- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
WARNING: This post brought to you by the power of WINE. (and also the Maggie Sottero website, which I’m on right now. And my English Degree, which doesn’t get exercised very much any more.)
Is it me, or do some wedding dresses have unfortunate names? Like, names that really put you off?
Like the Pronovias Bangor. I see Bangor and immediately think of the seaside town in Wales. And also the song “Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went to Bangor” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMNrrLBdhuM). In fact, I find all dresses named after places extremely distracting. I’m on the Maggie Sottero website now – Bristol, Kensington, Aberdeen… I’m not thinking of weddings. With Bristol I’m thinking of Banksy, and also that shop I passed there that had a sign shaped like a sperm. Aberdeen I’m thinking of the awful storms and the seafoam that covered the place that looked like snow.
Or the Pronovias Pergola. A beautiful dress! A stunning dress! But when I see the word pergola I don’t think wedding dress, I think garden structure. This is what I picture.
And then we get onto the ones that as a literature graduate I wonder if they are entirely appropriate as names for wedding dresses (as much as I wonder if they’re appropriate names for girls, given the connotations, even if they are very very pretty names).
Like Maggie Sottero’s ‘Ophelia’. The famous literary Ophelia in Hamlet went mad and drowned herself because her boyfriend was a bit mean to her, and also slightly murdered her father. Not something I’d want associated with my wedding!
Or the Watters ‘Juliet’. She faked her death, which lead her husband to poison himself, so she stabbed herself. Yes yes, eternal love, but was it really? Romeo was I think 17? And pretty fickle, he’d only known Juliet an evening before being madly in love with her – totally forgetting the woman he was besotted with at the start of the play! – and she was supposedly only 13 or so. I don’t think their relationship lasted more than a month (and if it did, it’s because he was banished for most of it) and then they both top themselves. Not exactly the basis for a healthy and longlasting marriage.
Oh man. Maggie Sottero even has a ‘Reagan’ dress. Jeebus. A dress named after a character who faked affection for her father so she could inherit a share of his land, then abused him and drove him mad, whilst her husband plotted with her brother-in-law to take the throne, and I think she even got murdered in an unpleasant way as well. Can’t remember the play so well, but according to the historian Geoffrey of Monmouth, and the real story of King Leir (Shakespeare’s was Lear, historically it was Leir), then Cordelia survived and became Queen, until Regan and Goneril’s sons locked her up and tortured her until she died (that was their aunt, in case it wasn’t awful enough), and then got into a fight because they couldn’t share rule and one killed t’other. Yay, happy families.
Lillith? The supposed first wife of Adam and mother of all demons? That’s a name you want for a dress? Really? A woman who, if I recall Paradise Lost correctly (and I probably don’t), gave birth to all evil and had demons growing from her waist?
Ooh, Gatsby. Because right there’s a novel where all the relationships went just super. Notwithstanding the stalking, obsession, adultery, murder and other general unpleasantness. Things were just dandy. Perfect name for a dress!
*sigh* I know all names have connotations within literature if you look hard enough, but I guess I find myself wondering, when a lot of designers do tend to make up words for dress names, why they bother using ones which have such baggage attached to them. Especially when there isn’t a dress with my name anywhere! I guess it’s a case of reclaiming the names and making them new and fresh, removing the stigma. Maybe?
Wine makes me think things.