As with most areas of fashion, bridal gown trends have come and gone over the years. One of our fabulous part-time staff members, Jasmine, works full time for the Smithsonian Institution, so we thought we'd bring her in to give us a little history lesson on how bridal gowns of the past have influenced some of today's styles!
As seen in this illustration taken from Godey’s Lady’s Book, (call it the Glamour magazine of the late 19th century), a cinched waist and tiers made for a lovely bride! Judd Waddell embraces this timeless effect in a beautiful gown full of asymmetrical tiers and an elegant, ruched bodice.
These cute bridesmaid headbands circa 1927 have come back into the bridal world in a dazzling way. For instance, this Erin Cole headband looks great as a hairpiece or fun beaded belt.
Jacqueline Bouvier donned a lovely, off-the-shoulder gown for her wedding to John F. Kennedy in 1953. This timeless look from designer Augusta Jones accents a brides' tiny waist and beautiful shoulders.
This pattern from 1963 shows a gown with a full, flowing train that appears to be floating off the dress, and this modern day Ulla-Maija gown features a detachable satin train-- perfect for a bride who wants drama for the ceremony, but a lighter dress for the party!
Thanks so much to Jasmine for taking us on a tour of bridal gowns through time! It's so fun to look back at fashion from the past and relate it to the stunning gowns of today.