Wedding Dress: Gowns Through the Ages

Sajanee, Intern Extraordinaire

Over the past century, popular gown styles have transformed over the years. 1920s brought the flapper style, which are unshaped gowns occasionally shorter in length.  1950s brides wore gowns with an emphasized waist.  1980s style consisted of the fuller skirt and sleeves. Whichever decade you look into, elements of gowns have inspired the wedding dresses of today.

1920s: A popular accessory from this era is the “cap” style veil.  This veil covers the top of your head and then falls into its train. 

1930s – 1940s: Because of the Great Depression, wedding gowns from these decades didn’t change much. However, a feature that is brought into today’s wedding gowns is the long, sheer sleeves.

1950s:  Grace Kelley’s wedding gown is a stunning ball gown that emphasizes her waist with a simple sash.  Highlighting a women’s waist with a belt or ribbon is a current trend.

1960s: In this period, a short dress was more common then a floor length-wedding gown.  Even now shorter dresses are used for rehearsal dinners or smaller weddings.

1970s:  Throughout these years, gowns began to have a more romantic and whimsical feel.  Christos has created gowns including tulle that creates this aura and movement. 

1980s:  Many women in this era went for a larger look: ball gowns, puffed sleeves, and cathedral length veils.  Even today, full skirts and cathedral veils are a favorite among brides. 

1990s:  Close to the end of the century, wedding dresses became simpler.  Shorter sleeves and off the shoulder gowns became popular. 

Past styles always have a way of coming back with a modern touch and at Mia Bridal Couture you can find all types of dresses for your look! 

Book your appointment today with one of our fabulous consultants.  Call us at 713.622.2022!


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