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Title: Vintage Wedding Dresses

Vintage Wedding Dresses
  • Women's fashions of the 1940s are divided in two
    parts during the war and after the war. Wartime
    rations called

The fashions for weddings during the first half
of the 1940s were limited by war rationing. Both
food and clothing were rationed across the UK and
U.S. For this reason, many brides in the early
1940s of modest means ended up wearing practical
dresses. Utility clothing in Great Britain was
typical civilian wear, so women often borrowed
dresses from others or wore their best dress.
They would "mend or make do" with whatever was
available. Suit styles were popular both in the
U.S. and overseas. Stylish Dresses and New Look
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Gibson or mutton sleeves Long sleeves with a
point at the end, especially combined with a high
v-neck collar Netting at the neckline
Emphasis on waist, often with a "v" shape
Slight "sweetheart" shaping high on the neckline,
near the collarbone Made of rayon, though
sometimes silk White, ivory, off-white, or
beige color In 1947, after the end of WWII,
Christian Dior debuted a line of clothing called
Corolle, which was called the New Look by Life
Magazine. The line took advantage of the more
readily available fabrics and brought attention
to the form of a woman's body, with tighter
waists and full skirts. The more feminine and
stylish fashion stayed popular from the late
1940s and is evident in many 1950s wedding
dresses. Find 1940s Vintage Wedding Dresses The
first place to look for a vintage wedding dress
is in a grandmother's bureau. Older female
relatives may have saved their wedding dress,
especially if it was a more glamorous design.
Also check consignment shops, vintage and antique
clothing stores, and online auctions. The
following retailers offer vintage wedding dresses
online Sherry's Antiques and Collectibles Vintageous Vintage
Vixen Clothing Company Davenport Co. A
Vintage Wedding Choosing authentic 1940s vintage
wedding dresses does pose some problems. Some may
not have had proper wedding dress preservation
techniques used on them, making them too delicate
to wear. Yellowing, fading and stains are also
common problems with dresses from decades past.
Sizing information is often different from
today's generous cuts, so get accurate
measurements or try on the gown if possible. Be
sure to investigate any dress thoroughly before
purchasing. Sewing a wedding gown using a
wedding dress pattern is another way to obtain a
vintage 1940s style dress. Using new materials,
pick out a pattern that will compliment a 1940s
themed wedding and make the dress personally or
hire someone else to make it. Patterns can be
found online at stores like So Vintage
Patterns. Additional 1940s Wedding Dress
Resources A wedding that plays on the zeitgeist
of the 1940s calls for a themed wedding dress
that captures the essence of the decade. Military
couples might embrace the war-era utilitarian
look, with the groom wearing his uniform and the
bride in a similar suited dress. Brides can also
choose to wear a more classic wedding dress that
features styling elements from the 1940s.
1940s dress, visit the following websites for
more information on fashion and weddings Miss-Vintage offers fashion
articles pulled directly from 1940s publications.
Available in pdft, they range from bridal
advertisements to articles about fashion
frugality, often with sketches and photographs.
Vintage Fashion History - 1940's Weddings See
photos of wedding gowns and read a short history
of 1940s wedding dresses. Browse the site to
find Vintage 1930's to 1940's Brides We Love,
which highlights famous brides and dresses from
the two decades.