1900 – 1910 Wedding Dress Designs
At the turn of the twentieth century, wedding dresses were still in the Edwardian style of dress. Because of the industrial revolution, wealth was abundant and weddings became more extravagant. Materials that were previously used on wedding gowns were white satin and lace, but as the decade progressed, so did the choices of materials such as silk and chiffon. The most popular dresses however often consisted of satin and brocade with a court train. There tended to be a lot of draped fabric to make for a flowing look.For those very fashionable women of the day, a look of lace covering pleated chiffon was considered to be very feminine and dainty.
Many different types of fabric were often used on different parts of the dress such as the having the bodice made of satin, the front made of lace, sleeves made of chiffon silk and lace and a tulle veil. The sleeves were often puffed with tapered cuffs made of lace.
The court train was very popular because it was long enough that it could be draped flatteringly around the feet of the bride and also if removed, the dress would still fit and hang beautifully.This was important in this era because unlike today, brides often wore their wedding dresses for more than one occasion. Brides could alter the length of the dress or remove some of the trimmings and wear it to another fancy outing.
Bridal gowns during the early 1900’s were often quite heavy since it was customary that many layers were worn under the dress such as corsets and slips and when fully dressed a bride could be wearing as much as ten pounds. As the decade went on, women chose to wear fewer undergarments making it easier to slim down the gown skirts.