The western allure of the traditional white wedding dress goes back as early as the late 1800s, popularised by several notable royal marriages (including the likes of Queen Victoria) that elevated the concept of a wedding ceremony from a domestic union to that of an affluent celebration of romance. Wedding dresses became symbolic, not only as we ascribed meaning to their hue, emblematic of purity and new beginnings, but also in that they became more than just a garment, elevated to the status of an heirloom: sacred and in need of preservation.
For our March Resilience issue's inaugural RUSSH Love supplement, model Abigayl Anderson, lensed by Mia Rankin, and styled by Charlotte Agnew, shows us how the humble white dress can be as ceremonial as it is transformative.
Left: JORDAN DALAH top; CHRISTIE NICOLE BRIDAL veil. Right: GIVENCHY top; LOEWE skirt; GUCCI gloves; BULGARI bracelet.
Left: PREA JAMES BRIDAL dress; GUCCI gloves; BURBERRY earrings; BULGARI necklace and bracelet; ŞENER BESIM bracelet. Right: LOUIS VUITTON top and pants; CHRISTIE NICOLE BRIDAL veil; ŞENER BESIM earrings; BULGARI necklace, bracelet and ring; CHANEL bracelet; CARTIER rings.
Left: LOEWE shirt; BURBERRY shirt (worn underneath); CHRISTIAN DIOR skirt; GIVENCHY shoes; ŞENER BESIM earrings. Right: GRACE LOVES LACE dress and veil; LOUIS VUITTON shoes; VERSACE gloves; CHANEL earrings and bracelets.
Left: BURBERRY shirt; GIVENCHY shorts; BULGARI earrings, necklace, bracelet and rings; CARTIER rings; ŞENER BESIM rings. Right: JORDAN DALAH top; SAINT LAURENT shirt; OUSE dress (worn as skirt); FENDI belt; GUCCI gloves; CHRISTIAN DIOR earrings; PHOEBE CUTLER earrings (worn on top); CHANEL bracelets.
Left: JORDAN DALAH top; FENDI skirt; CHRISTIE NICOLE BRIDAL veil. Right: CHRISTIE NICOLE BRIDAL dress; GUCCI gloves; BULGARI necklace and ring.
To experience the RUSSH Love supplement in its entirety, the March edition of RUSSH, titled Resilience, is available now on newsstands and through our shop online. Find a stockist near you.