Marchesa Bridal Fall 2022

By Maria Ward

Georgina Chapman found her Fall 2022 bridal inspiration in art. Specifically, a John Singer Sargent oil-on-canvas painting entitled “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose” from 1885-1886. The portrait depicts two small children dressed in white., who are lighting paper lanterns in an enchanted English garden one late summer night with yellow carnations, tall white lilies, and pink roses sprouting up around them. To capture that precise moment when daylight turns to dusk, Singer painted en plein air for a few precious minutes at the end of each day when the lighting was just right, giving the portrait the pinkish-purple tint of evening.

The changing of colors in twilight is reflected in the soft ombré tones that punctuated Chapman’s latest offering. See the Grecian tulle gown that faded from ivory to rosy blush; the detachable bow at the back revealed feather lilies that were strung together by artisans and hand-painted with Sargent’s brushstrokes as inspiration. Flowers are a signature motif chez Marchesa. This season, they blossomed into 3D silk textured organza petals that were then artfully scattered across an A-line dress with a coordinating veil. On a strapless ballgown with a sweetheart neckline, Marchesa intertwined wisteria tendrils with trickling vine embroidery. Other looks forwent perennials in favor of micro-pearls, lending them a twinkling effect reminiscent of Sargent’s paper lanterns.