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Antebellum Waistline

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.

Casablanca Bridal Gown 1802 features a full skirt and fitted bodice, serving as another great example of Antebellum ball gowns:
Casablanca Bridal Gown 1802
Casablanca Bridal Gown 1802

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