Ruching Wedding Dress

Ruching describes a design feature on a wedding dress where fabric is gathered together or creatively pleated on two parallel sides to create attractive, rippling lines of gathering.

Ruching can be used in many different way on a wedding dress; at the back to create detail where the bodice meets the skirt; in the middle or side at the front of a skirt to create volume and drama; on the bodice itself to flatter the figure; or on smaller embellishments such as belts and sashes.

This creative method of pleating can create a really beautiful and flattering design at the bottom of the back to enhance natural curves, particularly on more fitted styles of wedding dress, such as fit-n-flare, mermaid and sheath gowns. Maggie Sottero’s bang on trend ‘Cora’ fit-n-flare wedding gown with bateau neckline achieves just that, where delicate ruching on the rear is met by a lace-covered scoop back.

Ruching can also work hard to flatter the torso when used on the bodice, such as Essence of Australia’s figure-flattering ruched pleating on this slimming dropped waist wedding gown.

Ruching is also used in smaller details, such as a belt, to cinch in the waist with a soft finish, exemplified on the rouched satin belt of Millie May Bridal’s full sequin lace over satin A-line gown. Combined with a v-neck and back to give vertical impression to the dress and a fluid extended train, this dress is giving us all the feels when it comes to flattering the figure.

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