for her autumn/winter showcase, due in stores later this year.

Ever the trailblazer, Prada’s latest take on feminist attire bypassed the pussy power beanies and slogan sweaters that have become synonymous with our collective crusade this year and instead focused on soft touches. Her vision — classic feminine shapes and textures juxtaposed with contemporary details and awkward edgy twists — was Prada’s way of exploring the idea of an overtly feminist aesthetic as a negative tool.

“My question is about feminism and this idea that it’s stupid to be seductive,” said the Italian designer after her show. In an instant, with a vision of Prada’s scarlet mohair cocktail gown hanging heavy in their minds, the women of the fashion world fell back in love with a breed of femininity that is entirely unapologetic.

A high street that’s awash with dresses to be worn to work, eat and live in is the result of this, with more and more of us returning to the one-piece as a viable everyday dressing solution. The dress’s image overhaul is, of course, assisted by its practically. In a day and age when none of us seems to have any spare time, an item that takes 60 seconds or less to get on and out of the door makes a whole lot of sense. If you want to make your spring as straightforward as possible, invest in as many as possible.

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Backyard Weddings

Zereniti House only opened its gates two years ago after intensive work by Jazzani Minae and his mother Susan to perform an ‘extreme make-over’ of the family’s five-acre piece of land in Red Hill, not far from Limuru.

“We renovated and extended the stone house, adding four new apartments, an extra floor, and enlarging the kitchen,” says Jazzani who returned home from USA specifically to assist his mother to rehab the house and beautify the land.

“We also did lots of landscape gardening,” adds Zereniti’s creative director as we cruise up an elegant tree-lined Mazera stone driveway.

On our way to the house (once the headquarters of a 1,000 acre colonial farm called ‘Updown’) we pass what Jazzani calls the ‘frangipani garden’ since that ground has a huge frangipani tree on it, surrounded by land covered in ultra-green Zimbabwe grass.

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On the other side of the driveway is the ‘jacaranda garden’, which is a site Jazzani says is popular for many kinds of parties, from cocktail receptions to music concerts.

“We decided to curtail the concerts somewhat since the neighbours weren’t happy with the noise,” says Jazzani who oversees virtually every detail and department of Zereniti.

The jacaranda garden has become an especially popular site for weddings. The tree provides cooling shade and it also has a cultural appeal.

“The Jacaranda tree itself is one of oldest [and grandest] of its kind in Kenya,” says Jazzani who’s cobbles the ground around the tree with more Mazera stone.

“Newly-weds often spend their weekends with us since we also have [elegant] self-contained apartments,” he says.

“I’ve been busy every weekend with weddings since last October up through Valentine’s Day.”

The drought hadn’t been kind to the trees at Zereniti.

But Jazzani, like most Kenyan farmers, is grateful for the rains that finally came late last week.

At the same time, he and his mother (who’s a retired agricultural economist formerly with the Food and Agriculture Organisation) planted plenty of succulents on the far side of the house which can withstand drought.

Conceal septic tank

Pointing to a whole cluster of cacti, he says the family thought long and hard about what to do after constructing larger sanitation facilities (to accommodate the new apartments).

They wanted to gracefully conceal the old septic tank.

This they did by planning and planting the so-called ‘Rock Garden’ which they filled with more colourful plants interspersed with smooth rocks. They also added succulents on one side of the rocks.

On the other side is the new sanitation facility which is also surrounded with exotic and indigenous plants. They ensure that instead of being an eye-sore, the sun-kissed flowers will serve as another attraction of Zereniti.

Achieve serenity

All of those multicoloured clusters are at the top of a gentle stone-paved slope leading past the ‘Herb Garden’ and down to the spacious car park which is lined with tall pine trees.

“One set of previous owners were Swedes who planted the long line of pines leading down to the tree nursery,” says Jazzani, adding that the carpark can comfortable hold up 80 vehicles.

The nursery is meant to ensure Zereniti can consistently enhance the greenery on the grounds.

“We envisage Zereniti being a kind of quiet retreat where people can come relax and be creative. We called the place Zereniti because we thought of Zen as one way of achieving serenity, and that’s what we’d like for people to feel when they come to stay here,” he said.

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Activists campaigning to get Lebanon to abolish an old law that allows rapists to escape punishment for their crimes as long as they marry the survivor have staged a powerful protest on Beirut’s Corniche.

Thirty-one wedding dresses representing each day of the month in which women could be subject to further abuse by attackers who marry them were strung up on the Lebanese capital’s famous seafront to draw attention to Article 522 of the law addressing rape, assault and forced marriage.

Swaying in the breeze between the palms, they looked like corpses. Abaad – a Lebanese charity focused on women’s rights and helping domestic abuse survivors – staged a similar protest last December, in which women wearing wedding dresses and bandages splattered with red paint demonstrated outside parliament.

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Article 522 is a statute from the 1940s. Under current laws rape is punishable by up to seven years in prison. The penalty for raping a minor or someone with mental or physical disabilities is higher – but the article under scrutiny creates a loophole that allows criminal prosecution to be suspended if the two people involved get married.

Lebanon’s diverse Christian and Muslim political representatives were somewhat energised by the election of a president in November 2016 after a more than two-year-long paralysis, which meant legislation could not be passed.

In February, a parliamentary committee voted to scrap Article 522, and activists remain hopeful representatives will abolish it in an upcoming vote on 15 May.

Lebanon’s newly-appointed Minister for Women’s Affairs, Jean Oghassabian, was present at the protest. He described the current law as “stone age”.

Similar marriage clauses are present in the law regarding sexual consent in many modern Muslim states. They are usually hangovers from interpretations of sharia, or religious law.

In recent years, such loopholes have come under under intensified scrutiny, with protests aimed at getting the law changed in several countries across the Middle East – although Turkey abandoned attempts last year to pass a law that would have allowed men who had sex with underage children to be pardoned if they married the victim after the proposed legislation caused outrage both within the country and internationally.

Morocco, Egypt and Ethiopia have closed similar legislative loopholes in the last few years, and changes to the law are pending in Jordan and Bahrain.

Rape and sexual abuse affect nearly one billion women and girls over their lifetimes, UN data says.

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Wedding gone wrong?

When Dan Gerecht bought a wedding insurance policy for his daughter Yvonne’s big day last year, he did it because the event was scheduled during hurricane season and he was worried that weather might force them to cancel.

But it turned out the Gerechts needed the policy for a different reason: The venue, the Winery at Elk Manor in North East, Maryland, shut down just two months before Yvonne’s 2016 Labor Day wedding, Gerecht says. They found themselves scrambling for a new location — and out the $30,000 Gerecht had already paid to Elk Manor.

Vendors who can’t fulfill contracts are the most common cause of wedding insurance claims. Here’s how insurance can help.

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Wedding disaster No. 1: Vendor fails

Vendor issues, like the venue going out of business, make up 30% of wedding insurance claim dollars — the largest share — paid by Travelers Insurance. Wedding insurance policies will often reimburse you if you have to book a last-minute vendor or reschedule the wedding if a vendor backs out.

Gerecht says he was tipped off that something was awry when the caterer emailed and told him the venue hadn’t paid as promised. Fortunately, the $355 policy he’d bought from Travelers covered the venue closing.

Wedding insurance “is such a small cost compared to what you could lose if something goes wrong,” says Anne Chertoff, wedding trends expert at WeddingWire.

The Gerechts were lucky; they found another venue for the same day. “Some families sued [the venue], but thankfully we didn’t have to” because we had wedding insurance, Gerecht says.

Wedding disaster No. 2: Someone gets injured

Weddings are fun. Often they’re so much fun that someone gets hurt. If there’s an injury at your wedding, you could be held liable — and that’s what wedding liability insurance is for. Wedding liability insurance is typically a separate policy from cancellation insurance, though they can be purchased in a bundle.

“As you might expect, we do see many injuries that occur on the dance floor,” says Steve Lauro, vice president at Aon Affinity, parent company of WedSafe, a seller of wedding insurance. Among claims to WedSafe, 28% are for injuries or accidents that occur at weddings.

In some cases, you could also be held liable if someone drinks too much and causes an accident. Liquor liability coverage may be sold as add-on coverage for wedding liability policies or included at no charge.

Wedding disaster No. 3: Extreme weather

When you’re booking the venue months beforehand, you cross your fingers and hope for good weather. Of wedding claims to Travelers, 16% of dollars paid out are due to extreme weather.

Coverage typically doesn’t include a rain shower or a blustery day that might ruin your party’s updos, because the wedding can still go on. But if there’s a tornado, hurricane or other destructive weather that prevents guests or vendors from arriving, a cancellation policy pays for costs to reschedule.

Wedding disaster No. 4: Medical emergency in the family

If someone close to you gets sick or injured right before your wedding, the last thing you want to worry about is the money lost canceling or rescheduling the event.

If the bride, groom, their parents or someone in the wedding party is sick or injured shortly before the wedding and can’t make it, cancellation policies typically cover the costs to reschedule. These represented about 6% of wedding cancellation claims to WedSafe in 2016, Lauro says.

Wedding disaster No. 5: Lost or ruined attire

Attire represents just 2% of wedding claim dollars paid by Travelers. However, tuxes and gowns are such an important part of weddings that they are commonly included in wedding cancellation policies.

Avoiding vendor issues

Chertoff recommends getting references from recent weddings that vendor has done and asking the references what their experiences were like.

Lauro recommends that you get all agreements in writing, read contracts thoroughly and check vendors on the Better Business Bureau.

Gerecht says the wedding insurance policy “was a great investment.” And he’s already purchased another one: He has another daughter getting married this year.

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Beyond Grace Kelly

Today, April 19, 2017, would have been Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco’s 61st anniversary of their religious wedding ceremony. Their nuptials were, of course, the wedding of the 20th century, and photographs of Kelly still inspire brides today. But despite their iconic union, the royal family of Monacohas had more than a few stunning weddings. Princess Grace’s older daughter, Caroline, showcased quintessential 1970s style at her first wedding to Philippe Junot. When Prince Albert II, then-heir apparent to the Monaco throne, marriednow-Princess Charlene after a whirlwind romance, the world watched captivated. Charlene, who wore a structured Armani Privé custom gown for the occasion, memorably exited the ceremony on Prince Albert’s arm, the couple swathed in a swirl of petals.

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Even more recently, a third generation of Monaco royals have begun to say “I do.” In 2013, Princess Caroline’s son Andrea Casiraghi married Tatiana Santo Domingo in a civil ceremony. She wore a bohemian Missoni frock for the occasion. Caroline’s younger son, Pierre Casiraghi, married Beatrice Borromeo in 2015. The bride donned a series of ensembles—from an Armani Privé Grecian number for the religious ceremony to a blush Valentino gown for the civil ceremony—for her multiple wedding celebrations. Recently, the couple welcomed their first baby. Yet another generation, already in the works.

Above, a look back at royal Monaco weddings over the years.

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Wedding wows in the Bay Area

The late Malti Divecha or 'Malu' as she was affectionately called, was one of Cumballa Hill's celebrated grande dames, a lady known for her good taste and style, and sense of independence, and her passing not too long ago had depleted the city further. This week, word comes in, that her granddaughter Mia, the daughter of her only son Arjun Divecha, a renowned emerging market public investor on the West Coast, was married in a beautiful ceremony in San Francisco to her long-time beau and fellow Stanford alumnus, Nima Ahmadi. "The wedding was three days long. Very beautiful and elegant," says Ash Lilani, the swashbuckling Frisco-based investor, whose portfolio includes such winners in urban India as PayTM, Snapdeal and Sula. He says he was honoured when the couple asked him to officiate at their ceremony.

"Nima is brilliant. Persian background. By age of 26, he had a Bachelors and Masters from Stanford, and an MBA, and has already started two companies. He moved to Minnesota to be with Mia while she wraps up her PhD in Minneapolis. She has a year or so to go and they plan to move back to the Bay Area when she is done," says Lilani, even as the festivities were ongoing. And then he added, "We are still dancing." And we could almost hear the music on the other side of the globe!

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The nation wants to know

A friend who visited the headquarters of Arnab Goswami's new TV channel at Lower Parel this week, swears that its newsroom is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

"I don't think there's anything like it today across the world," he raved. "Designed by his wife Samyabrata Ray Goswami and Charu Thakur, the channel's chief executive producer, it's completely integrated and state of the art."

And how about Goswami, we enquired about the country's most famous media personality, has he changed in any way? Has the weight of running a business dimmed his spirit or dampened his fire? "Not in the least bit," said the man. "The only difference if there is any is that he seems to have grown his hair longer," he said. "But I guess by the time he launches in a month or so, the scissors will be out."

The knives too, we wanted to add, but by then the friend had bounced away.

Love is in the air

Congratulations are in order for the dashing Gaurav Assomull, who got engaged to his girlfriend Garima Chawla last week. Gaurav's brother Vikram posted a picture of the lovely couple on social media congratulating them. "Welcome to the family Garima! Wishing you guys lots of love and happiness for the new chapter in your lives."

Incidentally, Gaurav was previously married to Kajal Fabiani in what had been one of the biggest destination weddings in recent times in Monte Carlo in 2011, and where rapper Akon had performed. We wish the young couple well.

The Padma chef

We almost didn't recognise the person receiving the Padma Shri honour from Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India, in this picture, but were informed that it was none other than popular chef and TV personality, Sanjeev Kapoor, who showed up to receive the honour in an altogether more fetching trimmer avatar sporting a designer stubble.

Chef Kapoor, who has hosted various TV shows, runs numerous successful restaurants, and also launched a food channel, was awarded the country's fourth highest civilian award for his contribution to the food industry over the years. Many of his colleagues came out in support on social media. "Proud moment for all of us!" posted popular TV chef Ranveer Brar. "Love that he wore the chef's coat while receiving it," commented restaurateur and head of the National Restaurant Association of India, Riyaaz Amlani. "Today is a victory of every Indian kitchen. A celebration of India's greatest soft-power," said Chef Vikas Khanna. And other foodies too joined in.

"Padma Shri for the "maestro" chef. Never before ever given to his tribe. First ever. Congratulations!" wrote Rishi Kapoor. Nice to see the genuine support and affection shared by the food sector!

Seven-star enlightenment

Thanks to our job we have been blessed with the opportunity of meeting a slew of modern day savants and saints, motorcycling maniacs, God men, bankers turned Buddhas, and advocates of the now. We have benefitted immensely from this cosmic nibble at the great spiritual buffet on offer, but amongst them, none has struck us as being as well-heeled as the beatific spiritual leader from the South, who appears to be the cruise liner amidst the tug boats.

A few years ago, we chanced upon the gilt lined plans for an upcoming workshop in Europe designed for the sage's more loaded followers, which read like the itinerary of a top business tycoon's, involving Spa retreats, ski slopes, luxe inns and such like. The price tag had left us flabbergasted we recall. Now, sources say that the same master's flock are in talks with an international cruise liner to charter one of their larger vessels for a workshop on board over a week or so, most likely sailing through Europe! And of course, through all of this, the Great Master will expound on life's great mysteries. Except of course the most obvious one: why does Nirvana mostly come with a price?

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Amber Portwood

She’s ready to walk down the aisle! Well, kind of. Amber Portwood tries on wedding dresses in a new preview for the season 7 premiere of Teen Mom OG, but also suggests that she has doubts about her relationship with fiancé Matt Baier. Check it out in the clip above.

In the sneak peek, Portwood, 26 — who postponed her October 2016 wedding to Baier after she found out he had flirted with her costar Farrah Abraham — checks out a potential venue (a Las Vegas chapel!) for her rescheduled nuptials. “I wanna get married here,” Baier tells Portwood, to which the Never Too Late author hesitantly replies, “I’m so scared!”

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Cut to Portwood shopping for bridal gowns. When she slips into a long-sleeved, lacy number with a flowing train, the 16 and Pregnant alum can’t wait to take it off. “All right, I’m ready to get out of this,” Portwood — who shares daughter Leah, 8, with ex-fiancé Gary Shirley — tells a sales associate. “Get me out of this.”

In another scene, the Forever Haute founder seems unsure about her future with Baier. “You can love each other and wanna be with each other for the rest of your life,” she tells a producer, “and still not trust each other.”

The clip, which MTV released on Thursday, April 13, comes nearly two months after Portwood took to social media to shut down rumors that she and Baier secretly got hitched in Sin City. The speculation began when Baier shared an Instagram post on February 16 of a sign that read, “Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married!” He captioned it, “Off to Vegas in the morning. Everyone have a nice weekend!”

The couple fueled the fire when they both shared snaps from their vacation. Portwood posted a selfie of the duo hitting the town, writing, “In Vegas with my babe.” And Baier put up a pic of himself shopping for a tuxedo at Creative Bridal Wear Las Vegas and appeared to be wearing a wedding band on his left hand.

Despite all the hints, the MTV starlet offered clarification via Twitter on February 19. “Hi loves from Vegas again!! No we didn’t get married however we went to a wedding always sending love,” she wrote alongside a photo of herself and Baier decked out in formal gear.

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A dress to die for? Marlene Dietrich would have literally gone to great lengths just for the show.

In a recently resurfaced 1958 correspondence to costume designer Jean Louis, Dietrich reveals herself as quite a fashion tech pioneer: “…My main reason is the effect. We have to find a way to have the dress glow,” she demanded.

A meticulous show orchestrator, Dietrich caused stirs when she first stepped out in her Fifties Las Vegas cabarets in a seemingly “naked dress” — the very one that would inspire Marilyn Monroe’s for John F. Kennedy’s birthday in 1962.

Marlene Dietrich’s vision of the glowing naked dress produced by ElektroCouture.

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But Dietrich wanted more than just the illusion of nakedness: “Marlene wanted a fashion tech dress. But she was ahead of her time and the technical means couldn’t meet her vision. In the letters, she describes the exact design and displays very precise knowledge of electricity circuits and batteries. She wanted a dress that glows, she wanted to be able to control it herself from the stage and she knew she could have died of an electric stroke had it ever been realized,” said Lisa Lang, founder and chief executive director of ElektroCouture, a fashion tech start-up with a growing roster of international fashion clients.

On the 25th anniversary of her death, the company produced her vision of the glowing naked dress for French-German broadcaster Arte’s documentary “Das letzte Kleid der Marlene Dietrich” (“The Last Dress of Marlene Dietrich”), airing on May 7. Based on sketches of Jean Louis and Dietrich’s descriptions, the design by ElektroCouture’s designer-in-residence Anja Dragan features 3-D-printed flower embroidery and glowing crystals with LEDs made in collaboration with Swarovski. An additional capsule collection of glowing accessories and looks inspired by Marlene Dietrich will be launched by ElektroCouture in late spring.

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