Brides once used to wear their hair flowing down their back at their wedding to symbolise their virginity. Veils covering the hair and face became a symbolic reference to the virginity of the bride thereafter. Often in modern weddings, the ceremony of removing a face veil after the wedding to present the groom with a virgin bride is skipped, since many couples have already entered into conjugal relations prior to their wedding day – the bride either wears no face veil, or it is lifted before the ceremony begins, but this is not always the case.
The tradition of a veiled bride’s face continues even today wherein, a virgin bride, especially in Christian or Jewish culture, enters the marriage ritual with a veiled face and head, and remains fully veiled, both head and face, until the ceremony concludes. After the full conclusion of the wedding ceremony, either the bride’s father lifts the veil giving the bride to the groom who then kisses her, or the new groom lifts her face veil in order to kiss her, which symbolizes the groom’s right to enter into conjugal relations with his bride.
From weddings to funerals, lady-like veils have forever been a symbol of status and respect. Whether minimalist or intricately detailed, these dynamic pieces are a bold accent when added to any outfit. From edgy editorial spreads to embellished and ethereal pop stars, veiled looks are a surefire way to get noticed for your fashion flair. A fashion-forward interpretation of a vintage accessory, these vibrant veil features prove that the lace-clad style is making a definite comeback.
Showcasing femininity and an undeniable fashion flair, veils are taking over the fashion world, presented on global runways and on the pages of the world’s leading fashion bibles.