A black veil for your wedding?

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BLACK veil from the Rustan’s line

BUSINESSMAN Johnny Valdes escorts VirgieMoreno to the stage to receive the bouquet on her brother Pitoy Moreno’s behalf. Onstage, PDI president and CEO Sandy Romualdez
congratulates Ben Farrales.

At Inquirer Lifestyle’s “Face-Off 2012,” Rustan’s made a bold presentation on the runway with the dramatic unveiling of stunning black Spanish bridal mantilla, made of exquisite hand-embroidered lace.

Historically, black veils were the preference of royalty, since colored dyes, especially black, were hard to acquire. Royalty would show their wealth through the use of special dyes. It was only in the 19th century, after Queen Victoria’s marriage to Albert of Saxe-Coburg, that wearing white became the vogue; she donned an immaculate white satin and lace dress. Soon, brides followed the Queen’s rebellious preference; it became almost unusual to see brides sporting black.

Through the years, we have seen the veil’s evolution, from the extravagant veils of the ’40s adorned with jewels and crystals, to the  ’60s “flower child” look and the ’90s era, when veils were fastened with tiaras and jeweled combs.

DESIGNER Ben Farrales with INQUIRER chair Marixi Prieto

Luxurious black veils may be a more chic option these days. A black veil creates a beautiful contrast against an ethereal white or ivory wedding gown. Check out these beautiful bridal masterpieces at Rustan’s, which carries Spanish veils from prestigious brands like Volart, makers of the finest lace since 1857.  Rustan’s has a wide selection of traditional bridal veils to choose from.

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