1923 Elegant Bridal Gown

1923 Bride in elegant straight light fabric with white beaded pattern on gown and wearing a large headpiece with puffy netting and a pearl bead crown.
1923 Bride in elegant beaded gown

Bridal Gown

This elegant bride was married in Chicago in 1923. I am estimating that is the year because her dress and headpiece reflect an Egyptian influence. King Tut’s tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. This exciting discovery had a big impact on the fashion designers and soon everyone had “Tut-mania.” Everything reflected the designers’ ideas of Egyptian style even though most of them were not authentically Egyptian.

Skirt of Bridal Gown showing detailed beading creating an Egyptian-style decoration
Skirt of Bridal Gown showing detailed beading creating an Egyptian – style decoration

The bridal gown is ankle length thin white silk crepe decorated with small white beads. This was a popular style of evening gown during the early 1920s. Women gave up their tight corsets and embraced the loose, cylindrical shape. The focus was on the beauty of the fabric and the beaded pattern. This Flapper-style dress shows the pattern of beads on the fabric that was typical for the early 1920s.

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Bridal gown with scooped neckline and split sleeves trimmed with rows of small white beads.
Bridal gown with scooped neckline and split sleeves

This bride’s dress has a scooped neckline, and elbow-length sleeves that are split down the length and held together in two spots. Both the neckline and center sleeve edges are decorated with several rows of white beads. The fabric hangs straight down from the shoulders, with no waistline definition, to just above the ankles. The front has a delicate pattern of pseudo-Egyptian design in white beads. The beads form a horizontal band around the hips, decorated by 2 round broaches.

Bridal Headpiece

The bridal headpiece in a fantasy "Egyptian" style with pearls on wire creating a crown and net puff behind
The bridal headpiece — fantasy “Egyptian” style

The bridal headpiece is a designer’ extreme fantasy “Egyptian” headpiece. There is a front decoration of pearls on wire that goes around her forehead just above the eyebrows. Behind that is a large gathered and puffed netting Poof. The veil hangs down from that to from the train.

The bride also wears a single strand of pearls and elbow-length white gloves. Her shoes are low heels with a T-strap.

Bridal Bouquet

Bridal bouquet with "water fall" of ribbons with flower buds tied on hanging down from the bouquet.
Bridal bouquet with “water fall” of ribbons with buds tied on

The large bridal bouquet is made of white roses and one white calla lily with a wide sheer white ribbon. Hanging from the bouquet are thin white ribbons with small white flower buds and greenery tied on. This was called a “water fall” and was popular during the early 1900s.

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Book cover of Bridal Fashion 1900 - 1950 by Kathleen York.
American Bridal Fashion 1900 – 1950

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