Style Guide : 1920’s Vintage

Style Guide : 1920’s Vintage

In fashion, the term ‘vintage’ is used to describe clothing that was made between the 1920’s and ‘80s. Clothes created before the ‘20s are seen as ‘antique’, whereas items created after the ’80s are deemed ‘retro’.

1920s wedding dresses tended to be loose, draping and fairly simple, yet were often teamed alongside beautifully embellished long veils.

Further Reading: Iconic wedding dresses from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s

Below: Clarissa Churchill, 1921

Iconic wedding dresses of the '20s

Couples can marry at the Churchill’s family home: Blenheim Palace

Below: The (future) Queen Mother, 1923

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon’s gown was created from ivory chiffon moiré and decorated with pearls and silver embroidery.

Iconic wedding dresses of the '20s

Footage of King George VI and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon celebrating their wedding day:-

Below: Anne of France, 1927

Iconic wedding dresses of the '20s

Below: Norma Shearer, 1927

Iconic wedding dresses of the '20s

As time moves on, there is an increasingly popular trend for brides to wear gowns that are reminiscent of romantic eras gone by, such as the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.

’20s Fashion

During the ’20s, the fashion was for brides to wear ‘flapper’ wedding dresses. These were loose, casual, feminine, and usually knee-length. The dresses themselves were quite simple; however, they were usually worn alongside beautifully elaborated and embellished veils.

Many modern brides long to wear a 1920’s vintage gown, or even a 1920’s-inspired dress, and modern couturiers are constantly recycling old designs in order to meet the growing demand for vintage charm.

Finding a Vintage Wedding Dress

If you are striving to find the perfect vintage dress for your wedding, prepare yourself for the fact that it could turn into a frustrating and somewhat expensive venture.

First things first – check your local vintage and charity shops, and carry out a web-search for vintage wedding dresses in your area. Ask everyone and anyone if they know where you might be able to find one – you never know, someone’s granny may even be able to lend you one!

Use websites such as Ebay and Facebook for sourcing vintage dresses, and look through wedding dress blogs to see if any of them can point you in the right direction.

Whilst searching for dresses, bear in mind that if you purchase a vintage gown, it can be altered so that it fits perfectly. However, if you are simply borrowing one, this may not be possible – so make sure it fits!

With a little effort, you can find that perfect ’20s dress, and remember – the time and trouble will all be worth it in the end!

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