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The 1920s and all that Jazz

More so than many of the other wedding decades, the 1920s were all about celebration and fun. The sad truth is that there were fewer men of a marriageable age available following the devastation of the First World War and there were therefore, fewer weddings. As a result, weddings were celebrated with extraordinary style. A decade of two halves, the early years of the 1920s saw many Royal Weddings including that of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon who we all know and love as The Queen Mother.

In these early years, bridal designs were tubular, and evocative of Lucile’s medieval style. Veils were long and often doubled up so that the bride had the option to remove the longest layers later in the day and attached to a cap style headdress similar in design of that worn by Lily Allen in her recent marriage to Sam Cooper. Not only affecting the current bridal trends, the early 1920s also saw the introduction of embellished, beaded over layers which currently thrive on our modern catwalks and are readily available in the high street shops.

The latter years of the 1920s saw embellishment in wedding dresses take a back seat to the line and cut of the dress. The flapper bride was born! Gone were the stuffy, medieval styles, replaced by vibrant, fun, spirited jazz styles that the 20s are most commonly recognised by. Bridal gown necklines dropped and the hemlines rose but veils were still worn long and paid homage to the old adage, “The shorter the dress, the longer the veil.” Perhaps most importantly, it is during this part of the 20s that we saw the introduction of subtle colours into bridal attire, something which is currently making a huge comeback with dress designers on the wedding catwalks in the UK.

Focusing on glamorous and feminine fashion, the 1920s bride kept jewellery to a minimum, often choosing not to wear any. However, the must have accessory for the 1920s bride was the oversized Art Deco ‘shower’ designed bouquet, adorned with hanging ribbons tied in love knots. It would appear that as dresses got smaller, bouquets got bigger!

It is not surprising that when Kate Middleton revealed her lace wedding dress that fashion would look to the past for further inspiration. The trend from lace to satin and silk dresses has been repeated not only within the bridal market but throughout the UK fashion market and with designs like this Temperley dress – Thank goodness it has!

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