1980 – 1990 Wedding Dress Designs
The 1980’s were all about big when it came to wedding dress styles and who is the one person that personified that image more than anything? Of course it is Princess Diana. In 1981 she was married to Prince Charles in a storybook wedding and this set off a trend toward going big when it came to finding the perfect wedding dress. Made of ivory silk, Diana’s dress made the headlines of major magazines across the globe.
The first area that had to be embellished was of course the shoulders. Dresses were soon designed that included big, shoulders and long trains. Shoulder pads were common in the 1980’s in every day fashion and in an exaggerated form in wedding dresses. Necklines could be designed in a number of ways popular in the 80’s including square necklines as well as V necks and more traditional higher necklines.
One of the biggest changes that came in the 1980’s was the availability of inexpensive labor for clothing designers. An ornate and expensive dress that was not previously available to most women because of the high cost, soon became much less expensive. Man-made materials further reduced the prices and now very detailed dresses that included sequins and pearl beads could be purchased off the rack and relatively low prices, making a grand dress accessible to almost any bride. This marked a time of record profits for wedding dress designers who were able to get inexpensive materials and labour for their increasingly ornate designs and the dresses certainly didn’t suffer from a lack of fabric.
Now more than ever, the media was playing a role in what brides were wearing and this included a push toward having the perfect figure. For those that had the figure, unstructured dresses once again were popular as well, but these dresses weren’t for everyone.