Late 1950s Bridal Gown

1950s Bride in white dress with sheet lace long sleeve top and mid-calf length very full skirt. Groom is wearing a white jacket with black pants.
1950 Bride & Groom

Bridal Gown

This bridal couple is from the late 1950s. The bride is in a style of gown that was very typical in the 1950s. Her bodice has a thin, sheer white fabric over a solid base fabric. She has a scooped neckline and long sleeves.

The bride’s full skirt is at what was called a “cocktail length” between the knee and mid-calf. This was a very popular length of skirt for formal and party dresses. The gathered skirt is the sheer white fabric over the white base fabric. The skirt is held out by a “crinoline slip” as described in the previous article. Lots of rows of stiff gathered net ruffles on a foundation fabric were used to make the skirt stand out.

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

Bridal Headpiece & Bouquet

Smiling bride wearing a beaded crown headpiece and short veil and holding a bouquet of five orchids.
Bridal Crown Headpiece & Veil

Our bride’s headpiece is a circular “crown” tiara that stands up from the top of her head. These tiaras were usually covered in pearls or crystals. This was a very popular style of headpiece in the late 1950s. The large bridal bouquet is made of 5 or 6 white orchids in a floral holder, without ribbons attached.


The groom wears a typical formal style for the 1950s. He wears a white jacket over black trousers with a black tie and cummerbund. If you remember from the previous article, a cummerbund was a gathered fabric band that was worn above the waistline.

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Book cover of Bridal Fashion 1900 - 1950 by Kathleen York
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