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A once beloved but then forgotten bridal accessory is starting to recapture its popularity in the industry . After the worldwide debut of Kate Middleton’s infamous wedding gown, covered shoulders in bridal fashion has taken hold. Hence the resurgence of the bridal capes or caplette. Traditional bridal capes, common in the mid-to-late 20th century, were designed with medieval influences. The garments were typically long satin or silk material that loosely draped around the brides body and tied at the neck. But today, designers are transforming the traditional cape into a sophisticated accessory.
Bridal designers such as Jenny Packham, Rivini, Paloma Blanca, Alvina Valenta and Ines di Santo are just a few who are showcasing capes. The designers are putting a modern spin on the traditional wedding cape by using sheer and lace fabrics that are tailored to closely hug the body. It allows brides to get the inspired Kate Middleton look, even if she is wearing a strapless dress. The modern bridal cape is not limited to only floor-length, but also comes in short and mid-length as well. In addition, capes are not only restricted to winter and fall weddings. Short sheer bridal capes are perfect for outdoor garden and vineyard ceremonies and Church weddings where a little more coverage is desirable.
Many Ottawa boutiques such as White Satin, Baroness and The White Dress are carrying these designers and they can order them in. Otherwise you can customize your cape at The White Dress or other couture boutiques such as Janine Adamyck and McCaffrey’s. According to the shop owners we spoke with, while Europe has been showcasing capes for sometime, they have not seen a demand for these in the recent past, but they were present at The New York Bridal Market and we just may see them in the near future.