Dior's New Look dominated the fashion world for about ten years, but was not the only silhouette of the era.
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The fit always lasts! BellaBlu Maternal and Nursing fashion collections are known for their high quality and style. The groom and ushers wore traditional morning dress. The guest on the far left is wearing the latest lower 'Mod' shoes. By , hair was still worn high just like it had been in Carol's wedding of The bridesmaid's hair decoration was an Alice band covered in matching blue slubbed fabric and decorated with guipure lace motifs. The veils of were bouffant short mostly.
They were always designed and affixed to the hair in a manner to add height. They gave an even greater bouffant effect to an already bouffant hairstyle. Veils were often set atop pill box hats. Hats instead of veils also began to gain ground and some bridal gowns had hoods. The various society weddings of earlier years also set a trend for tiara styles, although in mass market terms the bridal tiaras were mostly made of pearls, crystal or diamante rather than diamonds.
On Pat's wedding morning the bride and bridesmaids travelled to a hairdresser in Cardiff to have their hair set. The veil was attached to Pat's hairdo by the hairdresser. The bouffant hairdos were also arranged around the Alice bands set into the bridesmaid's hair. The hair style was made rigid with hairspray to keep the hairstyles high. Nowadays a hairdresser is more likely to be booked to attend the whole bridal party at a country house venue or at home. In the wedding picture it's noticeable that many female guests wear hats that also have a bouffant silhouette.
On the small photo to the far right Phyllis wears a magnificent hat. Gwen stands next to her wearing an interesting striped bomb hat. You can see Phyllis's wedding of here. You can see Gwen's wedding here. The wedding photo left shows the detail of the mink trimmed suit that the mother of the bride Lorraine wore. Lorraine was very smartly dressed for the occasion.
You can see Lorraine's wedding of here. Lorraine's cream boucle wool suit consisted of a boxy cut semi fitted jacket, a straight slim skirt and mink trimming at cuffs and neckline. This mother of the bride suit jacket would be hot on trend now in autumn some 40 years later. Fur was a feature trim on the clothes of many guests. Unlike today when women often walk around with jackets or coats open in a casual manner, in women mostly buttoned up their jackets in wear. Clothes were worn to present as neat and groomed an impression as practically possible.
Lorraine's hat was made from large fabric rose petals. Her outfit was teamed with brown leather accessories which picked up the brown banding in the mink trim. At much the same era it was also popular to decorate an untrimmed suit with mink twirl brooches as an alternative to estate jewellery. There are also some very similar suit fashion plates on the s pages here. After the wedding Pat and Arthur went on their honeymoon to London.
Pat wore a pale melon coloured matching dress and jacket in a slubbed fabric. It was usual in the s to still team a going away outfit with a hat. This hat was an alternative look to the bouffant hats shown in the main wedding photo. Again just like her wedding dress, Pat chose an up-to-date semi fitted outfit, which fashion history now shows to be the forerunner of looser easier shift dresses and boxier jacket styles.
In memory terms, such ensembles later became more associated with the s than the fashions we have seen here. Pat's wedding bouquet above follows the newer neater styles of wedding spray bouquet fashions popular in the s, a reaction to the huge maidenhair fern dominated bouquets of earlier years.
These smaller wedding bridal spray bouquets had been making an appearance at society weddings some time, and now the fashion caught on nationwide.
Pat's bouquet was made by Rose, another young bride shown left. Rose also married in the mid sixties in , before emigrating to Australia. In the 60s, emigration to Australia was a dream for many Brits who hoped to make new lives with new families in a sunny environment.
Before cheap air travel, it was often decades before families were reunited with old friends. Her empire line wedding dress left is noticeably similar in style to Pat's wedding gown of The sleeves have that traditional bridal touch of pointing down the hand.
You can see the dress more clearly in the enlargement and will have an opportunity to see the fresh flower headdress Rose made.
Note how similar in line her wedding gown is to the Simplicity s dress pattern beside it. This dress pattern illustrates a court train which fell from the shoulders.
You can buy old dressmaking and vintage patterns at Michelle Lee's website http: Michelle has old patterns spanning the best part of the 20 th century. In Pat's wedding photo above , the train flows from the centre-back empire waistline as a loose train.
This is a different type of wedding dress train from the cut-in-one with the skirt style, as shown in earlier pages such as the wedding dress Carol who was also one of Pat's bridesmaids. There are several train types and sometimes only minimal difference between them! Terms also used include fishtail train and sweeping trumpet skirt. The shortest type of train is a sweep train and it extends just slightly longer than the wedding dress hem by about 8 inches to a foot at the back of the dress.
Traditionally a court train is 6 yards in length, but no more. Originally a court train fell from the shoulders.
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