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Empire Line Bodice

Empire Line


The Empire Line isn't officially a bodice, in fact it describes one of the two most poular tops for Wedding dresses.


The Empire Line is basically a very high waistline. The seam which defines the Empire Line lies just under the bust. The bust area is normally very fitted and expert seamstresses can include additional padding to really maximise cleavage. The rest of the dress flows down in a single piece from this seam. See our section on skirts for ideas for the lower part of this dress.


Princess Line


As with the Empire Line, the Princess Line isn't a bodice - instead it is the name given to one of the most popular tops for a Wedding dress.


In a ‘Princess Line’ gown the material flows from top to bottom without horizontal joins - darts at the bust provide shape and support. Material can be used over the base dress to give definition and highlight certain areas (a crumb catcher effect around the bust or rouching at the waist for example), however it is the initial cut of the dress that makes it a ‘Princess Line’.


The Princess Line can be used with A-line and Column profiles but it wouldn’t work with a ballgown profile as it couldn’t provide the required definition at the bodice to get the ‘big’ skirt look.



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