Vintage wedding dresses are going to be one of the most popular looks on brides in the year 2009, but the retro bride won’t look very authentic without the right accessories. And what she needs is a birdcage veil to complete the look.
Birdcage veils are tiny veils that descend from a small pillbox hat or pinned to the hair and end short of the chin. The material they are made out of goes by several names – sometimes they are called Russian tulle or Russian netting, other stores call them the English net or the Madonna veiling. This style of netting dates back all the way to the early 19th century when European hatmakers used it to embellish women’s hats. The netting’s distinct diamond pattern became popular up until the 1950′s and 1960′s; during this period of the 20th century, Russian netting was primarily used for wedding veils.
Birdcage veils are making a comeback, and its popularity today is largely due to Hollywood trendsetters. Katherine Heigl wore one during her wedding in 2007, and the birdcage veil has also been spotted in two movies: Jessica Alba’s character walked down the aisle wearing a birdcage veil in the movie Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and so did Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama. I predict that birdcage veils are going to be the next big wedding trend, even for brides who don’t necessarily want to look retro. Not only do they have a quiet sophistication about them; birdcage veils can also be to match your wedding dress or your wedding jewelry.