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What is the origin of a "Train" on a wedding gown and what does it symbolize? Zeke?

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  1. Spiritoso on Feb 07, 2011

    I don’t know what the origin of the train is but I found these web sites:

    http://www.renaissancemagazine.com/backissues/wedcustom.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_dress

    The term "bridal gown" originates from the word al which means party combined with bride is Bridal i.e. "Bride’s Party Gown". In the Middle Ages wedding parties were simply called Bride-als. A bridal train is the part of the wedding dress that trails behind the bride, the term is derived from similar train worn by Kings & Queens, which themselves are derived from seeing a Peacock, which were used as royal birds.

    From that excerpt from wikipedia, I’m assuming the train was symbolic of the Peacock which emulates royalty. Remember Princess Diana’s wedding? I hope this helps.

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  2. Chang M on Feb 07, 2011

    A long time ago, materials for making wedding dresses were expensive, and as a sign of displaying their wealth, noble women would put in as much materials as she could afford into her dress. The wedding train later symbolizes a long and healthy life of the bride.

    The "traditional" wedding garb as we know it today first appeared in the late eighteenth century. With the introduction of machine made fabrics and cheap muslins imported from India, and styles inspired by the classical world, by 1800 the white dress with a veil was definitely the one to wear. As usual with fashion, it began in London, spread to other cities and towns and eventually to country areas. Princess Charlotte gave it royal approval at her marriage to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg in 1816.In 1840 Queen Victoria chose white silk and Honiton lace for her own wedding, and made it the virtual rule.The Queen was the first royal bride to have bridesmaids to carry her train too, which also set a fashion.

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  3. keels500 on Feb 07, 2011

    Trains were a symbol of your stature in society. The longer the train, the higher up in stature you were.

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