What’s a bride with ombré hair to wear on her wedding day? Well, white certainly wouldn’t do. So a young California bride customized a colorful gown for her nuptials earlier this summer.
Popular on Reddit, 24-year-old artist Taylor Ann said that she airbrushed her gown to get a multilayered effect after experimenting with the dyeing process for a while. She began with a secondhand gown that was too big, had it altered and then went to town with her spray paint.
“I love soooo many colors, I wanted to incorporate as many as I could,” she told WeddingColors.net of her wedding’s palette. “My idea was to do a sunset but in the woods, so yellow for the sun, orange, red, purple all the way into navy blue for the night sky. Then we accented with white to keep it weddingish.”
Dip-dyed and ombre wedding gowns have been a trend for quite a few years now. In 2002, Gwen Stefani’s rock star pink gown made headlines. In 2012, Anne Hathaway’s custom Valentino gown was a more understated blush that looked like a trick of lighting in some photos. The multicolored gowns that hit full swing on the runway by 2013 were actually a retro move — after all, most brides didn’t wear white at all until Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840.
Though traditional favorites like Vera Wang and Reem Acra have been offering more of those subtle blush gowns, others are getting bolder. Christian Siriano’s Spring 2017 collection includes a pink ombré that might give viewers a sudden craving for strawberry sherbet.
Of course, couture isn’t the most practical option for most brides, and it once again goes against the ultimate goal of “personalization,” which so many couples these days are looking for. The Internet is littered with instructions for DIY dip-dyeing, but unless you’re experienced with dyeing fabric — or have a few spare gowns lying around — this seems like a very risky endeavor. It is, however, a great idea for sprucing up a secondhand gown, as Taylor Ann herself was doing.
The less crafty can instead send their gowns to professionals, such as Alteria, who know how to treat different fabrics to get just the right color without destroying delicate lace or silk.
Then you have to decide if you want to go through with Step 2: Dyeing your hair to match!