Queen Victoria launched the white gown trend
In the Victorian era, brides generally wore the nicest dress they could buy (and re-wear) in whatever colour tickled their fancy. That all changed when Queen Victoria donned a white gown in 1840 when marrying Prince Albert. She chose white—then the colour to wear to funerals, not weddings—mainly to match the lace on her dress, but it didn’t take long for brides to follow her lead, citing the hue as a sign of purity. Here are more fun facts about colour that we take for granted!