Alternative Bridal Gowns

By Anna Skibinsky
Anna Skibinsky
Anna Skibinsky
August 16, 2010 Updated: August 16, 2010

SERIOUS CHIC: A black wedding dress instead of white can be reused as a ball gown. A model showcases a design by Darb Bridal Couture during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in August 2009, Brisbane, Australia. (Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
SERIOUS CHIC: A black wedding dress instead of white can be reused as a ball gown. A model showcases a design by Darb Bridal Couture during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in August 2009, Brisbane, Australia. (Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
Designers are reinventing the traditional wedding dress, giving brides more options—including the option to wear the gown more than once.
VICTORIAN TWIST: A model displays a wedding dress with silk materials originating from Japanese kimonos, designed by Japanese designer Yuma Koshino in August 2009, Tokyo. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)
VICTORIAN TWIST: A model displays a wedding dress with silk materials originating from Japanese kimonos, designed by Japanese designer Yuma Koshino in August 2009, Tokyo. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)
MULTIPLE USE: Carolina Herrera's elegant take on an alternative wedding dress can double as a summer gown. From the Carolina Herrera Spring 2010 Bridal Collection shown in April 2009, New York City. (Rob Loud/Getty Images)
MULTIPLE USE: Carolina Herrera's elegant take on an alternative wedding dress can double as a summer gown. From the Carolina Herrera Spring 2010 Bridal Collection shown in April 2009, New York City. (Rob Loud/Getty Images)
VERY BERRY: A model presents a colored wedding gown by Spanish designer Jesus del Pozo during the Barcelona Bridal fashion week in May 2008, Barcelona, Spain. (Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images)
VERY BERRY: A model presents a colored wedding gown by Spanish designer Jesus del Pozo during the Barcelona Bridal fashion week in May 2008, Barcelona, Spain. (Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images)