The archived Wisteria wedding dress by Edith Elan photographed in the canyons of Zion Utah.
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Sleeping Beauties: The Wedding Dress Archives

May 10, 2024
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The Wisteria wedding dress by Edith Elan photographed in the canyons of Zion Utah.

This year’s Met fashion exhibit will showcase about 220 archival fashion pieces from the collection that were awakened from their slumber and brought back to life for a moment in time. Some pieces have not seen the light of day since they were created. Some of them are so fragile that they need to be displayed lying down as though they were “sleeping beauties.” However, those aren’t the only “sleeping beauties.”

The archived Heathe wedding dress style by Edith Elan photographed at El Matador State Beach in Malibu California

The Edith Élan “Sleeping Beauties”

Like the Met archives, the Edith Élan dress archives hold many original samples that span the history of the EÉ collections. This includes styles from the debuting 2016 collection! However, unlike the Met archives, our Sleeping Beauties are not too delicate to be worn again. Rather, they are merely Sleeping Beauties in name. The beautiful EÉ archived styles slumber waiting for their moment to be awoken upon request.

Awakening the Sleeping Beauties

One of the benefits of working with an independent bridal designer, like Edith Élan, is that even though these styles are discontinued, they are not gone! If you’re interested in any of these styles, let’s wake them up! In some cases, the original samples may be available for purchase. Or, we can use the original style as a reference to create a custom wedding dress design!


Amaia is a fit-and-flare mikado wedding dress. The attached lace topper bodice features a high bateau neckline and an open keyhole back.


Aurora is a modern ballgown wedding dress with pockets in mikado. The illusion neckline and back are adorned with 3D flowers and crystals.


Bibi is a long-sleeve lace and silk crepe wedding gown with a long train. The low V back is also accented with a gold-tone pendant closure.


Bobbie is a spaghetti strap V-neck wedding dress in crepe. The tulle on the a-line skirt is embroidered with hearts and the word “love.”


Camellia is a strapless mikado wedding dress full of old Hollywood vintage glam. The dress’s column silhouette contrasts with the full fishtail train.


Coco is a silk crepe wedding gown with an a-line skirt. The illusion shoulders have been accented with a beaded silver swirl embroidery.


Dahlia is a two-piece wedding look. The strapless mini-wedding dress sits under a detachable, semi-sheer tulle ballgown skirt.


Gladys is a spaghetti strap mermaid wedding dress in a textured floral jacquard fabric. The front neckline features a vintage-inspired foldover detail.


Hawthorne is a strapless, sweetheart mermaid wedding dress. The layer of silk organza creates the sheer long train and peplum at the waist.


Heathe is a modern crepe wedding gown with a bateau neckline and keyhole back. The skirt hips are embroidered with rows of silver beads.


Iset is a V-neck charmeuse wedding dress with an illusion back. A column of pearl buttons accents the beaded embroidery on the back.


Isolde is an A-line, silk crepe wedding dress with pockets. The bodice features a low V-front, mirroring the straps that come to a V in the back.


Izme is a strapless wedding dress in a textured silver jacquard fabric. The custom embroidery at the waistline is covered in mini pearls and beads.


Karli is a halter ballgown wedding dress with a subtle two-tone effect from the lace and mikado. The lace is also beaded with pearls and crystals.


Larkspur is a midi-length wedding dress in mikado with a sweetheart neckline. The silk gazar organza peplum at the waist cascades over the column skirt.


Leyla is a silk crepe wedding gown with 3/4-length sleeves. The small keyhole on the front mirrors the large illusion keyhole on the back.


Lily is a charmeuse and Swiss dot wedding dress in a faux wrap silhouette. The sheerness of the flutter sleeves mirrors the sheer, illusion back.


Mara is a fit-and-flare wedding dress with a short sleeve lace bodice and mikado skirt. A high neck on the front contrasts with the open keyhole back.


Marina is a strapless, corset mermaid wedding dress. A beaded embroidery embellishes the waist and scallop details embellish the skirt flare.


Milena is a strapless sweetheart, modern ballgown wedding dress with pockets. Lace peeks out from under the scalloped edge details on the neckline.


Mo is an asymmetrical mermaid wedding dress in a textured dot jacquard fabric. The sweetheart neckline features a one-shoulder pearl tulle drape.


Nevé is a strapless mermaid wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and alternating panels of lace and mikado on the bodice.


Nina is a strapless mermaid wedding dress with 3D flower details. A scalloped lace train creates a texture contrast against the smooth silk fabric.


Olesya is a silk crepe wedding gown with 3D flowers on the high neck, long sleeve cuffs, and lace hem. The back features an open keyhole.


Olivia is a lace and silk crepe wedding dress. The longer sleeves and modest V neck contrast with the low V back.


Penelope is a romantic strapless modern ballgown wedding dress with 3D flower accents on the sweetheart neckline and tiered tulle skirt.


Pia is an A-line wedding dress with a long-sleeved silk crepe bodice and silk tulle skirt. The high neck on the front contrasts with the low open back.


Pilar is a strapless mermaid wedding dress with a unique scalloped sweetheart neckline and hand-painted rosettes on the skirt.


Rin by is a dropped-waist, fit-and-flare wedding dress in silk mikado. The bateau bodice is embellished with pearl embroidery all around.


Sage is a short A-line wedding dress in silk gazar organza that adds sheerness to the lace-appliqued bodice.


Shiya is a strapless mermaid wedding dress with voluminous cascading ruffles on the skirt and train.


Tahani is a charmeuse wedding dress with a v-neck bodice. Lace accents create the design on the illusion-back bodice and the hem of the skirt ties.


Taj is a two-tone fit-and-flare wedding dress with a white guipure lace over a blush pink silk crepe. The bodice features a high neck with a low open back.


Tamara is a spaghetti strap silk crepe wedding gown. The scalloped neckline mimics the scallops on the inset lace train.


Whittaker is a fit and flare mikado wedding dress. The bodice has a small keyhole on the front and a larger keyhole on the back framed by lace.


Wisteria is a silk crepe wedding gown with lace accents on the sweetheart neckline. An attached tiered capelet is hemmed with lace on each tier.


Yuri is a charmeuse wedding dress with intricate seams all over. The straps cross to form a low, open X back.


Zafirah is a silk crepe wedding gown with a lace-accented V-neck bodice, a semi-sheer lace back, and a tiered fit-and-flare skirt.

More pictures of these styles are available on the Edith Élan Pinterest page in “The Style Archives” board.

Ready to Say “Yes” to the Dress?

If you are in love with any of these styles, let’s discuss recreating these looks for your wedding day or your bridal boutique as a custom design!

If you’re not ready yet, use the Pin below to save this blog to your Pinterest board for the future. This post will be updated with styles as they enter the archives.

Pinterest Pin graphic for the Sleeping Beauties Wedding Dress Archives blog post by Edith Élan

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