A-line: skirt shape that starts fitted at the hip and widens down to the hemline in somewhat of a triangle or bell shape. There can also be a narrow A-line, which means the shape of the skirt is not as full as the traditional A-line.
American or tradition bustle: the train of the gown is lifted up and attached to the outside of the back skirt of the gown by hooks or buttons. Also called an “over bustle.”
Applique: embellishment piece that is sewn onto the gown fabric – may be lace, embroidery, beading on netting, etc.
Bustle: gathering of the gown train to adjust to floor-length so the bride can walk, dance, etc.
Column: skirt shape that is straight as opposed to an A-line.
Chiffon: silk or synthetic fabric that is translucent, light-weight and flowing. It drapes very softly.
Drop Waist: the waist of the gown is dropped from 2 to 5 inches below the natural waist.
Dupioni: a woven silk fabric with a nubby surface similar to shantung but often woven from two different colors creating a shimmer.
Fit and Flare: shirt shape that is closely fitted to body all the way to the hip and then flares out. This skirt shape is among the most popular with Brides because they can show their shape and still dance all night with being constricted.
French Bustle: the train of the gown is gathered under or inverted. The bustle is held in place by hooks, ties or buttons underneath the skirt of the gown.
Neckline: reference to the shape or cut of the top of the gown. More brides choose a strapless neckline with either a straight or sweetheart cut, which resembles the shape of a heart. Necklines may also be shaped as vees, scoops, or modification of any of the above.
Princess Seam Gown: gown without a vertical waist seam but with horizontal seams that start at each armpit and continue down the front of the gown providing a gentle fit to the body.
Scoop: gown with straps or sleeves and a neckline which is u-shaped.
Shantung: a synthetic or silk woven fabric with a nubby surface due to the use of woven slubbed silk yarns.
Sheath: gown fitted to the body and with a straight skirt.
Silk: fabric made from natural fibers produced by silkworms. Brides may choose silk satin or polyester satin, silk charmeuse or polyester charmeuse, silk organza or silk organza to name a few.
Square Neck: gown with the straps or sleeves set into the gown at a ninety degree angle thereby creating a three-sided square-shaped neckline.
Sweetheart: gown with a neckline that dips in the center creating a shape similar to the top of a heart.
Trumpet: gown shape that is closely fitted to the body down to the knee and then flares to the hem.
Tulle: sheer netting used for veils and overskirts. Tulle made be made of illusion, silk, or English netting.