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.
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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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.
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.
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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