1910 – 1920 Wedding Dress Designs
The second decade of the twentieth century was turbulent with the beginning and end of the first World War. This decade was also the end of the Edwardian period of dress. The waistline on wedding gowns was increasing ever so slightly over the years and reached an empire height in the mid-teens. Even though some still chose to wear their wedding dresses at their natural waistline, corsets were lengthening which allowed for slimmer gown styles with less full skirts and trains. Not only did the waistline of wedding gowns rise, but also did the hemlines. Though not as short as skirts found in the 1920’s, it was not unheard of to see the tip of a shoe, unlike the full draped skirts of the previous decade.
A popular element of the late-Edwardian style bride was the bretelle. Bretelles were bands of fabric that rose up the bodice often in a â€œVâ€ pattern up to the shoulders and even sometimes down the back. They often appeared to be tucked into the waistline of the dress and were typically highly embellished with appliquÃ© or lace.
The sleeves of the wedding gown were usually bloused at the shoulder and upper arm and then tapered to tighten at the forearm. This differs from the previous decade in that the whole sleeve was typically full from the shoulder to the wrist. The necklines of the 1910 wedding gowns were in a dog collar style with a very high ruffled neck. Veils were transforming from those fastened to the hair or to a large and flamboyant had to a more cap or cloche style of veil. This style had a smaller more fitting lace type of cap which came down to the top of the forehead and is reminiscent of the flapper-type hats worn in the 1920’s.