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  The Traditional Wedding Gownfashion

As the spring weather comes into full swing we find ourselves in the season of nuptials and knot tying. Wedding dresses are an all important part of these celebrations, often having price tags exuberant enough to send potential grooms running in the other direction. But the cost is a minor detail for many brides who are willing to do whatever it takes to capture that certain look. Bridal fashions have changed dramatically over the years, the white dress that is seen as traditional today has not always been the standard choice. In the past wedding dresses were styled after the time period and commonly used different colors and fabrics so that the dresses could be worn on other occasions.

A move towards the white gown that is so closely associated with wedding dresses today only emerged after 1840. This shift occurred as woman began to emulate the white gown that Queen Victoria wore on her wedding day, a fashion choice that redefined bridal ware. The images shown here open up the concept of the ‘traditional’ wedding dress to try and provide space to consider the diverse gowns that have been worn throughout history.

1854. Queen Victoria and Albert. Wikipedia commons.

1850 bride Daguerreotype  The Traditional Wedding Gownfashion

ca. 1850. Unidentified Bride. daguerreotype. Southworth & Hawes. George Eastman House Collection. Accession Number: 1974:0193:0137. emily frances whippey wedding dress  The Traditional Wedding Gownfashion

November 1872. Emily Frances Whippey in her wedding dress. Married Thomas Jefferson Sherman. Image number: P21353 Uploaded on March 12, 2009 by nha.library

1899 miss bethune wedding dress  The Traditional Wedding Gownfashion1899 miss bethune wedding gown  The Traditional Wedding Gownfashion

Apr. 1899. Miss Bethune in a wedding gown. Ottawa, Ont. Credit: William James Topley / Library and Archives Canada. Copyright: Expired

1928 maria roderiques wedding dress  The Traditional Wedding Gownfashion


1928. Maria Roderiques, Married Josefino Lopes Cabral. Image number: SC83. Uploaded on March 12, 2009 by nha.library

1929 bride minneapolis 762x1024  The Traditional Wedding Gownfashion

1 September, 1929. Bride in wedding dress Minneapolis, Minnesota. From uploader’s family collection. GFDL. Permission is granted under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License1933 goldberg witen wedding dress  The Traditional Wedding Gownfashion

24 Dec. 1933.  Goldberg-Witen Wedding. Ontario. Credit: Yousuf Karsh, Yousuf Karsh fonds, Found locket of hair within Enclosure I. located inside OLD ENVELOPES and RED PROOFS. Library and Archives Canada, Accession 1987-054, e010678932 to e010678936. Copyright: Expired.1940's_wedding_dress_worn_by_arline_wilma_preston

c. 1940s. Bride is wearing the wedding dress worn by Arline Wilma Preston, when she married Clark Wallace Bishop in 1928. Image number: P18356

Uploaded on March 12, 2009 by nha.libraryBrideMiniskirt19682 710x1024  The Traditional Wedding Gownfashion

6 January 1968 Bride, 1968. “Here is my mother on her wedding day in 1968. I love her mini skirt wedding dress but it caused her some embarrassment on the day. This photo is at my grandmother’s house in One Tree Hill, Auckland.” This file is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License

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