1930 – 1940 Wedding Dress Designs
Often called the â€œdirty thiritiesâ€, the 1930’s were the toughest financial times that had ever hit the United States and the rest of the civilized world. Already deep into the Great Depression following the stock market crash in 1929, now some parts of the United States was facing a drought that further caused economic issues. With such economic issues facing every part of life, brides had to be more creative when it came to making a wedding dress for little money.
Despite the gloomy econimic conditions, Hollywood flourished and gave rise to a whole new glamourous look that was copied by women across North America. It was of course during the 1930’s that Hollywood moviess became common, depicting glamourous and sophisticated women, which had a lasting influence on the way women dressed. As an escape from everyday life which had become increasinlgy difficult, wedding dresses offered a time to splurge. Long dresses with silk and satin that were quite modest by today’s standards were common. A long removeable train was both beautiful and functional, as it could be removed and the dress dyed to make it into an evening dress long after that special day was over. A large hat was also common part of the ensemble and Bertha collers were a common occurence in wedding dress designs.
During the 30’s, length was emphasized which gave a long, slender appearance to brides using silk charmuese and crepe fabric. With the rise of Hollywood also came the rise of fashion design in general, with many high fashion designers choosing to create glamourus dresses available in retail stores, which was a somewhat new concept. As for colour, although white was desireable, often brides chose to be married in blue and costume jewelry played a role in the overall look that the bride was trying to achieve and the style of the day could most likely be called â€œchicâ€.