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April 11, 2011

Word of the Week: Mantilla



1. A silk or lace head scarf arranged over a high comb and falling over the back and shoulders

2. A silk mantle or short cape

In the Catholic Church, the mantilla veil is a special garment worn during holy week, and when in presence of the Pope. Protocol requires that women wear a black mantilla or hat. Catholic monarchs may exercise the privilege of  wearing white, referred to as Privilège du blanc.

Jackie Kennedy with Pope Paul VI July 2 1963

Princess diana with Pope John Paul II April 1985

Wedding Wise:


Image from Ultimate Bridal Magazine

A Mantilla veil  is traditionally shaped in a circular design, made of tulle, chiffon or entirely of lace. It drapes across the top of the head, frames the face, and falls down the back and over the shoulders.

There’s something so classic and elegant about the mantilla veil (clearly, it’s the lace!) that lends itself to a timeless and classic look.

One of our lovely clients, Jennifer, looked stunning in hers for her Georgetown nuptials to Jason.

Image by Dennis Drenner Photography

Our very own Digital Crinoline as well was a mantilla bride.. love!


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