Whether planning a wedding or just dreaming of one, Vintage Weddings is your go-to source for the last 100 years of wedding couture. It’s a visual journey through bridal history, showcasing a resplendent array of gowns from 1900 to the present day and taking a close look at the designers who created them, as well as the cultural influences and key fashion looks for each decade.
It begins with the influence of court dress in the first chapter, which highlights turn-of-the-century and Edwardian styles. The advent of Modernism and the flapper look in the 1920s gave rise to tubular dress shapes and short hemlines with Art Deco embellishments, while the 1930s “boudoir bride” wore glamorous bias-cut gowns from Madeleine Vionnet or Hollywood costumiers Adrian and Irene. The wartime bride of the 1940s was happy to marry in a day dress or design from the new ready-to-wear bridal market.
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Christian Dior’s New Look led to the return of the hourglass silhouette in the 1950s. A revolution in bridalwear characterized the 1960s, both in experimentation of fabrics and in shape, while bohemian and ethnic styles were reflected in the fashions of the 1970s. With Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981, the tone was set for the opulent frills, flounces, and rosettes of the 1980s, a look that rapidly gave way to more minimalistic and slender styles in the 1990s and on.
Vintage Weddings covers notable weddings of royalty as well as Hollywood celebrities and high-profile politicians. The author, Marnie Fogg, is a fashion expert and media consultant on all aspects of the fashion industry. Bruce Oldfield OBE wrote the foreword.