Horsehair Added to Wedding Gowns
When you think of horse hair added to a wedding dress structure and design you are probable thinking that is hair that was taken from a real horse. However, horse hair is simply the addition of a braided fabric that is included in the hem line of the dress for the intention of adding body and structure to the dress.
This material may be added to the dress in different areas on the dress such as the waist, the hemline or as a part of the accents, such as bows. Depending on the designer and the type of dress that is created, the placement of the horse hair will vary in volume and location.
If horse hair is added to the waistline of the dress, it can create a flexible but firm material which offers additional support to the frame of the dress. It may also be used for a sash at the waistline that is smooth to the touch yet firm to support the waist area.
Beautiful bows that will retain their shape and form may be created with the use of horse hair. The addition of this material will allow for more volume and stability in the decorative pieces than if it was not used. Wedding dresses are meant to be supportive and heavy enough to hold their design shape; that is why so much care and extra attention to detail goes into their creation.
Tara Keely has used horse hair as an addition to some of the dresses that are a part of her spring 2012 dress collection in order to create elegant and accented dresses. Some of her dresses include designs such as lace bodices, sweetheart necklines that are strapless, ribbons at the waist and A-line skirts.
Some of the hemlines are horse hair accented or trimmed along the chapel train.