1920’s: Most dresses in the 1920’s were fashioned in flapper-esque style with shorter tea length skirts.
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.
1940’s: Characterized by a modest short V neckline with the waistline emphasized by shoulder gathers. Gibson sleeves were popular at the time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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