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Some pictures just haunt you.

For me, one of those picture was this

Her gown wasn’t what haunted me. What haunted me was her veil, namely the mantilla veil. I’ve always known that I wanted a drop veil because gathered veils to me look like your head got stuck into a pillow (or a cake) and you somehow decided to walk out without caring to free it from the offender.

You can find more on veil cuts and styles here.

A true mantilla veil is a veil that is NOT gathered, although it might be secured to either the hair, a hair comb, or a headpiece. Grace Kelly’s was secured to a headpiece, as you can see. I didn’t know whether I wanted a headpiece or not… and wasn’t able to decide.

Prompted by one of the ladies I contacted in the hope to have a custom veil done, I started browsing and collecting information, links and pictures that I want to share with you.

Mantillas come with a history, so to speak. The ones among you who aren’t Jew, Catholic, Italian, Spanish or living in South America,¬† would probably be surprised to hear that mantillas aren’t wedding veils. Mantillas are veils, bridal mantillas are bridal veils cut, shaped and worn in a similar way to “regular” mantillas. So what on Earth are regular mantillas?

Essentially, mantillas are veils worn during a religious holiday (either a Jewish or a Catholic one), usually to go to Church or the Temple.

Basically, there are 3 types of mantillas:

1.the Italian-like (Catholic) and the Jewish ones

In Italy, traditional mantillas are either all in Chantilly lace (like Jackie Kennedy in this picture):

or bordered with Alencon lace roses/rosebuds

They can be worn either like head doilies

or like shabbat veils

Their shape is triangular or scarf-like and are shoulder or elbow length.
I’ve seen that recently some bridal stylists have started also using mantillas this way as well:

On the left it’s worn like a head doilie, on the right like a shabbat veil by Rosa Clara.

the Spanish-like ones

In Spain the traditional fabric for a mantilla is Chantilly lace (like Grace Kelly’s), its shape is rectangular or triangular and it is knee length:

As you can see it is worn with a tall hair comb called  peineta. A bridal peineta is shown here:

A magnificent model from Oscar de la Renta:

Notice how Mary of Denmark wore a Spanish mantilla and a fan-shaped peineta on her wedding day:


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