October 15, 2011

{Princess Redux} Part Two

[Excerpt from upcoming book: The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride: How Diana Exposed the Princess Myth & Other Royal Fables that Kept Women in Their Place]


Darcy Cosper describes young women becoming brides in her novel Wedding Season as a chance to “live out a dream that may very well have haunted them from girlhood.” In parts of the world where the “white wedding” is de rigeur wedding protocol, a particular womanly ritual is repeated again and again. Brides-to-be, usually with an enthusiastic entourage, gather in mirrored salons devoted to ‘princess myth enthralled women’ trying on those fabled white fem-fem gowns. These potentially deeply connecting, heart opening rites-of-passage with friends and family have all too often become angst riddled girly ceremonies driven by too many opinions and much too much “all about the dress and cleavage” drama. 
TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress"
If this sounds like one of those over-the-top cable television reality shows, well, it is! And it is aptly named, “Say Yes to the Dress.”



Disney Princess Bridal Collection
Indeed, without glamorous fashions, the princess myth could not survive; without the gown, there is no princess myth! It’s no surprise that even the Walt Disney Company—the international headquarters of “wish-upon-a-star” princess fairy tales—launched a line of wedding gowns in 2007 as part of their Disney Princess collection. Then in 2010, designer Alfred Angelo teamed up with the Disney company to expand the concept and collection “because every bride wants to look like a princess on her wedding day,” insisted Pam Lifford, executive vice president of fashion and home for Disney Consumer Products. “OK, we get that many brides wouldn't mind looking like a princess,” Joanna Douglas wrote on the Shine blog, “but a Disney princess?


Disney Princess Bridal Collection
Really? We know that Disney often sets up little girls to expect her happy ending, but we didn’t expect grown women to want to literally dress like a Disney princess for her wedding.” ~

[Part Three of “Princess Redux” will be posted in a few days; all are excerpts from the soon-to-be released book, The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride: How Diana Exposed the Princess Myth & Other Royal Fables that Kept Women in Their Place.
To see other excerpts in the series, click on "Princess Redux" in Labels section below.]

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