Iconic wedding dresses of the ’50s

Iconic wedding dresses of the ’50s

Celebrating the end of the war and a much anticipated lift in rationing, the 1950’s saw a significant new era of bridal fashion that is still a great source of inspiration for dressmakers today.

Hooped skirts and corsets were often used to create exaggerated feminine waistlines, and the introduction of shorter, tea length gowns meant that dresses were often teamed with bright and glamourous high heels.

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, 1953 [Above]

Created by New York-based designer Ann Law, Jacqueline’s lavish ivory silk off-the-shoulder gown featured a tight-fitted bodice and exaggerated round skirt.

Audrey Hepburn, 1954 [Below]

Upon her marriage to Mel Ferrer in 1954, Hepburn wore this timeless white ballerina-length gown designed by fashion house Balmain. Relatively simple yet still remarkably elegant and chic, the gowns teeny tiny waist drew attention to Hepburn’s petite figure, and instead of a veil or tiara, she wore a gorgeous halo of fresh flowers in her hair.

Grace Kelly, 1956 [Below]

Arguably the most iconic gown of the decade (if not all time), Grace Kelly’s rose-point lace gown has inspired brides for over 50 years, most recently Kate Middleton.

Designed by Helen Rose of MGM studios, the gown was given to Grace as a gift, and featured a tight fittied bodice, ruched silk, and hundreds of tiny seed pearls.

Brigitte Bardot, 1959 [Below]

Remembered for its informality, actress and model Brigitte Bardot wore this pink gingham A-line dress with a nipped in waist, and it was heavily copied for years.

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