Albanian wedding dress avaAlbanian bridal attire looks marvelous! It is so elegant and richly decorated with gold embroidery and lace – a truly regal attire. It’s no wonder modern Albanian brides often use traditional wedding ensembles for their wedding or for a less formal wedding reception or for the 2nd-3rd day of the wedding celebration. Every bride wants to show off her beauty and wealth in this costly and ornate outfit. In this post, we’ll share with you a few late-19th-century wedding ensembles of Albanian brides from museum collections.

In modern Albania, women use both traditional wedding clothing and Western-style white bridal gowns. Both outfits are popular. Very often, Albanian brides dress in white wedding gowns for the official ceremony or/and the religious ceremony. And for the less formal wedding reception, they change into elaborate traditional apparel. Also, women choose a folk dress when meeting with their family members and receiving congratulations on the 2nd or 3rd day after the wedding. Besides, Albanian weddings usually last more than just one day – sometimes, up to a week, so the bride needs a few wedding ensembles for such a long celebration.

If to talk about the traditional wedding attire of Albanian women, it depends on the region of the country a lot. Because every part of Albania has its own clothing traditions and typical folk garments. But most often, the traditional bridal apparel consists of a blouse or chemise (made from light fabric and adorned with lace, embroidery, etc), baggy trousers or skirt (also decorative, with lace inserts and gold-embroidered bottom border), a very ornate short and tight-fitting vest (it serves as a corset and covers the bust, as the blouse underneath is usually semi-transparent), a long sleeveless coat (it is very richly embellished with gold embroidery and various trimmings – possibly the most beautiful item of Albanian folk wedding attire), and a veil (or some other headdress).

The whole complete look of an Albanian bride in the traditional wedding costume is striking, it takes your breath away.

Here are 3 wedding ensembles from Albania. They’re from the late 19th century and are stored at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

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Albanian traditional wedding dress

Albanian traditional wedding dress

 

 

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Albanian traditional wedding dress

Albanian traditional wedding dress

Albanian traditional wedding dress

Albanian traditional wedding dress

Albanian traditional wedding dress

Albanian traditional wedding dress

Albanian traditional wedding dress

Albanian traditional wedding dress

 

 

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Albanian traditional wedding dress

Albanian traditional wedding dress

Albanian traditional wedding dress

Albanian traditional wedding dress

Albanian traditional wedding dress

Albanian traditional wedding dress

Albanian traditional wedding dress

Albanian traditional wedding dress

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