Couture Fashion Week, which kicked off on Monday in Paris, is showing us that sheer and semi-sheer dresses are still big news this year…

Celebrating the femininitiy and glamour of being a woman, Elie Saab’s Spring 2019 show was a dreamy fantasy, as models floated down the ramp in hand-embroidered and hand-painted gowns.

Sheer fabrics, lace, embroidery and sequins on dresses fit for princesses – or mermaids

Ruffles, crêpe, pleated tulle, organza and taffeta all featured, in a collection that the designer described as “capturing the magic of femininity”.

A dreamy wedding dress in crystal-encrusted tulle closed the show.

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