Tuesday, July 12, 2011

1930's Bridal Bias Cut Gowns

flapper bride

flapper weddingDuring the 1920's and 1930's, flapper brides had real style. Wedding looks broke away from the rigid silhouettes of the previous generation because these were modern girls with a new point of view. The first bride shown here dates from 1930 and wears a 'Juliet' inspired gown. It has an empire raised waistline with short puffed sleeves that have long fitted lace arms. This bias cut gown has a long fitted body with flared hemline in a silhouette will become very popular in the years that followed.

flapper brideVeils were a dominant look coming down the aisle. This bride is also from the early 1930's and shows that to be wrapped in a haze of netting can create an air of mystery we don't see often in current bridal looks today. Seen through the gauze, we can see her soft leg-o-mutton sleeves and draped cowl neckline. I bet there is a row of covered buttons down the back of this bodice. Her flared hemline is sewn to the fitted gown at about knee level, creating a long train behind her.

1930's bride The third bride dates from a bit later in the decade. Her dress is a classic bias cut, with a softly flowing wide flared hemline that the photographer will manipulate into a swirl of fabric at her feet. Again, the veil plays an important part in the overall silhouette of the bridal ensemble.

As you look at these, don't miss the men's attire. Wouldn't it be lovely if fathers, attendants and grooms once again wore morning coats to daytime weddings? The longer, tapered coat is so elegant, and it creates a wonderful look to the bridal party 'scene'.

2 comments:

BaronessVonVintage said...

gorgeous!! I've got a real-life 30s wedding gown for sale in my etsy shop...and at least one more in the wings!! Truly, I think 30s bridal fashion is the BEST!

Jen O said...

Baroness,
Your wedding gown is lovely! What a gorgeous bodice. It really shows how beautiful 'modest' bridal necklines could be (I am getting tired of the usual strapless corsety ones we see everywhere now days)

For future reference, I can recommend sending such gowns to the French Hand Laundry: http://frenchhandlaundry.com/

They are experienced in this sort of thing, and do ship!

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