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

1838

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.

1936

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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