1920 – 1930 Wedding Dress Designs
With the women’s liberation movement taking shape in the 1920’s, a very noticeable way of liberating themselves was a short haircut. Because of the woman’s shorter, manlier hairstyle, veils became a very important way of expressing their femininity on their wedding day.
Cap veils were a staple in wedding attire during the 1920’s and were usually made of silk tulle and lace. As the decade went on, cap veils became more and more elaborate with decorations, but the basic style remained the same and was similar to women’s hats of the day. The cap was made of tulle and was fitted over the head and came down to just above a woman’s eyebrows with the rest of the tulle falling at length down the woman’s back, often to the floor.
Some veils were started and pleated, with the tulle doubled and gathered into a large pouffe at the back the head.Â The cap portion would often be embellished with fine lace or metallic ribbon or would even be held on by a “crown” of flowers such as daisies. The grandeur of the veils were a good contrast to the simpler style of the dresses of this period. Dresses were often quite loose in a chemise style, similar to the flapper-type dresses, though longer in length.
As an example of a bride in the 1920’s a silent movie called The Dark Angel was released that depicted a perfect 1920’s bride.Vilma Banky played the role of Kitty Vane in the movie and her wedding attire included a strapless dress and a cap with a long veil draping over her shoulders.This view of a bride is one of the most perfect examples of a bride of that time.
When we look at the wedding dresses of the 1920’s we can safely say that the cap veil was what made the wedding dress stand out and set each bride apart from one another.