1950 – 1960 Wedding Dress Designs
With the war over and the baby boom now in full swing, weddings were happening at a fast pace. As the economy had rebounded from the war, brides were now able to be a little more particular when it came to choosing their wedding dresses. With tough times somewhat behind, the father of the bride was more willing to pay more money to make sure that his daughter looked especially beautiful on her special day. Appearance became more of a factor with fashion in general as times were more abundant than they had been the previous 2 decades. The same women that were just young children during the Great Depression were now old enough to get married.
One thing that was true of vintage wedding dresses from the 1950’s was that modesty was important to brides. Unlike today where showing skin is deemed appropriate, the 1950’s was a different time with most wedding dresses having high necklines with Basque waistlines and long sleeves. If the dress did not have a high neckline, it was likely to have a scooped neckline, yet staying within the realms of modesty.
s for materials, vintage wedding dresses designed in the 50’s included more exotic materials like silk organza and with the rationing from the war year now over, designers could now be a little more liberal when it came to fabric usage. With an abundance of fabric, wedding dresses now had full skirts and layered materials were common and materials were often heavier than the chantilly lace used in decades prior. In keeping with the modesty of the bride, lace bolero’s or bolero jackets were often worn over the dress, especially when a bride did decide to go with a strapless wedding dress. With this newfound sense of style, brides often added jewelry that matched the dress and was purchased especially for the occasion.