1960 – 1970 Wedding Dress Designs
The 1960’s were a time of social change as well as politcal change which included the election of a young President and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy. Jackie Kennedy as she is known to many was one of the first real fashionista’s that the White House had seen and it inspired the nation’s women to dress in a different way. Fitted wedding dresses became common fare as well as dresses that showed the shoulders, which prevously would have been considered immodest. Early on in the 1960’s wedding dresses often had long sleeves that were capped at the shoulder, which allowed the brides bare shoulders to be seen. A banded waist was a common element of dresses from the 60’s as were pillbox hats and gloves.
With the popularity of the Beatles coming to America, a new design phenomienon occurred. The miniskirt. Not only had it become acceptable for women to wear a short skirt, but in some more urban cirlces mini skirts had been the design influence for new, shorter wedding dresses that exposed the knees of the bride. It was during this time that with the influence of Hollywood and the First Lady that women became increasinly obsessed with their figure. For most women there was only one way to achieve that tiny 24 or 26 inch waste as that was to wear a girdle under the wedding dress. When President Kennedy was assasinated, this marked yet another shift in the design of wedding dresses, back to a more reserved and traditional dress. With Jackie Kennedy leaving the White House, the young, vibrant designs styles inspired by her also exited from the design of wedding dresses. Women that had become caught up in all the glamour turned more toward a modest look once again, back to long dresses with more Victorian elements.