Happy Star Wars Day!
Princess Leia first appeared in the 1977 movie Star Wars dressed in a costume very similar to our 1974 House of Bianchi wedding dress. Like Leia’s robe, this simply-cut wedding dress in white jersey has a high collar, belt, and hood. Designer Phyllis Bianchi noted that the 1970s saw the rise of less formal wedding gowns to accommodate the growing number of non-traditional weddings.
Phyllis Bianchi graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1953 and opened a wholesale bridal specialty company with her mother, Colomba Bianchi, a custom dressmaker in Boston. Phyllis served as head designer until her retirement in 1992. The House of Bianchi continued as a leader in bridal fashion until the business closed in 2001. Our wedding dress was worn by Sally Meidinger, of Fargo, North Dakota, for her 1974 wedding.
Since the Walt Disney Company purchased the rights to the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars Day has become an official holiday at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. On this day, you may see a lot of Princess Leia robes reminiscent of our House of Bianchi wedding dress. May the Fourth be with you!