Dresses That Sparkle

Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2001

A glittering gown will remind you of falling in love -- the shine in your beloved's eyes or the wink of your engagement ring as it slid onto your finger. These dresses will make you radiant on your wedding day.

The swirling curves and stars of a crystal hair piece add sophisticated glamour to the ensemble; the Austrian crystal teardrop and silver earrings glint like stars.

Below, a one-of-a-kind tulle dress is gracefully embroidered with flowers and crystals. Asymmetrical draping at the right shoulder adds interest to the slender net sheath. As the gown floats gently to the floor, the decoration grows more concentrated. A slight sweep train completes the shapely silhouette.

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A silk chiffon underlay provides a soft, ivory backdrop for Chantilly lace, enhanced with sequins, crystals, glass beads, and pearls. The sheath-style dress is slightly fitted through the waist and ends in a short sweep train. The cap sleeves are silk tulle.

Below, beneath a diamond-white tulle shoulder veil, the neckline of this silk charmeuse gown drops to a dramatic V, which is repeated on the back. Both gown and veil are dappled with carefully hand-placed crystals. A fitted seam under the bust softly structures the flowing gown.

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The cathedral train of the Empire-waist dress comes to life in a breeze. The front and back of the bodice are delicately hand beaded with freshwater pearls and tiny crystals.

Below, the generous train is playfully pulled up to make an impromptu veil. A silvery metallic thread runs throughout the champagne-colored Chantilly lace, giving the dress a spectacular shine.

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Shimmering crystals cascade like tears of joy down the back of this elegant gown, each crystal set into the pattern of the Chantilly-lace overlay. Multiple layers lend volume and movement to the candlelight-colored dress. Beaded by hand, the straps alone took six days to complete.

Below, a slim, square-neck bodice of silk faille opens into a skirt of pleated Chantilly lace. Both are richly adorned with beaded applique of baroque and baby pearls, glass beads, and crystals. The dress is finished with a row of silk-covered buttons.

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This organza dress is made for dancing. Scattered across the sweeping neckline are pearls, sequins, and crystals that grow more clustered toward the waist. An eight-strand choker of Austrian crystals is an inspired finishing touch.

Below, an illusion pleating at the hem gives a V-neck satin dress an airy quality. A double-strap satin shoe peeks out from beneath the frothy layers of tulle. The edges of the sleeves and hem are embellished with beaded embroidery and oblong pearl drops. The chapel train is embroidered as well.

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