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Brides: The Way we were
It was Queen Victoria with her wedding in 1840, who clears the way for the modern white wedding dress. Prior to 1840, white had been reserved for those of the wealthier class. Fabric was expensive and white stained easily so it was not reusable. Queen Victoria strengthen the notion that a wedding dress should be worn once and she has been credited with starting the tradition of white weddings gowns, in fact for her wedding with Prince Albert she wore a white heavy silk satin dress.
Clip from the movie - The Young Victoria
Before the late nineteenth century, bridal dresses came in a profusion of colors and patterns.  
C. 1838 Silk and Wool blend jacquard wedding gown as a gift of Gift of Steven Porterfield. Object id. 2010.897.5
Photos courtesy of FIDM MUSEUM and GALLERY
On the left: 1836 Moritz Daniel Oppenheim - Marriage Portrait of Charlotte von Rothschild.
On the right: 1859 Henrik Olrik - The Bride is Embellished by her girl friend.
To recreate the atmosphere of the late nineteenth century in a modern key, wedding dresses straight out of a painting of the time. From Cailand’s London Collection.
On the left: Look. n. 1
On the right: Look n. 16
Photos courtesy of Cailand’s
Clip from the movie - Wuthering Heights
Obviously, poor, peasants and working-class people in Europe and America often found it difficult, if not impossible, to buy special clothes for their wedding, so they simply wear their best dress.
Edwardian Era 
Wedding dress of the period Edwardian era, which is in the United Kingdom the period of British history that covers the brief reign of King Edward VII, from 1901 to 1910. In the early 1900s white was still the color of choice for monied brides, other brides opted for pastel colours. Frills on the bodice, puffy sleeves, high waists, high collars, long trains were in fashion for the period.  The 1910s introduced a more flowing silhouette for wedding gowns.
On the left: Pristine Edwardian Hand Made Lace & Silk Wedding Dress. On the right: Edwardian Battenburg Lace Dress.
Photos courtesy of 1stdibs
Edwardian Romantic Vintage Ispiration.
Wedding gown Bon Bon of Marina Mansanta Haute Couture– photos by Joee Wong
C. 1910 Micro sequin and beaded fringe trimmed chiffon wedding gown.
Photos courtesy of TheFrock.com
Post- Edwardian wedding gowns inspirations? Be inspired by Downton Abbey the British-American drama television series. Downton Abbey's 1920s style has definitely become a trend in the wedding world.
Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley wedding.
Lady Mary wedding gown: a long sleeved cream dress covered with pearls and crystals, to hold the veil a floral diamond tiara.
Clip from the TV Show - Downton Abbey
On the left: Lady Rose wedding gown, a beaded silk tulle gown. Photo from Tv show Downtown Abbey.
On the right: A creation of Callot Soeurs, shown at Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo from the book Total Design.
The 1920s
Were the golden age in the American history and “The great Gatsby” style as we call it today were in fashion, silky sheaths, sparkling embellishments, and pearls, string of pearls everywhere used also as décor, final touch headbands and a glimpse of gold. Jazz music to dance the night away.  
1920s original satin wedding dress.
Wedding gown of Vintachic – photos by Marzia Troiani
On the left: A creation of Louise Boulanger 1928 shown at Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo from the book Total Design.
On the right: 1920s inspired Marina Mansanta Haute Couture wedding dress Lola, as seen on Woman&Bride Magazine. Photo by Armando Cattarinich.
For a Golden Age inspired wedding …
From  Galia Lahav Tales of the Jazz Age:
Tiffany is in Point d’esprit tulle layered over silk tulle and ornated with an antique embroidered mesh. The dress is entirely hand embroidered with sequins, tiny pearls and antique studded crystal chains.
Photo courtesy of Galia Lahav
Lana is a blush colored and half sheer dress. The top of the gown is entirely embroidered in ivory crochet with sandstone pearls and sequins. The back of the gown has a very deep low cut and has a nude illusion with an embroidered drape sash. The skirt is a melange of ivory and dusted rose tulle trimmed with a wide cirn dentelle.
Photo courtesy of Galia Lahav
From Alon Livné White, Bridal collection 2017:
Pearl is an exquisite dress with a raised collar and soft-shaped bottom, giving the style a regal and classic appearance, with pearls draping the feminine silhouette for that extra touch of elegance. A “Watteau” train with pearl details is a majestic option to add to the already royal-esque Pearl.
Photos courtesy of Alon Livné White
From Watters 2017 Collection:
Isa Ornate beading with a 1920s flair, this fit-and-flare gown is dripping with crystals on Illusion Tulle and Soft Spanish Net. Chapel train.
Photo courtesy of Watters
Spreading from the U.S. the thirties was considered the Depression-era, for this reason many brides choose a dress that could be tinged after the wedding and worn again. Hats were the headpiece for many brides, rather than traditional veils. One of the most iconic wedding dress of all the time is the one worn by Wallis Simpson in the occasion of her wedding to Edward, Duke of Windsor on 1937. For her wedding dress a signature color were made the "Wallis blue" to match her eyes.
Photo from the book of Total Design
Original 1930s Cream satin wedding dress, Cathedral train.
Wedding gown of Vintachic – photos by Marzia Troiani
C. 1930 Sleeveless drop-waisted sequin bodice with sequin shoulder strap. Satin skirt with a generous train.
Photos courtesy of TheFrock.com
The well-off brides could be inspired by the iconic fashion of the Hollywoodian divas of the period, Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Mae West just to name a few.
Stretch silk satin mermaid line wedding gown.
Photos courtesy of Delsa
Clip from the movie - Dinner at Eight
On the left: Jean Harlow in the movie Dinner at eight. Photo from the movie.
On the right: From Romantic Collection of Marina Mansanta Haute Couture, Struzzo with long gloves. Model Vittoria Puccini and photo by Studio Righi.
1930s Hollywoodian divas style … “Vionnet bias-cut”, mermaid line, low back, silk satin, evening wedding gown style. Madeleine Vionnet became popular as “the queen of the bias cut” one of her quotes says, “when a woman smiles, then her dress should smile too”. The bias cut is a design technique where cloth is cut diagonal, enabling the dress to adhere to the body during movement. The bias cut seemed to be created for the ‘30s Hollywood fashion icon Jean Harlow.
On the left: Jean Harlow in  the movie Saratoga (1937).
On the right: Chicca silk satin mermaid wedding gown. Shawl bodice, detachable sleeves. Photo courtesy of Collezione Carlo Pignatelli Couture.
On the left: Jean Harlow portrait.
On the right: Leona V-Neck, Silk Georgette gown, lined with Stretch Satin, creating a light and flattering feel. Photo courtesy of Watters.
On the left: Jean Harlow Portrait.
On the right: From Le Spose di Giò Classic Collection, look CL 40: Fit and flare evening style silk chiffon wedding gown. Photo courtesy of Le Spose di Giò.
On the left: Jean Harlow portrait in the movie Dinner at Eight.
On the right: From Le Spose di Giò Classic Collection, look CL 41: Silk satin empire line style bias-cut wedding gown. Photos courtesy of Le Spose di Giò.
Are you in the mood for a more dramatic effect?
Clip from the movie The Bride of Frankenstein
From Jordi Dalmau Novias Elumm Collection: Lourdes.
Photo courtesy of Jordi Dalmau Novias
It was the war time, due to limited funds common brides used fabrics to make their own wedding dresses. Wedding gowns make a virtue of simplicity, stark and elegance, focusing on shoulders, corseted waist and lay emphasis on the hips.
On the left: Charles James 1948 wedding gown shown at Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo from the book Total Design.
On the right: From Cailan'd Vienna Collection the look n. 8. Photo courtesy of Cailan'd.
Original 1940s wedding gowns.
On the left: Long sleeve chiffon and lace wedding dress, long train.
On the right: Ecru satin wedding dress, Cathedral Train.
Wedding gown of Vintachic – Photos by Marzia Troiani (left) and Gianluca Serrago (right)
Maggy Rouff, haute couture wedding  gown, c. 1949.
Photos courtesy of 1stdibs
Clip from the movie - Cover Girl
Let be inspired by the style of the Hollywoodian fashion icon Rita Hayworh, from Giuseppe Papini 2017 Collection.
On the left: Silk crepe satin mermaid wedding gown. Chantilly lace and organdy dress cover.
On the right: Silk crepe satin mermaid wedding gown, slight sweetheart neckline, rebrode lace dress cover.
Photos courtesy of Giuseppe Papini
From Katya Katya Shehurina Bridal Collection 2017.
Liliac: A wedding gown that gives the illusion of a two piece gown joint together perfectly. The high boat neckline is embellished by using the Swarovski elements. A high neckline flows from the high neck to an open v-neckline at the back joint with the style of an opened illusion back to produce movement to the top of the gown. Joint with the beauty of the French lace top the skirt flows gracefully with soft and light in weight tulle.
Photos courtesy of Katya Katya Shehurina
Clip from the movie Woman of The Year
Movies and movies star started setting trends also in Bridal fashion, there was a real mutual exchange between fashion and cinema, more than ever before.  First it was Elizabeth Taylor in the movie “Father of the bride” of Vincente Minelli (1950), bridal style sweetheart neckline, corseted waist.
Clip from the movie - Father of the Bride 
Few years later in 1957, Hubert de Givenchy did the costumes for “Funny face”,  he brought up such an innovation in Bridal style, setting  the trend for tea length wedding dresses, for the movie he designed a ballerina-inspired wedding gown, up today one of my favorite.  Along with the new trend, short gloves and shorter veils.
Clip from the movie Funny Face
In the mood for a contemporary rock 1950s Ballerina inspired wedding gown? Jupe Mojito from the collection Bohème Rock by David Purves, is definetly what you’re looking for. Short tulle full skirt with a cotton shirt.
Wedding gown Bohème Rock by David Purves – photos by David Bacher
Are you more into a 1950s inspired tea length wedding dress? From Katya Katya Shehurina Bridal Collection 2017. 
Photos courtesy of Katya Katya Shehurina
In the 1950s we found some of the most iconic Wedding dress of all the time.
The one Jacqueline Bouvier worn in 1953 when she got married to John F. Kennedy. A bouffant wedding gown designed by Anne Lowe. It was made of ivory silk.
The one Grace Kelly’s worn for her marriage with Prince Rainier in 1956. It was designed by Helen Rose of MGM. It was a high-necked, long-sleeved gown with a Juliet cap. Medium Silk needle lace (rose point), silk faille, silk tulle, and seed pearls.
On the left: Sketch of Grace Kelly's Wedding Dress As a gift of the artist Helen Rose – Accession Number 1963-221-1
On the right: Grace Kelly's Wedding Dress and Accessories as a gift of Her Serene Highness, the Princesse Grace de Monaco, 1956 - Accession Number  1956-51-1a--d--4b
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
To feel like a Queen from Galia Lahav Le Secret Royal Collection:
Corina is a princess ball gown with a tiny sweetheart corset and a full skirt. It is made of silk satin tulle, french chantilly lace and delicate appliques that adorn the train of the full voluminous skirt. The gown is entirely decorated with clear crystals and has long sleeves.
Photo courtesy of Galia Lahav
Original 1950s wedding gowns.
On the left: Tulle and lace pink wedding dress.
On the right: White and Pink tulle midi wedding dress.
Wedding gown Vintachic – Photos by Marzia Troiani
Clip from the movie - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
In the mood for a fifities themed wedding, inspired by the Hollywoodian divas of the period.
From Peter Langner Bridal collection 2017: Belle ball gown in embroidered tulle with long sleeves.
Belle Wedding gown by Peter Langner – Photos by Marco Guastalla
Original 1950s wedding gowns.
On the left: 1950s wedding dress Champagne Satin Winged Bust Wedding Peg Powers Original.
On the right: Sandra Sage Vintage 1950s Cream Nude Illusion Lace and Silk Chiffon wedding Dress.
Photos courtesy of 1stdibs
In the aftermath of the conservative 1950s came the '60s: The civil right in the U.S. where rights of black citizens had been violated, but also Europe face the civil rights movement in different ways: Northern Ireland with its Roman Catholic minority's, many communist countries had their uprisings. The sexual revolution spread throughout the Western world starting from the 1960s, along with the women's liberation movement. While marriage held the greatest importance in the '50s, the role of women and wives began to change in the following decade and so do the brides, they wore everything from Gowns with high-waisted empire lines, to mini wedding dress, also short veil became very popular. It was the space age and wedding dresses incorporated metallic embellishments. Daisies were everywhere, on bridal bouquets, as embellishments on wedding dresses and wedding decorations. Brides often wore brides wore pillbox hats with bouffant veils flowing from the hat. By the end of the sixties did their appearance sheath wedding dresses.
Clip from the movie - Come September
Original 1960s wedding gowns.
On the Left: Long sleeve, high-waisted empire line wedding dress.
On the right: Chantilly lace, long sleeve, high-waisted empire line, with pearl’s diamond shapes embellishments.
Wedding gown of Vintachic – Left photo by Marzia Troiani
Clip from the movie - The Graduate
In the mood for the sixties? From Katya Katya Shehurina Bridal collection 2017.
Sonnet: Bordered round the neck French Lace join with soft in colour silk taffeta flowers. Hugging the silhouette, this gown hugs the sensual figure of the bride, skimming off the body with complete ease with the lower skirt flaring from the skirt away from the hips. Fitted along the bodice, sleeves are long in length resting on top of the hand for a romantic look.
Photos courtesy of Katya Katya Shehurina
On the left: 1960s Jacques Heim wedding dress creamy metallic diamond pattern, so it sparkles beautifully.
On the right: 1960s Maggy Rouff Crisp-White Cotton Lace Tea-Length wedding gown.
Photos courtesy of 1stdibs
For a contemporary sixties mood, from Cailand’s Bridals.
On the left: From  Firenze Collection look n. 2
On the right from Vienna Collection look n. 20
Photos courtesy of Cailan'd
1960s cream mini dress with beaded top panel, Classic and iconic, a true testament to the era.
Photos courtesy of Vintage Couture
For a wonderful mini, sixties inspired, wedding, from the collection Bohème Rock by David Purves Odyssée: Silk Taffeta mini wedding gown, worn with a veil or a cape to change the your style.
Wedding gown Bohème Rock by David Purves – Photos by David Bacher
Are you in the mood to dressed-up in a classic wedding dress from the sixties, like Frances in the movie Legend? From Max Mara Bridal collection:
Stelo: Silk satin long sheat wedding gown, Kimono style.
Photo courtesy of Max Mara
Clip from the movie - Legend
It was a period of transition, mixing up fashion, ranging from hippies to the fairytale ball gown, from  a revival of the glamorous ‘20s to the bohemian vibe. We can say that most popular trends were square necklines, batwing sleeves , empire waists, double knit wedding gowns. The pantsuit were also in fashion for the period.
C. 1970 Crystal Goddess. Bergdorf Goodman strapless Grecian silk chiffon wedding dress with a variety of crystals Throughout.
Photos courtesy of TheFrock.com
Clip from the movie - Forrest Gump
On the left: C. 1973  Zandra Rhodes Palest Ivory Grey "Seashell" Silk Dress.
On the right: Rare 1974 Zandra Rhodes "Field of Lilies" Silk chiffon hand-painted.
Photos courtesy of Shrimpton Couture
In 1975 Elizabeth Taylor re-married Richard Burton in Botswana, one year later from their divorce in 1974.  Her wedding dress was striking and it was a perfect reflection of the 1970s spirit of freedom and peace. Gina Fratini designed the dress with a colorful patchwork silk bodice and floating pastel chiffon ombré sleeves and skirts. Long, beaded, feather trimmed silk streamers hanging from the shoulders and under the bust.
Original 1975 Gina Fratini wedding Dress, same design as Elizabeth Taylor Documented.
Photos courtesy of 1stdibs
On the left: 1970s Ivory Crochet Maxi wedding dress.
On the right: 1970s  Ossie Clark Radley cream crepe and chiffon trouser wedding suit.
Photos courtesy of 1stdibs
To recall the seventies mood.
On the left: Demetra Silk cady palazzo trousers. Asymmetrical neckline shirt, long transparent sleeves, jais and swarovsky embellish wrists and waist.
On the right Calipso: Chantilly lace minidress, batwing sleeves.
Photos courtesy of Collezione Fiorinda le Spose di Carlo Pignatelli
From Jordi dalmau Novias Couture Collection: on the left Greco, on the right Mirò wedding gowns.
Photos courtesy of Jordi Dalmau Novias
Clip from the movie - What's Love Got to Do with It is
Rare 1974 "The Lily" Collection Zandra Rhodes Wedding Set.
Photos courtesy of Shrimpton Couture
The Bigger the better, extravaganza was the key word of the period, with Cathedral trains, oversized shoulders and full-length veils and frills.
Clip from the movie - Coming to America
From Delsa – Maria Cristina Collection: Lace and tulle wedding ball gown. Color Champagne and light blue.
Photo courtesy of Delsa
Easy to say that the most iconic wedding dress of the 1980s was worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1981. The wedding gown worn by Princess Diana set style for the years to come: Ivory silk taffeta and antique lace, large puffed sleeves, a full skirt and a dramatic train.
1980s Cream and metallic Oscar De La Renta wedding ensamble.
Photos courtesy of Vintage Couture
Clip from the movie - Betsy's Wedding
1980s Odicini Couture Silk Satin Lesage Beaded Trained wedding Gown. For a bride who wanted to be formal and daring at the same time.
Photos courtesy of Shrimpton Couture
From Delsa Couture Collection 2017: Embroidered lace and colored applications wedding gown.
Photo courtesy of Delsa
1980s Bob Mackie One of a Kind Ballerina Wedding Dress. The corset top is embellished with crystals overlaid on the silk.
Photos courtesy of 1stdibs
Clip from the movie - Steel Magnolias
During the 1990s movies and tv-shows set the trend and it was minimalistic respect the previous decade. How can forget “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, a beautiful Julia Roberts running away from Richard Gere in the “Runaway Bride”  , the tv-shows “Friends”, “Sex & The City” who hasn’t dreamed about the stunning wedding dresses seen both on movies and tv-shows.
In 1990s destination wedding on beach paradise (mostly) started becoming trendy, which means that brides wanted wedding gowns easy to package without damages and lighter fabrics suitable for warmer climate, perfect to wear on a barefoot paradise.
Clip from the movie - Four Weddings and a Funeral
On the left: Important Pino Lancetti Hand Embroidered Duchess Satin Wedding Gown. On the right: Valentino 1996 Haute Couture Wedding Gown worn by Angie Everhart who had been a Valentino model in 1990s.
Photos courtesy of 1stdibs
Clip from the movie - Runaway Bride
I would like to thank everyone, who have made this Bride’s journey through “The way we were” possible.
I would like to thank you all for your kindness and willingness to cooperate and share their work.
Thanks to all of you visitors, that you've joined me in this Bride’s style journey, I hope you had fun like I did it.
See you in the next century …
Marcella Lavarini

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