Debutante Gown Embellishments
What is a debutante dress, if not its embellishments? It’s important to select a dress cut that flatters you, but what will really turn your dress from a piece of fabric into a stylish debutante gown is the embellishments.
Most brides don’t want a plain dress and we all want to add our own special touch, which is why dress embellishments but choosing the right embellishment can be tricky because there are so many pretty choices. Regardless of the type or placement of the embellishments you choose, remember that embellishments should draw attention to your best features without overwhelming you or your dress.
If you’re confused over what an embellishment is, read our guide to debutante dress embellishments.
This is simply cut out pieces of fabric, often cut into patterns or shapes such as flowers, ribbons or foliage and then stitched or embroidered onto a gown. They are often raised or textured to add more interest and can be in a contrasting fabric or colour.
Patterns, sections or shapes on the dress that have been created just by thread. Sometimes this is done by hand, but that’s very expensive, other times it is done my machine. It’s a good embellishment if you want to add subtle accents of colour or texture.
Simply all types of beads: glass, crystal, gems or other material, sewn onto lace or fabric. The pattern can be random or structured, such as a line of beads around the neckline. Beading can be across large areas or very delicate and subtle.
Gems are any imitation crystals (usually rhinestones) that are used to ornament tulle fabrics on the dress bodice or veil to visually add “weight” or substance to an otherwise gauzy material. They are usually glued onto the veil in evenly-spaced intervals, but can also be applied in a pattern.
Fringing is ornamental trim consisting of loose strands of thread or beads fastened to a strip of thin fabric that is sewn to the dress. Fringing is a difficult embellishment to pull off. Too much and you can look like a country and western singer; too little and it lacks impact.