Quinceanera and Sweet Sixteen Dresses
The Hispanic tradition of a 15-year-old girl transitioning from childhood to womanhood is celebrated in fabulous party style as the young woman basks in her role of quinceanera for the day. The merging of Hispanic and American traditions also sees a celebration marking the advent of turning Sweet 16. The occasion demands that only the most spectacular dresses for quinceanera be considered for this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Traditionally the special day is marked with a religious Mass followed by an exuberant reception that celebrates the joy and festive vivaciousness of the day. The choice of the dress is all important, allowing the young woman to showcase her personality and individual style in grand fashion. Madame Bridal introduces an enviable collection of the finest quinceanera dresses from a range of the most popular design houses, including House of Wu, Mori Lee (Morilee) and Mary's Bridal. These sumptuous dresses capture the imagination, fulfilling a young girlís fantasies of looking breathtakingly beautiful for this ritual occasion.
Vestidos de quinceañera, or quinceañera dresses, were traditionally fashioned in pink, but contemporary styles embrace every color in the spectrum, ranging from the softest pastels to the boldest of hues. This year, the most popular are purple quinceanera dresses.
Quinceañera dresses are often paired with a tiara, adding to the glamour of a girl's appearance. Other traditions that are still practiced and enjoyed on this momentous day, include the last doll, the changing of the shoes and the first waltz. Everyone dresses to the nines in fantastic finery, yet the ornate opulence of the quinceanera gown ensures the celebration is never overshadowed. Many of them are completed with a matching bolero or stole, adding an extra element to the glory of the gown.
The style of a quinceanera dress is unmistakable. A form fitting bodice with a basque waist and often a lace-up back gives way to the fullest of skirts, often layered and volumized with an underlying crinoline. The full A-line skirt may finish in a floor-length hemline or cascade into a sweep or chapel train. Some gowns are designed with removable trains or with removable ball gown skirts that reveal a short fitted skirt for when the dancing really livens up. Many of the strapless, corset bodices display exposed boning and it is a given that all styles of bodices are adorned with the most stunning embellishments. Full skirts may be gathered, tiered or ruffled, and are guaranteed to stand out and make a lasting impression.
Mori Lee Dresses
Morilee has created the Vizcaya quinceanera dresses collection, designed by Madeline Gardner, in a vibrant palette of colors, including the popular purple. Gardner believes that her Mori Lee quinceanera dresses are more than just gowns, but a symbol of the transformation to young womanhood. Gardner balances the full ball gown skirts with womanly sweetheart bodices, corsets and halter tops. Each of the gowns is styled in tulle or organza, with some flaunting satin bodices. There are strapless, sleeveless and off-the-shoulder bodices, and some with cap sleeves or beaded spaghetti straps. Bodices are strikingly embellished with beaded lace, pearls, gemstones and crystal beading. Crystal moonstone beading competes for attention with beaded latticework and beaded appliques.
In addition to strapless sweetheart necklines, these gowns feature illusion jewel, scoop, halter and V-necklines. Strapless gowns showcases semi-open lace-up backs and illusion necklines lead into illusion cutout panels above lace-up closures. The ball gown skirts are dreamy and romantic, accented with scattered sequins and ruffled rosettes. They cascade in ruffles or feature sequin trimmed flounces. There are tiered skirts and skirts styled in two-tone fabrics. Matching boleros and stoles are a signature addition to the Vizcaya collection, with features complementing the finest aspects. Vizcaya promises the quinceanera she shall go to the ball in inimitable style, portraying elegant grace as she wins hearts.
The House of Wu
The House of Wu has created two stunning collections to sweep a girl off her feet: The House of Wu Quinceanera Collection and the stunning Fiesta collection. This design house focuses on timeless elegance in chic modern designs. In addition to traditional ballgowns the House of Wu introduces two-piece dresses with the same silhouette, featuring fitted crop tops paired with sumptuously full skirts.
The House of Wu quinceanera dresses are created in the finest of fabrics including satin and organza, iridescent chiffon and iridescent satin, and sparkle tulle. There are strapless corset bodices with exposed boning, sweetheart necklines and lace-up backs, alongside bodices with illusion necklines. Bodices are embellished with intricate beading that extends into basque waistlines. Other gorgeous adornments include embroidered appliques, metallic embroidery and beaded metallic embroidered appliques. The adornments sparkle and catch the light, creating eye catching features that are most alluring. Ball gown skirts are accented with scattered beads and rhinestones, casting shimmer on the dance floor. The dreamy skirts stand out with satin edged ruffles, horsehair trimmed ruffles and cascading ruffles with wire edges. Ruffled rosettes add a romantic touch and multi-tiered skirts are perfect for swirling. The collection includes open front overlay skirts accented with pickups. The gowns flow into trains for an extra touch of glamour.
Two-piece dresses are also included in the Fiesta collection, offering the contemporary woman the chance to reveal her midriff. Fiesta gowns are fashioned in tulle, sparkling tulle and organza. Embellishments include intricate beading, iridescent rhinestones and replica pearls. Skirts swirl sensationally with accents of scattered sequins and two-tone ruffles, while wire edged ruffles look simply ravishing. The House of Wu has a way with ruffles and the ballgown silhouettes appear to cascade in an endless flurry. The colors used are rich and bold, soft and sweet, and the placement of two or three shades in one ball gown skirt is truly magnificent.
Mary's Bridal is the proud recipient of the DEBI award for the best quinceanera design and introduces four separate, stunning collections: Princess, Alta Couture and Beloving ball gowns. Each dress is a testament to excellent quality, with every bead hand sewn. Their dresses showcase many styles ranging from strapless bodices to bodices framed with long illusion sleeves. The use of beading is refined, whether it is a fully beaded corset bodice or strategically placed beads to accentuate a neck or waistline. They are also used to draw attention to the center of the bodice.
Semi-open back bodices feature lace-up closures and there are also full illusion backs and backs showcasing illusion cutouts above lace-up closures. The Alta Couture collection is noted for grandiose ball gown silhouettes with impossibly romantic ruffles and exquisitely embellished bodices. The Princess collection is designed to make the young woman feel like a modern princess as she loses herself in the luxuriant feel of the dress and the delightful style. Beloving will make her feel beloved. The collection focuses primarily on full gathered silhouettes, many featuring dazzling beaded appliques.
Mary's Bridals fabulous quinceanera ball gowns, styled in soft shades of white, ivory, champagne and pink, is equally suited for the a bride, offering unique touches such as scalloped lace hemlines, bow belted waistlines, and plunging sweetheart necklines. The delicate colors are evocative of the more traditional dresses and can also tempt the bride. Compared to some of the more vibrant collections, these traditional ball gowns are more delicate and appeal to those of a discreet or tranquil nature. Their collection offers a more sophisticated look that is redolent with timeless elegance.
Matching boleros feature heavily in the Mary's Bridal collections, offering a cover up for bare shoulders. They allow the designers to further showcase exquisite features as miniature replicas of those so intrinsic to the gown, mirroring a ruffled skirt with a ruffled bolero accent or duplicating a touch of scattered sequins on a sheer bolero.
This singular celebration calls for a festive ball gown that offers the young woman a chance to showcase her magnificence in the most luxuriant, sumptuous style. Our website collection of tempting, teasing and tantalizing dresses will assure the young lady of her place in the spotlight, fulfilling her dreams of being a princess for the day.