I think about this a lot, how wedding dresses have evolved through the years. Wedding photos often look so dated! It’s kind of funny to imagine if we will look back and laugh on the wedding photos taken now or if they will still look good. For instance, I think some from the 1950’s, like Grace Kelly’s, don’t look ridiculous now, but those from the 80’s do (as does everything from the 80’s). Perhaps that is because some of those tea-length style dresses are en vogue again, and because Kate Middleton wore a Grace Kelly-esque dress. I don’t know. What do you think?
I got inspired to write this post based on this article about 100 Celebrity weddings. It had a lot of old pictures of Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Rita Wilson & Tom Hanks, etc, as well as modern ones. I also liked this slideshow from Harper’s Bazaar of Iconic Royal Wedding Gowns.
Here are some examples:
1920’s – this one from 1924; cap veils became popular at this time
1930’s – The beginning of Hollywood glamour. Dresses were made to give a long, slender appearance to brides. Dresses were made of more simple fabrics because of the great depression. First photo is the infamous Wallis Simpson and Prince Edward; second is a modern photo based on a vintage, 1930’s style of wedding dress. Love it!
I don’t think I want that flowy/loose of a silhouette but I really want to find a cap-sleeve dress.
1940’s – The war years. Brides were still so modest. No strapless for them. Everybody still had church weddings.
1950’s – When my grandparents were married.
1980’s – My parents got married in 1983; this looks like what my mom wore. Yowza’s!
And now? There are so many styles to choose from. That is a whole other post that I plan to write soon, focusing on my favorite styles. However, it seems like most brides nowadays wear some kind of strapless gown…example:
Hope you enjoyed this post! I certainly had fun researching and writing it!