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1838 – 1936 Bridal Fashions

When we attend a wedding everyone waits anxiously for the bride – what stunning fashion will she wear?  As it has always been this way I thought I would share an article from a 1936 newspaper on bridal fashions.  One was a copy from an 1838 wedding gown – the other a new 1936 fashion.  Both are lovely, but which do you prefer?

The Messenger Inquirer, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky

Thursday, April 16, 1936


Highlighting the costumes of ‘Brides of Two Centuries,’ a unique bridal fashion show in New York brought the old and new wedding gowns into interesting contrast.  The gown of white taffeta, above, was copied by Helen Virginia Meyer from a costume worn in 1838 by the first bride ever to choose orange blossoms.  It has a two-tiered skirt, banded with lace, and charming long sleeves, fashioned from a series of puffs of organza, held in place with sprigs of orange blossoms.  Incidentally, the costume uses 132 yards of lace.


At right is a youthful 1936 spring wedding gown of silk lace in a delicate shade of azalea pink.  it has an enormous train, banded with rows of stain in matching shade.  The veil is a circular affair, edged with satin, and held in place with a tiara of azalea blossoms.

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