Fashion Dictionary: Antebellum Dresses - What Does Antebellum Mean?
What is an Antebellum Waistline?
The antebellum waistline features a bodice that dips two to three inches below the natural waist, meeting at a point in the middle of the front of the wedding gown. (See also: Basque Waistline) For all wedding dress waistline styles, see: Waistline
Bridal Gown Style Allure 8762 shows us a beautiful example of the Antebellum waistline:
Benefits of the Antebellum Waistline:
An antebellum waistline elongates the body, creating a flattering silhouette for almost all brides, but especially petite brides & curvy brides. Additionally, this waistline style creates proportion for those with fuller bust areas. The antebellum waistline is also known as a V-Shaped, or Basque waistline.
The Antebellum Waistline:
- Elongates the frame
- This makes the style a great waistline choice for petite brides who wish to wear a ball gown wedding dress.
- Creates balance & proportion for curvy brides
Antebellum Waist Wedding Dresses
Several designer wedding dresses feature an antebellum waistline, most of which also feature a fitted bodice and a full skirt, which is typical of wedding dresses with antebellum waistlines.