The bridal fashion of the 1910s continued into the early part of the 1920s with simple yet elegant dresses teamed with floor length veils and wax flower head crowns. But all of this was to change with the arrival of the flapper girl; a woman who enjoyed life, danced the night away and was influenced by the new fashions designed by Coco Chanel.
By 1924 the waist line had dropped and the hemlines had risen, but it was in 1925 that we finally saw the 1920s wedding dress that we often think of when we envisage this era. Waistlines had gone completely, brides wore silk chemises with a sheer over dress worn over the top, adorned with sequins and beads with Art Deco shapes within. They wore piano gloves and long beads and pearls. Veils were still worn long but with new rhinestone accessories and head bands.
Some brides still chose floor length dresses with silk draping often with one side gathered up to create an almost Grecian feel. By the end of the decade, brides were wearing more clinging styles which we know and love from the 1930s.
Wedding flowers were very similar to the 1910s – shower bouquets with white lilies and orange blossoms and much green foliage hanging down.
It isn’t easy to find an original 1920s dress as silk tends to shatter after 50 years but there are some out there and I have featured 4 within this piece. There are also some great reproductions out there from bridal specialists as well as in some high street shops. Alternatively, look out for 1980s versions.
The National Vintage Wedding Fair has hundreds of original wedding gowns available to buy on the day as well as everything else you need for your big day. For more information visit www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk
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Total article credits as follows:
Photography: Stella Photography
Model: Eve Burley and Zanthy Rose
Styling: Kate Beavis
Hair: Bethany Jane Davies from the Vintage Beauty Parlour
Make-up: Ewa Baberska from the Vintage Beauty Parlour
Location: Victoria Baths, Manchester
Dresses: Days of Grace and Real Green Dress
Flowers: Diddibox Flowers
Cake: Pink Cocoa
Shoes: Love Art, Wear Art
Accessorises: Debbie Carlisle, Your Vintage Life and Cherished Vintage Bridal
Jewellery: Gemma Redmond Vintage
Light Up Letters: Typical Type