WEDDING TREND ALERT: Bridal pleats

10 May 2022

Growing in popularity among brides-to-be, pleats are an emerging wedding trend that shows no signs of slowing down

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From wedding dresses with pleated skirts, to veils in pleated varieties, pleats continue apace as a popular design feature in bridalwear. 

Grace Colquhoun of Grace Lane London created a bespoke pleated gown for bride Sophie Langford-Archer, who got married in a civil ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall Registry Office in London. 

Grace says: "Modern and magical, Sophie wanted something a little different for her registry office wedding. Together we designed this silk organza pleated bodice and skirt co-ordinate featuring playful and contemporary tailoring. I worked with Ciment Pleating in North London, who have been established since 1925 and hand-pleat every order using traditional setting techniques.

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Above: Photography by Elena Popa, Hair by Fluff Hackney, Dress by Grace Lane London

Commenting on the rising trend for bridal pleats, Grace continues: "From tiny micro pleats to sculptural sunrays, the pleat trend is making its way into bridal and becoming a firm favourite with my clients.

"I can't talk about pleating without mentioning Japanese designer Issey Miyake, who created his infamous 'Pleats Please' collection in 1994 and inspired fashion designers forevermore. The trend is major for bridal, appearing in a powerful range of options from flowing skirts to sculptural sleeves."

Considering the trend for your own bridal look? Take a look at some more examples of bridal pleats below.

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Above: Nicole by Grace Philips

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Above: Bernadette by Pronovias

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Above: Reeve by Catherine Deane

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Above: Munro veil by Vagabond Bridal

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