1912 Bridal Gown

Bride in white flowing V-neck dress with wide band and bow at waist front.
1912 Bride & Groom

About 1910 the French fashion designer Paul Poiret rocked the fashion world with the introduction of his Oriental look based on the Japanese kimono. Earlier he had gotten rid of corsets and the stiff, formal look in his fashions and changed the fashionable silhouette. Women’s dresses became softer, more flowing. High, stiff necklines were abandoned in favor of the V-neck created by the kimono’s front. Dresses began sporting wide waist bands and huge flat bows similar to a Japanese Obi, or waist wrap. It took a while for his haute couture ideas to be adopted by the average American woman, but eventually even bridal gowns reflected this style.

Bridal Gown

This bride from about 1912, the year the steamship Titanic sank, is showing a very fashion-forward look. You can see how soft and drapey and almost unstructured her bridal gown is. Quite a difference from the two previous brides (1904 & 1908) we looked at.

This bride’s bodice is softly draped from the shoulders with unstructured, flowing sleeves that reach only to about her elbows. The neckline is the new fashionable V-neckline and the bodice blouses above the wide, flat bow, with two double layer tails hanging down the front of her dress, at the waistline. The large band and bow at her waist look similar to a Japanese Obi, don’t they? There also appears to be some kind of similar bow at the back with one tail sticking out to the left.

The skirt is straight with only a small slit at the bottom front to give her a little room to walk. This was a form of the “hobble skirt” fashion which was in direct response to the wider skirts of the previous decade. Skirts in the high fashion dresses were designed with such an extreme tightness at the bottom that the wearer could hardly move her feet to walk. She was “hobbled like a horse” with a rope around its legs.

If you have read the FREE 10 Wedding Ideas from Vintage Brides ebook, you would know that this dress is a Rectangular shape. You can see how this shape compares to other bridal dress shapes in the ebook.

Bridal Headpiece & Veil

Close up of bride showing gathered veiling cap with veil attached at back and roses bouquet
Bridal Headpiece & Bouquet

The bride’s arms are still covered with long gloves. The change in hair and hat fashions has the bridal headpiece circling the head closely, with lace and small flowers. The veil is attached to the back of the headpiece.

Bridal Bouquet

Her bouquet is large roses with green fern filler. The brides maids bouquets are at her feet, which was the custom when taking wedding pictures at this time. Those bouquets appear to be Carnations of a light color.

To see another version of Paul Poiret’s fashions, you might like this 1914 Bride.

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Book cover of Bridal Fashion 1900-1950 by Kathleen York

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