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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.