This sweet bride is a great example of early 1930s bridal fashions. The glamorous gowns seen in Hollywood movies were the inspirations for wedding dresses such as this. Long and body clinging crepe satin was very popular. Cutting the fabric on the bias made it drape around the body such as in this gown.
With the worsening economy of the Great Depression making it difficult for bridal fashions to use a lot of fabric and lace, the focus was on the beauty of the fabric. The silvery drape of satin filled the bill.
This bride’s gown is very simple. The V-neckline ends in gathers along the center-line of the bodice that is covered by fabric flowers. There is a seam just under the bust line that curves downward from a point at the center front. This is the top edge of a flat panel that defines the rib cage area. The long skirt drapes down from this panel, just to the floor, slightly longer in back. The sleeves are short flutter sleeves. This was a popular style.
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This bride’s headpiece is a small cap with layers of short gathered lace. Small hats and caps made from net and lace were very popular during the 1930s. The long veil hangs from the bottom of the hat. Because veil netting was cheaper than wedding gown fabric, brides often had long veils to act as trains instead of long dress trains. This veil appears to have white embroidered appliques decorating the bottom.
The bride wears over-the-elbow gloves to cover her arms. Instead of a bouquet, she is carrying a prayer book with several long white ribbons with short stems of white statice tied on.
If you like the look of this bridal gown, check out this Early 1930s Bride & Groom.
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