The 1970’s marked a time when many of baby boomers born in the 1950’s were now getting married and fashion was making a shift. Gone were the days when women wanted to look like a specific Hollywood star and a more individual appraoch to fashion was emerging. With many different styles coming together to give each bride a unique look, it has become increasinly hard to describe wedding dresses of the 70’s
1970 – 1980 Wedding Dress Designs
Wedding dresses in the 70’s went through various design phases quite quickly. Early on in the decade, sheer materials with a flowing look were all the rage. Newer materials like nylon and man-made Chantilly were common elements as was a Victorian style neckline. A new invention called the Camelot sleeve became a must have for many wedding dress designs.
Soon enough though, styles would again change, this time to dresses that did not emphasize the waistline and necklines started to become more ornate, with ruffles and trim. Another change came more in the mid-70’s which made the shift to a no-Victorian look with a raised waste and balloon sleeves were nylon and chantilly were common. Ruffled Victorian necks were now in style and baloon sleeves made of nylon and other man made materials were a hot fad. Another unique feature of the 70’s was the dust ruffle.
With the 1970’s holidng yet more change, the disco era emerged in the late 1970’s which brought more changes to wedding dress styles. Drop back designs became more common as well as batwing sleeves and long trains.
Overall the 1970’s allowed for a lot of diversification in wedding dresses because of the availability of man-made materials. This allowed for styles to change and brides with a smaller budget to still buy a beautiful wedding dress without the custom designer pricetag.