Wedding Dresses thru the Decades

As we round out another decade, I can’t help but reflect on how fast time has flown by!  I was recently shopping for a New Years Eve dress and had to laugh when I thought back to my New Years wardrobe choice as a 14 year old high school freshman a decade ago.  My, how the times have changed.  Enjoy a mini history lesson as I explore wedding fashion thru the decades.

1920’s: Most dresses in the 1920’s were fashioned in flapper-esque style with shorter tea length skirts.

1920's Bridal Fashion
1920's Bridal Fashion

1930’s: The 1930’s marked a time of revisiting a more genteel, ladylike appearance.  Waistline curves were seen and hair became softer and prettier.

1930's Bridal Fashion
1930's Bridal Fashion

1940’s: Characterized by a modest short V neckline with the waistline emphasized by shoulder gathers.  Gibson sleeves were popular at the time.

1940's Bridal Fashion
1940's Bridal Fashion

1950’s: Dresses were constructed with luxe materials like silk organza and featuerd Basque waistlines with full skirts.  Bolero jackets came into fashion during the 1950’s as well.

Audrey Hepburn

1960’s: The skirt is less full than the 1950s crinoline wedding dresses, but still has volume.  The bodice is neat and fitted with straight sleeves and the train flows from the center back waist.

Princess Margaret & Anthony Armstrong Jones
Princess Margaret & Anthony Armstrong Jones

1970’s: Wedding fashion was very romantic with a medieval flair.   Christos was one of the most popular designers at the time, known for dresses with grace and elegance.

Wedding Gown from 1975
Wedding Gown from 1975

1980’s: Wedding fashion remained soft and flowing at the start of the decade, but the late 70’s saw an infusion of Victorian revival with softly romantic gowns in diaphanous chiffon with sheer fabrics embellished with embroidered organiza and three dimensional venetian laces.

Princess Diana
Princess Diana

1990’s: The early 90’s featured dresses similar to the late 1980’s with dresses that emphasized the shoulders and upper arms.  Many of the designs can most closely be related to those of the mid or late Victorian time period with wide skirts and a drop waistline with a flared wide skirt.

Wedding Dress 1990's
Wedding Dress 1990's

2000’s: Versatility and customization are the spice of life.  With powerhouses like Vera Wang, Ines di Santo, Amsale, Monique Lhuillier, and Carolina Herrera leading the pack, the 2000’s

Amsale Gowns
Amsale Gowns

Do you have a photo of a fabulous dress through the decades that you would love to share?  Upload your submissions to the blog or e-mail me at [email protected] to share!  Happy holidays and New Year, cheers to closing out another decade!