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100 Fabulous Years Of Wedding Gowns

Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride

"I see myself as a true modernist. Even when I do a traditional gown, I give it a modern twist. I go to the past for research. I need to know what came before so I can break the rules." ~ Vera Wang

It is always fascinating to see vintage photos of relatives in their wedding attire. Great-grandmothers, grandmothers, mothers, all young and beautiful wearing unique and fabulous gowns of the day adorned with accompanying accessories that were so different and yet so wonderful. The bridal gown has certainly changed often throughout the years both in colour and style. In this segment we are going to take a look at 100 fabulous years of wedding gowns.


Oftentimes I have mentioned that the bride's gown is "la pièce de résistance" of every wedding day. The anticipation of seeing the beautiful bride walk down the aisle decked out in her fabulous regalia is shared by everyone, young and old.


Elizabeth Taylor In Father Of The Bride

Elizabeth Taylor In Father Of The Bride

The White Wedding Gown

In western cultures, the use of wearing white wedding gowns was popularized in the 19th Century by Queen Victoria of England. However many, many years ago brides did not wear white. During the middle ages, brides dressed according to status. For example, if you came from a family of wealth or nobility, chances are that you would wear elaborate gowns in rich fabrics such as silks or velvet. The colours would be as equally rich such as burgundy, dark green, blue or maroon. Brides that hailed from poorer families would generally wear the very best pieces of clothing they had on their wedding day.

Queen Victoria In Her White Wedding Gown

Queen Victoria In Her White Wedding Gown

Circa 1910 to 1919

The elegance of the Edwardian era had ended approximately around the year 1910. It was also a few short years before the start of WW1. Although still influenced by the romantic Edwardian style, wedding gown fashions were once again changing.


The style of the day was comprised predominantly of empire waisted dresses. This type of dress had a waistline raised above its' natural positioning and rested primarily just below the bust. The bottom or skirt part of the dress was generally straight and tight and the empire style also gave an appearance of added height and helped women in masking bottom heavy issues. They accessorized their dress with large and often heavy hats. These dresses and hats were probably not conducive to comfortability but really, isn't that what fashion has always been about?

Circa 1910 Bride With Brdesmaids

Circa 1910 Bride With Brdesmaids

Circa 1920 to 1929

"The Roaring Twenties" came in at full speed following World War I. This was indeed a time of cultural changes and most certainly a time of prosperity. The United States and certain parts of Europe experienced great economic growth. Perspectives and attitudes had also changed and it could be seen through music, dances such as the Charleston, hairstyles, and of course, fashions.

When I think of wedding dresses from the 1920s my mind always envisions styles from The Great Gatsby. Generally the dresses of this happy go lucky era had dropped waists and shapeless bodices. Some brides wore their dresses around ankle length especially if they were getting married in a church. Others wore their dresses in the typical "flapper" style of the day that were short, (slightly above the knee). Their headpieces were worn relatively low and above the eyebrow.

1920 Full Length Wedding Gown

1920 Full Length Wedding Gown

Flapper Style Wedding Dress

Flapper Style Wedding Dress

Circa 1930 to 1939

On the heels of the 1920s arrived the fashionable 1930s. This decade exuded sheer elegance and of course glamour. With the starlets, movies and fashions coming out of Hollywood, you would never have known that the world was in the midst of The Great Depression following the Stock Market Crash of 1929. If you envision actresses of the day like Carole Lombard, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo you could see their onscreen fashion influenced the styles of bridal gowns as well.


Wedding dresses were primarily bias cut, fitted, sleeveless, had low cut backs, plunging necklines, and the waistlines at this point in time went back to normal. Rich fabrics such as silks and satins were generally used although these types of fabrics were most certainly not flattering to every body type. Headpieces were reminiscent of cloche cap styles worn in the 1920s however updated to reflect the style of the day.

Circa 1930 Bridal Party

Circa 1930 Bridal Party

Ginger Rogers In Her Wedding Gown

Ginger Rogers In Her Wedding Gown

Circa 1940 to 1949

The war years brought about many changes in fashions and fabrics. People were conscientious about conserving certain fabrics for the war effort and some materials were restricted for use. However, synthetic fabrics such as viscose rayon satin were being used.


Bridal gowns in the forties were primarily broad shouldered, slim wasted or basque waisted with a sweetheart neckline. Gowns were fairly simple with very little beading and frills. Headpieces used at this time were beaded or wax flower crowns, and decorative hats or caps with veils. Some brides chose to do away with extravagant white bridal gowns altogether. Instead, many brides during the war years chose to wear a lovely suit adorned with a corsage.

Queen Elizabeth II In Her Wedding Gown 1947

Queen Elizabeth II In Her Wedding Gown 1947

Circa 1940 A Bride In Her Wedding Day Suit

Circa 1940 A Bride In Her Wedding Day Suit

Circa 1950 to 1959

When I think about the 1950s, I often associate it with the introduction of the television; the advent of the post war baby boom; and the dawning of middle class suburbia fully equipped with the perfect nuclear family and the ever present domestic diva decked out in heels, pearls, perfectly coiffed hair, and of course, an apron. Okay, maybe that was just June Cleaver.


Weddings were once again in full swing and designers in Europe were sketching away their latest bridal designs. When we picture bridal gowns in the 1950s, it is pretty difficult not to associate the style of the day with the beautiful gown worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the classic Father of The Bride. Another huge influence was the real life fairy tale wedding of actress Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier of Monaco. Every bride-to-be wanted to emulate these famous ladies by wearing the same type of wedding gown. The gowns of the 1950s had an hourglass appearance with long sleeves and full skirts often accompanied by crinolines or hoop skirts. The shoulders were often rounded, the bust line tended to be more on the pointed side and the dress had a pinched waistline. Lace fabrics were often used during this era as well. Decorative skull caps with veils were generally used for headpieces.

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco Circa 1950s

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco Circa 1950s

Circa 1960 to 1969

When I think of the sixties, movies like To Sir With Love and The Graduate come to mind. I think of bands like The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and The Mamas and The Papas to name a few. I think of changes in both social and political views. I think of hippies and mods. I think of varying fashions like mini skirts, go-go boots and beehive hairdos. But, above all else, I think of the graceful elegance of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. She epitomized the fashion of the first part of the decade with her pillbox hats and perfect suits. She was the first to make sleeveless gowns and opera length gloves sophisticated and glamorous.


Many bridal gowns reflected the various style variations throughout the decade with lengths shifting from mini to maxi to midi. In the early sixties bridal gowns were cap sleeved, scooped neck, banded waist bubble sheath style. By the mid sixties mini skirt style bridal gowns were being worn in some circles but not entirely accepted. The A-line cage gown was a more popular style. The gown essentially had no waist and had no defined shoulders. Also, the dress came sleeveless worn with gloves or three quarter length sleeves. In the latter half of the sixties wedding gowns took on a caftan like appearance with bell sleeves, Watteau trains draped from the shoulders and ankle length hemlines. Although not yet quite popular, towards the end of the decade, bridal gowns were ankle length and reminiscent of the "flower power" style of the subsequent decade of the seventies. Oftentimes these dresses were accompanied by real floral wreaths as headpieces.

Jacqueline Kennedy On Her Wedding Day Circa 1960s

Jacqueline Kennedy On Her Wedding Day Circa 1960s

Elvis And Priscilla Presley On Their Wedding Day Circa 1960s

Elvis And Priscilla Presley On Their Wedding Day Circa 1960s

Circa 1970 to 1979

The seventies was a decade of extremes. We started off with the first part of the decade devoted to "flower power" and the latter part of the decade was dedicated to "disco fever". Yes, it was a decade where polyester, knits and funky prints abounded. There were various styles of bridal gowns introduced in the seventies.


Weddings in the first part of the seventies were diverse and often informal which strongly reflected the "Flower Power" or "Hippie" attitudes. Many gowns were loose and made of a light muslin fabric and were cost friendly. Mini dresses and shift dresses were also quite popular. For the more formal dress the Tudor style gown with flowing, wide sleeves were worn. The style was popularized by Princess Anne when she married Mark Phillips in London, England. The wide sleeves replaced the tight sleeved gowns of the previous decades. The gowns also had a more flared princess line, with little or no train. As we approached the mid-seventies we saw a shift once again in bridal fashions. We saw the advent of the Column dress. The gowns were essentially shapeless bodices with high collars and fabrics such as heavy satins were used. As the seventies came to a close, we saw the rebirth of couture dresses and the formal ball gown was the desired choice. This was indeed the foreshadowing of things to come in the 1980s.

Princess Anne On Her Wedding Day Circa 1970s

Princess Anne On Her Wedding Day Circa 1970s

"Flower Power" Wedding Gown

"Flower Power" Wedding Gown

Circa 1980 to 1989

The eighties was certainly a decade of excess. When I think of the eighties I think of Madonna, Boy George, Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper amongst a plethora of equally memorable bands. Movies like The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pretty In Pink, The Color Purple and When Harry Met Sally, (to name a few) were all the rage. Also, everyone was glued to the television to watch one of their many favourite shows like Dallas and Dynasty! Who could forget the fashions? We endured a decade with big hair, neon colours, jelly shoes, leg warmers, stirrup pants, leggings, huge shoulder pads, parachute pants, acid washed jeans and skirts, denim jackets, and of course, the baggy, colourful blazer with rolled up sleeves popularized by the police drama Miami Vice. Yes, we had the preppie, the new wave and the punk rock looks. Somehow, it just wouldn't end, ( just kidding). After all, the fashions from the eighties are making a comeback.


As with everything else, the bridal gown styles were also changing. The first part of the decade we saw the trend of Victorian style dresses with high lace collars and hats for headpieces. The romantic gowns were made of light, delicate, and translucent chiffons that fell softly around the feet. In some instances it seemed as though "less is more" was not the mantra of the wedding fashions of the eighties. We were then introduced towards the mid-eighties to bridal gowns that were bigger and somewhat more ostentatious than ever. Many were adorned with sequins and pearl beaded satin acetate gowns. When I think of bridal gown fashions during this period of the decade the extravagant and incredibly beautiful Emmanuel gown that the late Princess Diana wore on her wedding day comes to mind. I remember waking up in the wee hours of the morning with my mother to watch the sumptuous day unfold. I will never forget how transformed and beautiful she looked. She epitomized our childhood fantasies of a true fairy tale princess. No sooner did Lady Diana display her elaborate sleeved, ivory silk taffeta dress that all the knockoffs were being produced. Every bride wanted to look like her. By the time the eighties wound down, sexy and glamorous sheath style wedding dresses with lots of detailed beadwork, sequins and glitz were making the scene.

The Late Princess Diana Wedding Circa 1981

The Late Princess Diana Wedding Circa 1981

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Carol Alt In Wedding Gown Circa 1980s

Carol Alt In Wedding Gown Circa 1980s

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Circa 1990 to 1999

When I think of the nineties, I think of Huge Cell Phones. I think of the World Wide Web. I think of movies such as Titanic and Goodwill Hunting. I think of music that included boy and girl bands like Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls. Who could forget Pokémon, Tamagotchis and the Furby? This decade also brought us fashions like colourful clothes, butterfly clips, overalls, scrunchies, lots of denim, the grunge look, the hip hop look , Blossom inspired hats and so on.


However, bridal gowns during the first part of the nineties were still reflective of the eighties. Sleeves were still exaggerated and the ball gown skirts with bows were still quite popular. The nineties gown was modified with a dropped waistline that fell to the hips and had a full, flared skirt. As we moved towards the mid-nineties dress designs with off the shoulder styles were slowly becoming popular. We also saw the introduction of tightly fitted and sculpted corset type bodices. Thicker and stiffer fabrics allowed for more details such as a variety of appliqués and beading. As the decade came to a close, we saw a trend towards softer more fluid materials. Bridal gowns became sexier and brides were wearing gowns that were strapless, sleeveless or had plunging necklines.

Wedding Gown Circa 1990

Wedding Gown Circa 1990

The New Millennium

The new millennium has brought about many political, technological and environmental changes. It has also brought about changes in individual attitudes about many things including marriage and weddings.


For those couples planning a wedding nowadays, it has become more about showcasing their personalities and personal styles. Today couples want to place a unique stamp on their wedding plans, from the very lavish and glamorous to the simplest affair and this includes the outlook towards wedding gown selections as well.


In this new century, the dominating bridal gown style has been feminine and strapless. It seems that virtually every bride is wearing some form of strapless dress. We have also seen detailed, mermaid style halter dresses that flare out at the knees. We have seen rosette adorned, one shouldered ball gown styles. Of course, we can't forget the simple elegance of Kate Middleton's lace wedding gown. Her dress was certainly a welcomed and unexpected change.


Moving forward, couples are incorporating influences from years gone by with a modern element. We are also seeing more themed weddings with the use of costume type attire. There are also trends towards combining colour with the wedding gown. Although gowns are still primarily white or ivory, some brides are adding some faint colours. Also, pale coloured accessories such as jewelry are being used. Wedding gowns are continuing to develop in both fabrics and styles. It will be interesting to see what fabulous bridal gown trends will develop throughout this Millennium.

Kate Middleton In Wedding Gown

Kate Middleton In Wedding Gown

Modern Bridal Gown With Splash of Colour

Modern Bridal Gown With Splash of Colour

Modern Bridal Gown

Modern Bridal Gown

Finally........

Every decade provided its own personality when it came to bridal gowns. As the years moved forward influences from the past were creatively infused into the style of the day. Bridal fashion trends continue to shift in shapes and styles with some pushing the fashion envelope. I hope you have enjoyed this tiny peek into 100 fabulous years of bridal gowns.

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Comments

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on December 16, 2013:

Thank you so much for stopping by bobkaiser300 I really appreciate it! It's true, there will be many new and great designs in the future. Take care. -Rose

Joseph Kaiser from Daytona Beach, Florida on December 16, 2013:

They say there are tons of wedding designers out there creating beautiful wedding dresses and trying to outdo each other. There looks like there are going to be plenty of new great designs in the future!

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on August 19, 2013:

Well look at it this way Colin, one more day to relax and then you're back to your usual schedule. I hope you enjoy your "brown pops' and vinyls. There is nothing more peaceful and calming. Take care! -Rose

epigramman on August 19, 2013:

It should be ready (the car) by tomorrow so as I am stuck here again - lol, well it's a good place to be stuck especially in the summertime, I brought one little lion cub around as I like having Gabe in the front by the deck at night when he is tied up.

I am having a few brown pops and listening to my vinyl album collection - just playing now - Miles Davis live at Carnegie Hall, next up

Surf's Up by the Beach Boys - a classic album from 1971

lake erie time 9:48pm

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on August 19, 2013:

Hello Colin and my kitty crew! You are always so supportive and kind, I sincerely appreciate it. The view from your home sounds amazing with the full moon over the lake. I find your description of Tiffy and Gabe as lion cubs so adorable, lol. It must be awesome to have a car again. If you are going to work tonight, take it easy, if not, enjoy the beautiful full moon. Take care and many hugs and kisses to you, Tiffy and Colin. -Rose

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on August 19, 2013:

Thank you so much for stopping by Jackie. I really appreciate your kind words. Take care and have a lovely evening. -Rose

epigramman on August 19, 2013:

I just had ROSE THE PLANNER night on Facebook and posted three of your hub presentations in a row on my Facebook wall for everyone to see and read. Currently gazing at a gorgeous sight - the full moon shining over the lake and out now to check on my two little lion cubs in the back jungle , lol. Big hugs from the three of us to you courtesy of Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time 8:58pm

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 19, 2013:

Some real beauties. It would be really hard to pick a favorite and I even love some of the more modern ones. Awesome and beautiful.

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on August 03, 2013:

Thank you so much for stopping by vespawoolf, I really appreciate it. I agree, Jackie Kennedy's dress was beautiful and of course Princess Diana was stunning as well. Take care and have a lovely weekend. -Rose

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 03, 2013:

I really enjoyed reading this history of bridal gowns and the beautiful photos you chose. I love Jackie Kennedy's dress, and who doesn't remember the late Princess Diana's gorgeous dress? I also love the modern look. These dresses really did reflect the style of the day. Thank you!

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 31, 2013:

Thank you for stopping by Victoria Lynn, I really appreciate it. Take care. -Rose

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on July 31, 2013:

This is so cool! I love looking at the photos!

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 30, 2013:

Thank you so much for stopping by Sunshine 625, I really appreciate it! Take care and have a wonderful evening!

-Rose

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 30, 2013:

My favorite wedding dress was Kate Middleton's. What an awesome blast from the past and present with your selection of wedding gowns!

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 15, 2013:

Thank you so much for stopping by FlourishAnyway. I sincerely appreciate your kind words and vote up. Grace Kelly is also one of my favourites. She will always remain a timeless beauty. Take care and have a wonderful day!

-Rose

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 15, 2013:

A fabulous step through wedding gown history. I loved the contrasts, although my personal favorite was probably Grace Kelly's. Voted way up.

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 14, 2013:

Thank you so much for stopping by Better Yourself and for your kind words, I appreciate it! Yes it's true, it really is amazing how fashions change throughout the years. I love Kate Middleton's dress also. Take care! -Rose

Better Yourself from North Carolina on July 14, 2013:

I enjoyed your hub, how much fun to look back at all the different styles! Grace Kelly - OMG love her dress! And Kate Middleton! I love the lace sleeves, both dresses are so elegant and beautiful. It amazes me how much fashion changes over the years! Great job!

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 14, 2013:

Colin, it is always a pleasure when you drop by. I wanted to let you know that I am enjoying your awesome books. i will have to let others know. I am so glad to hear that the weather is great back home which is perfect for sitting on the deck by the lake sipping a cup of tea whilst enjoying an awesome slice of cheesecake with passion fruit glaze. I am sure that Miss Tiffy, Mister Gabriel and your new tenant on the roof, are totally enjoying themselves, lol. I am so sorry to hear about your health issues. I hope they haven't been causing too many problems for you. I empathize with you, it is really tough when you don't feel 100%. I am glad to hear that writing is a good form of therapy for you and that you are able to share your talent with everyone. Well, when you are not feeling well or feeling a little down, you can always depend an a healing virtual hug from me. Collin, I hope you enjoy the rest of the day and once again thank you for your continued support and friendship. I am sending you and my furry buddies lots of hugs!

-Rose

epigramman on July 14, 2013:

Good afternoon my ravishing Rose I just dropped by to say hello from the cats and I and yes 'Maggie' or 'Tarzan' because he climbs trees to get there is still up and owning my roof.

I just came out of the water on a typical mid-July day when the weather is sunny and perfect.

I am here to thank you very much for purchasing my books and as you can imagine writing is a form of therapy for me with my depression, anxiety and high blood pressure so to have such a great writer and nice person take the time to buy them is a dream come true for me.

I am sending you my warmest wishes and good thoughts from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time ontario 2:34pm with a nice cuppa tea and some cheesecake with passion fruit glaze and greek yogurt and Rose it is to die for, lol, well I just made love to the entire world.

And when I'm here I will post and link this awesome hub once again to my FB wall

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 13, 2013:

Thank you so much for stopping by marissacreange and for your kind words, I sincerely appreciate it! It is so true that dresses have changed so much throughout the years but they all have a certain unique beauty about them. Take care and have an awesome weekend! -Rose

marissacreange from Allentown, Pennsylvania on July 13, 2013:

I really enjoyed this. It's amazing to see how far they have come and the different fashions for all the different decades. Finding the right wedding dress for yourself is such an important detail of your wedding. Every woman wants to feel their most beautiful on their wedding day. I loved all of the pictures you added, very well put together! Excited to read more.

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 12, 2013:

Colin, you are so welcome! It is so important to support each other . Thank you for your kind wishes as well. I will still be checking in on HubPages everyday, so keep an eye out for my superb comments, lol! So, as soon as I can later on today, I will buy me some Epi classics........can't wait. Lots of hugs! -Rose

epigramman on July 12, 2013:

Thank you for your support, friendship and your beautiful heart Rose and please have a nice time when you're out of town and a safe trip back home.

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 12, 2013:

Awesome! I guess I should have figured that one out, lol. By the way, I still buy some hard covers but I buy mostly e-books now anyway. Thanks and take care! -Rose

epigramman on July 12, 2013:

Just go to my hubs Rose - I have four books Funny, Romance, Children and Beauty - click the link down below the picture of the book and it should take you directly to Amazon. They are only $2.99 each and they are e-books for now until I can turn them into a 'real' book-book.

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 12, 2013:

Thank you for stopping by Collin I really appreciate it. I think it is so incredible that you discovered a sleeping cat on your roof. I hope that the cat's name is not Maggie and you don't have a "tin roof", lol! Colin I would love nothing more than to play Lotto 649 and share the winnings with you but it will have to,wait until I get back as I am still out of town. If you should play anyway, I hope you win it all so you can make all your dreams a reality and that you will always have your beautiful home by the lake. I am glad to hear that you are off for the weekend so you can relax and enjoy yourself. I usually check the weather back home but I haven't had a chance. I am assuming that it is going to be a nice couple of days. You never did get back to me about your books so I guess I will have to search for them myself.....Colin! Anyway, have an amazing couple of days and hugs and kisses to you, Tiffy, Gabe and, oh ya, the new kitty on the "Hot Tin Roof". -Rose

epigramman on July 12, 2013:

Good afternoon my ravishing Rose and thank you for dropping by and saying hello and checking out my new piece. It's 1:31pm lake erie time and I woke up a little earlier today from my night shift sleep to an absolutely gorgeous sunny day which is warm enough because there is very little breeze off the lake. The shoreline is covered with seaweed but once you wade beyond it - the water is quite clear - typical mid-July scenario.

I was just up on my leaky roof making an inspection and you'll never guess what I saw - a sleeping cat. He is very friendly and he didn't even move so I just left him alone. I think he is a male cat and has his eyes on my two and maybe the reason for him staking his place up on my roof, lol.

So it is lunchtime now and I am off for the weekend until Monday night again.

I need to win a lottery to save my place here - so would you like to play saturday night 649 with me and we will split the 3.5 million if lucky - here are my three numbers 6 14 28

pick three of your own if you're in and I will play a ticket for us tomorrow night.

When I am here I will post and link your most perfect hub presentation to my FB wall again and have an awesome weekend and hopefully your lovely city of T.O. will stay dry now.

hugs of the most Canadian kind from the three of us at lake erie time 1:40pm

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 12, 2013:

Hello Mathira, thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words, I truly appreciate it! Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

mathira from chennai on July 11, 2013:

rose, this was one of most researched hub about wedding gowns I have ever read. It was a visual treat and also made interesting reading. Thanks for sharing.

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 11, 2013:

Thank you so much for stopping by Hendrika, I really appreciate it. That is really quite interesting about the bridal dress style in South Africa during the Sixties. I think you are right, unfortunately, censorship can affect even something as simple as bridal fashions in certain countries. Take care and have a wonderful day! -Rose

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on July 11, 2013:

I found this very interesting. It seems that because we (South Africans) were more isolated from the rest of the world with no TV, heavily censored movies and books. Our fashions developed a little different. In the sixties the empire line was almost the only style of any dress. Empire style and SHORT, except that wedding gowns were long. And, of course, the hair in curls on your head with the veil draped over it.

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 09, 2013:

Thank you so much for stopping by Dim Flaxenwick and for your kind words and vote up! I sincerely appreciate it! Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on July 09, 2013:

This was truly a fantastic piece of work.

Loved all the amazing pics you used. Very, very readable, enjoyable hub.

Thanks for all your hard work. This was fabulous.

UP and all the buttons except funny.

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 04, 2013:

Thank you so much justmesuzanne, I really appreciate your visit and vote up. Take care and I hope your 4th of July s going well! -Rose

justmesuzanne from Texas on July 04, 2013:

A lovely look at traditional wedding dresses! Voted up and interesting! :)

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 02, 2013:

Thank you so much pstraubie48 for stopping by and for your kind words and support. I really appreciate it! I agree, Sex and the City was a lot of fun watching and the gowns were certainly over the top. Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 02, 2013:

You highlighted each era so well and for some periods of time it was a walk down memory lane. The elegance and beauty is timeless in so many of these gorgeous dresses. Watching Sex and the City the movie was fun just to see the many over the top gowns displayed.

thanks for sharing.. Pinned

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 30, 2013:

Hello younghopes, thank you so much for stopping by. I really appreciate your kind words and vote up. Take care and have a wonderful day! -Rose

Shadaan Alam from India on June 30, 2013:

Oh my god...what a wonderful hub, it is like going down the memory lane, i haven't won a wedding gown in my wedding i simply adore these a lot, the pics are just fabulous, voted up

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 29, 2013:

Hello Colin it is so nice to hear from you! LOL, I have to agree, why do we not have a "hetero" parade?!? The sun has been trying to peek out here all day but tomorrow is supposed to be a better day. Holy, yesterday there was so much rain here thank goodness we didn't get much today. Seriously, I have to agree I don't know where the heck the time has gone. Before you know it, September will be here. Well I hope you have an awesome day and an amazing Canada Day weekend. I am actually off now to get ready for a family Engagement Party this evening. Hugs and kisses to you, Tiffy and Gabe. -Rose

epigramman on June 29, 2013:

Good afternoon Rose from Colin and Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel at lake erie time ontario 2:17pm and I just dropped by to wish you a Happy Canada day weekend and I often think of it as halfway through 'adult' summer already - my my where does the time go?

I was laughing respectfully at the two parades before the big one on Sunday - the trans-gender parade and the dyke march - what don't they allow us to have a Heterosexual march, lol, where we can display our body parts too, lol.

That was quite a rain event yesterday wasn't it and into the evening but it has cleared up here today with sun and cloud and dry skies but also with a cooler air.

Out now to check on my two furried buddies who love their fresh air and freedom - 3 big Canada hugs to you my ravishing Rose from the three of us

And every time I arrive here I post your hub presentation to my FB page

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 28, 2013:

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words. I really appreciate it. Take care and have an awesome weekend! -Rose

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 28, 2013:

Thank you for such a detailed and interesting hub, Rose! I loved reading about how the image of the perfect wedding dress has changed over the years. The gowns in the photos are so beautiful.

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 28, 2013:

Thank you so much for stopping by DDE. I really appreciate your kind words. Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 28, 2013:

Wow! Incredible hub on 100 Fabulous Years Of Wedding Gowns, such an amazing idea and the gowns are so beautiful but has changed in many forms, a creative mind with lots of beauty to show for it here.

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 26, 2013:

Hello Theresa, thank you so much for stopping by. I truly appreciate your kind words. Take care! -Rose

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on June 26, 2013:

Good evening Rose. Just came by for another look. This really is such a well done hub. I am glad your hard work and creativity are getting the attention they deserve. Blessings. Theresa

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 26, 2013:

Thank you for stopping by and for your vote up Rajan, it is always appreciated! I agree, wedding gowns are definitely fascinating. Take care! -Rose

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 26, 2013:

Interesting to see how the bridal gowns have evolved over the decades. Wedding gowns have always fascinated me. They look so beautiful.

Voted up.

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 26, 2013:

Hello Colin, Tiffy and Gabe! It is always so nice when you drop by. Yes, this hub is doing better than I thought and thank you so much for your support. I hope you had a pleasant slumber after an evening at work and I hope your dreams were nice ones. Another hot day in the city but at least the sun is shining brightly. Mayor Ford made an appearance launching the festivities yesterday but apparently he won't attend again because he spends it with his family at the cottage every year. I just , don't get it! He should be doing everything in his power to gain support instead he is alienating every group. I may be a heterosexual individual but I still think it is important to support the Gay community and all groups that make up this city. So, I think the Mayor above everybody else should be visible and supportive of every group, including his crack cocaine suppliers, lol! You're too funny. Lots of great big hugs!

-Rose

epigramman on June 26, 2013:

Good afternoon Rose and I just awoke from night shift sleep with some really crazy surrealistic dreams still in my head, lol, from my REM sleep.

So it's good to have my first coffee and get back into real life and hang out with you for awhile and send 3 big Ontarian hugs from C and T and G.

I am so happy about your hub presentation - it must be one of the most popular hubs at the moment and I just knew it would be a success so as I always do - I will post and link it once again on my FB page for more to see .... it's currently 12:30 pm and a lovely fresh sunny day with that heavenly southwest breeze off the lake.

I heard that Mayor Ford, once again, is not marching in the gay parade LIKE ALL OF THE OTHER mayors who did march in the parade - I can't believe it - I hope the gay community vote him out in the next election - is this guy homophobic or what? The mayor is supposed to stand up for all people including the ones who supply him his crack cocaine, lol lol lol , but the way where the heck is that 'smoking gun' video that the Toronto Star reporters claimed to have seen?

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 26, 2013:

Thank you so much for stopping by Cyber Shelley and for your kind words. I truly appreciate it. Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

Shelley Watson on June 26, 2013:

What a truly wonderful hub and the history it brings to life again. Thank you for showing us these wonderful gowns. Up, beautiful, interesting and awesome.

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 25, 2013:

Hello Always Exploring, thank you for visiting again, it is truly appreciated! I agree the brides are all stunning. I think one of my favourites is The Late Princess Grace of Monaco but The Late Princess Diana was also gorgeous. Take care! -Rose

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 25, 2013:

I must tell you that Colin ( our dear Epi ) asked me to visit this hub and i am so glad he did, Seeing some of my favorite people in their wedding dresses made my evening complete. I especially liked Queen Elizabeth's gown and Jackie Kennedy, and a BIG plus is Elvis's bride Priscillia, of course Princess Diana is my favorite. It is amazing how much the gowns have changed over the years. Your hub is beautiful. Thank you..Cheers..

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 25, 2013:

Hello Colin, so nice to hear from you. Yes, there has been a great response and thank you so much for your support, you are so sweet. It has been a rainy and hot day here as well. I hope you have a pleasant evening at work, don't work too hard. Hugs to you, Tiffy and Gabe. Take care! -Rose

epigramman on June 25, 2013:

Hi Rose and good evening - I am so pleased that you are receiving such a big response here. Well I am off to work in another hour here at 8:35pm and are you expecting showers tonight? I keep my radio tuned in at 680 am all news radio when I am driving to work.

It's been a blah day here with no sun in sight but still humid.

Every time I arrive here I always share your presentation again on FB and that way it is seen by different people in different time zones.

3 big Canadian hugs to you from the three of us - Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel while having a cuppa of peppermint - beer and chicken wings after work when I'm home again in the morning

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 25, 2013:

Hello careermommy, thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate you stopping by. Take care and have a wonderful evening. -Rose

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on June 25, 2013:

Wow! What a beautiful hub. I love hearing about the history of wedding gowns. Your pictures are so lovely. You put a lot of thought and attention to this hub.

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 25, 2013:

Hello Kathleen, thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words. I really appreciate it. Take care and have a fantastic day! -Rose

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 25, 2013:

I know you came of your own free will Cat, because after all, who listens to Colin anyway, lol, just kidding, he's amazing! Your great Cat! Take care and have a wonderful day! -Rose

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 25, 2013:

Thank you so much Karen for visiting and for your kind words! I really appreciate it. It was a lot of fun putting this hub together. Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on June 25, 2013:

What a very interesting and well done hub. Wish we saw more of this kind of effort on HP. This took a great deal of research and construction. Sharing.

Cat from New York on June 25, 2013:

Thank you Rose, that's sweet of you to say. (And I swear, I wasn't dragged here... lol)

Have an awesome day!

Cat

Karen Hellier from Georgia on June 25, 2013:

For those romantics in the crowd, this hub was a real treat. It amazes me that you were able to find so many pictures. And your descriptions of each decade took a lot of thought. Wonderful job. Voted up, interesting and awesome!

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 25, 2013:

Hello mamarou, thank you so much for your visit. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was indeed the true essence of elegance. Take care and have a wonderful day! -Rose

mamarou from Sherwood, OR on June 25, 2013:

I love weddings, and wedding gowns. I think that Mrs. Kennedy is the most beautiful of all, at least in the United States. It's hard to outdo Princess Diana else where!

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 25, 2013:

Hello Frank, thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words. I truly appreciate it. Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 25, 2013:

Rose what a great idea for a hub and some of these photos are breath-taking fabulous voted up and awesome :)

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 25, 2013:

Thank you so much vibesites for stopping by, I really appreciate it. I agree that Princess Kate and Princess Grace look stunning. They both have a timeless beauty about them, especially the late Princess Grace of Monaco. Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 25, 2013:

Hello moonlake, how sweet! Thank you so much for your kind words, I really appreciate it. Take care and have a great day! -Rose

vibesites from United States on June 25, 2013:

Grace Kelly and Princess Kate's wedding gowns are similar in a way. And both are beautiful. Thanks for posting this wonderful hub, taking us back in time to what weddings in the past (esp. in the early 20th century -- i like the wedding headdress in the 1920s a lot) looked like. Up and interesting.

moonlake from America on June 25, 2013:

Love your hub this is the kind of Hub that deserves HOTD. Beautiful voted up and shared.

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 25, 2013:

Au fait, thank you so much for your wonderful words and support! I really appreciate that you took the time to stop by! Take care and have and have an amazing day! -Rose

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 25, 2013:

LOL, Colin is certainly a sweetheart and he has been very supportive. Whether he dragged you or not, (lol), I still enjoy your visits! Take care! -Rose

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 25, 2013:

Cat, thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words and support! I really appreciate it! I love the story about your mother's wedding gown. I am sure that when you tie the knot, you will be radiant in your own beautiful "non-cotton" bridal gown. Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

Cat from New York on June 24, 2013:

P.S. For the record, I've had this open for a couple of hours but hadn't a chance to get to it yet... I just caught Colin's comment which is making me feel like I had to be dragged over here... lol.

But, he certainly has been tooting your horn, he is good for that and you will learn to love him quickly if you don't already! :D

Cat from New York on June 24, 2013:

Rose,

This is excellent and not once was I compelled to cry! lol

Oh how I enjoyed the many different wedding gowns with the passing time and the history you included is awesome! I truly enjoyed this!

Back in 1979, my mother wore a cotton, homemade wedding dress; I'd have never know that's what it even was if I wasn't told so. Needless to say, if the day ever comes that I get married... I will not be wearing my mother's wedding 'gown' :D

I hit just about every button on this page and I'm sharing too!

Cat

C E Clark from North Texas on June 24, 2013:

Fabulous photos! A really wonderful article and I very much enjoyed seeing and reading about these gowns and the history. I noticed this hub in the feed earlier and decided then that it would be my choice to read when I finally got a few minutes to respond to comments.

I try to set aside time everyday for responding to the people who have taken time to honor me by reading and commenting on my hubs, and with 50-80 comments waiting for me daily, you can see that it would take every minute of every day if I did nothing but that, which I cannot do because of other commitments, so I am a bit late sometimes compared to people who make HP their main occupation. Yet I do so very much appreciate the attention people here on HP give my hubs and so I may get to people slowly, but I do try to get to every single one even if it does take a few days sometimes.

Anyway, I really love this hub and I'm voting it up, BAI, I'm going to share it with my followers, and I've already pinned it on my "Weddings" board.

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 24, 2013:

Hello Collin, I really appreciate all of your support! Actually, I wasn't sure how this hub would be received but I am pretty surprised with the response. It must be nice to be by the lake on a hot evening. Tiffy and Gabe must be so thrilled when you get home from work. Once again, thank you so much and enjoy the lake breezes! Take care and hugs and kisses to the kitties. -Rose

epigramman on June 24, 2013:

Hi Rose - just home from work on a hot night by the lake - the southwest breeze which was so lovely earlier has died down but there is a gorgeous full moon over the lake and an after work beer and two happy pussycats and some righteous jazz playing with the music of Thelonious Monk.

I am so happy you had a great response here and I posted your hub on FB again - still waiting for the 'legendary' Cat to show - wait and I will go and get her , lol, and sending you to my warmest wishes from C and T and G at lake erie time 11:57pm

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 24, 2013:

Thank you so much for your visit Theresa and your kind words! Take care! -Rose

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on June 24, 2013:

A great hub. What a wonderful trip through history via the ever changing wedding gown. You selected great examples in simply lovely photographs. Theresa

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 24, 2013:

Thank you for stopping by Midget38, I really appreciate it. Take care! -Rose

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 24, 2013:

Thank you for stopping by Levertis, I really appreciate it. I'm with you, I think the modern dresses are definitely far more varied and sexier. Take care! -Rose

Michelle Liew from Singapore on June 24, 2013:

Thanks for this showcase of wedding Ashton through the years!

Levertis Steele from Southern Clime on June 24, 2013:

The women did look larger in the gowns of the past, but they still looked elegant, and I could see the beauty of the time period in the gowns. However, the modern gowns seem simpler to make, but flashier and sexier.

Interesting!

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 24, 2013:

Thank you so much Just Ask Susan for stopping by and for your kind words and the vote up. Yes, Kate looks lovely and Grace Kelly was stunningly beautiful. Take care and have a wonderful day! -Rose

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 24, 2013:

Kathryn, thank you so much for your kind words and support, I really appreciate it. It is always interesting to look back and to see how styles keep evolving . Once again, thank you! Take care and have a great day! -Rose

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on June 24, 2013:

Your hub makes me want to go out and do it all over again :)

My favorites here are Kate's and the wedding gown worn by Grace Kelly. I love the lace!

Fantastic hub!

Up +++ and sharing.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on June 24, 2013:

You always have such great articles on wedding topics, and this is another one! It is different than your others, and fascinating in a different kind of way. I enjoyed this walk through the decades, and the photos and history behind the fashion changes. Very good job, Rose!

Voted up and sharing.

Have a wonderful day!

~ Kathryn

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 24, 2013:

Thank you so much for stopping by Jo! I really appreciate your kind words and support. I have to agree that I love the modern gowns far more. Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on June 24, 2013:

Rose, they're all fabulous, but for me, it has to be the 'Modern Bridal Gown'.

A stunningly beautiful hub.

Well done, up and sharing.

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 24, 2013:

Thank you so much for visiting lovedoctor926. Your kind words and support are greatly appreciated. Yes, Kate Middleton and Carol Alt are stunning. Dresses and styles have certainly changed but I must admit that some of the styles out there now are quite beautiful. Keep your eye out for The Great Gatsby inspired wedding gowns. There seems to be an interest for the style since the remake hit the screens. Take care and have a fantastic day! -Rose

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 24, 2013:

Thank you for dropping by Beth37. Grace Kelly definitely had that timeless beauty and you're right, I think Princess Kate has that same kind of appeal. Take care and have a wonderful day! -Rose

rose-the planner (author) from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 24, 2013:

Thank you so much for visiting Om Paramapoonya and for your kind words and support! I agree, Grace Kelly was indeed stunning. Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

lovedoctor926 on June 24, 2013:

Wow! Some of these wedding gowns are beautiful. Kate Middleton looks stunning.. This would be my first choice for a wedding dress. Simple, but elegant. Carol Alt's dress is simply gorgeous. I like the modern wedding dresses. Strapless, tight in the waist and white, although lace is nice too.

Wedding dresses as well as styles and patterns have changed throughout the years. What a great idea for an article. voted up interesting

Beth37 on June 24, 2013:

Great idea for an article. Wow, Grace Kelly... still so amazing, never looks dated, always timeless... I think Kate Middleton has that air to her.

Om Paramapoonya on June 24, 2013:

Hi, Rose. Thanks for this wonderful hub. It's not only visually amazing but very informative as well. I love Grace Kelly's wedding gown the most. How gorgeous! Up and awesome :)