Would You Wear a Camouflage Wedding Dress?

Indian designers Shantanu and Nikhil debut a camouflage wedding dress. (Photo: Instagram/shantanunikhil)

Camouflage has been embraced as a trend taken from the military into the realm of street style, even making its way onto runways in recent years. But how would you feel seeing the inspired print going down the wedding aisle?

A gown by Indian designers Shantanu and Nikhil being debuted at Vogue’s Wedding Show on Aug. 6 is just that. Inspired by the label’s upcoming collection #TheRegiment, the couture bridal gown came from a vision of “contrasting grandeur and minimalism,” which has seemingly been achieved. Through the design of multiple dresses, both traditional and military-inspired, the designers are having “trend” and “anti-trend” go head to head. However, both looks are strikingly gorgeous.


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The forest-green gown pulls from the same inspiration as the designers’ A/W ’17 collection, which celebrates unity and camaraderie in the form of militaristic looks. Although the dress may be the first of its kind during the fifth edition of the exhibition, it’s certainly not the first of camouflage couture.


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New York Fashion Week in 2010 celebrated the wide range of militaristic trends on the runway, an expansion of designs previously debuted. David Wolfe, the creative director for the Doneger Group, a New York trend-forecasting company, told the New York Times at the time that he thought camouflage in the streets had reached its saturation point. But when it hit the runway, that sparked a resurgence.

Now military trends are seen throughout fashion, including through camouflage couture. In April, Bella Hadid stepped out in a baggy camouflage jumpsuit with a newsboy hat and Dr. Marten boots, tying together the military theme.


Following her lead, Madonna teamed up with designer Jeremy Scott to create a military-inspired ensemble for the 2017 Met Gala.

Madonna’s camouflage gown at the Met Gala. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valentino has been greatly inspired by the trend, bringing camouflage into couture fashion as well as athleisure.

Valentino camouflage suede-and-leather sneakers, $795. (Photo: Selfridges&Co.)

Other high-end brands, like Pam & Gela, are contributing to the look as well.

Pam & Gela button-up dress, $245. (Photo: Revolve)

 

Pam & Gela camo strappy jumpsuit, $295. (Photo: Revolve)

Camouflage wedding gowns might not quite be making their way down the aisle at the next summer nuptials you attend. But it’s safe to say that the military trend is here to stay.

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