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Ribbons, Sashes, and Bows: Bows in Back

Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2004

During the ceremony, a bride's back is the center of visual attention, so this view will captivate. The blue taffeta sash and bow of Reem Acra's satin ball gown are embellished with Swarovski crystals, as is the bodice. Gloves by Carolina Amato.

Ribbons, hand-dyed in tea leaves, drift down the back of an A-line organza gown by Bonaparte-NY. Its delicacy recalls the fragile beauty of vintage lingerie. Citrine necklace by Robin Woodard; hair comb by Erin Cole Design.

Carolina Herrera's strapless duchesse-satin gown elegantly blends the romantic with the modern. The blush-pink silk taffeta sash that cascades down the back guarantees a grand exit.

Comments (11)

  • Charmaine007 14 Jun, 2009

    I agree with comments I think the girl on the first picture is too thin

  • WillowKat 8 Apr, 2009

    I like the 3rd idea but I agree with previous posters, the model in the first one is wayyyyy to skinny...

  • tish_a 7 Apr, 2009

    she is too, too thin.

  • mogarcia 7 Apr, 2009

    The model is too skinny, bad taste in picture.

  • egrantva 7 Apr, 2009

    At first glance, this bride's back is definitely NOT the center of visual attention. This view will NOT captivate. Once one gets past the shock of the emaciated sight, one can't help but notice the wrinkles and a bow that is much too large and out-of-proportion for such a tiny bride. Last, but not least, it is fact that most brides believe they must starve themselves for months before their wedding day. This picture only serves to enforce the wrong message! Yikes!

  • nikki22 7 Apr, 2009

    I was so distracted looking at her rib cage, I didn't even see the bow. Poor taste by Marthan to put that picture on her web.....definitely dissapointing.

  • moodaliyar 7 Apr, 2009

    The dress with blue bow looks like its draped on a starving refugee. It's sick!

  • BarbaraHuberPearson 7 Apr, 2009

    oh my gosh, I saw the picture and wondered how anyone could use that with her bones sticking out like that. We are sending a bad message, I told myself to leave a comment and I see I'm not the only one who thinks so. Come on Martha and Company!

  • Uccle 7 Apr, 2009

    Lovely dresses but very frightening bones holding them together.
    Martha you really should go out to stop models having to starve themselves to be able to do their job: if they were dogs we would do something: please Martha start now :)

  • Jule627 7 Apr, 2009

    You are so right.

  • LisaMonique 7 Apr, 2009

    The bow is beautiful, but the model is too thin - frightenly so. You can see every rib, poor girl.