1940 – 1950 Wedding Dress Designs
It was during the early 1940’s that many weddings took place prior to the husband going off to war. Because weddings were somewhat last-minute and quick, there simply was not enough time to design and elaborate dress. A quick wedding and short honeymoon would have been followed by a difficult farewell which for many would be the last time they would see one another because of the dangers of war. Wedding dress styles can be divided into two different styles, one being during the war and the other being once the war was over.
The early 1940’s were a time of change for the entire world. With the Great Depression behind, now the world was into World War II and times were yet again changing. During the war years, governments rationed most goods to make sure that they would have enough resources to build everything from planes and tanks to soldier uniforms and more. At the time, no industry was safe from the rationing and this included wedding dresses. With the lack of materials available, there was a new appreciation for simple wedding dresses made of easy to find materials. Often dresses during this time were used by more than one bride as a means of saving on materials for a dress that would only be worn one time. Instead of more traditional floor length dresses, slightly shorter dresses were common. Many of the dresses were not white, but rather beige or ivory in colour and the most popular materials of the day included silk and rayon.
As the war ended and weddings were in abundance, life quickly returned to normal though and more extravagant wedding dresses soon became common place. With the fabric rationing now over, longer dresses with plenty of fabric became the norm. With demand for wedding dresses now at an all time high, popular elements of design in Vintage wedding dresses after WWII included mutton sleeves, high v-neck collars, slim waists and the designs also used pearls and beads.