Bridal Fashion through the ages: The Glamorous 1930s

Jun 23 , 2020

Bridal Fashion through the ages: The Glamorous 1930s

The 1930s are not remembered as the easiest decade. War and The Great Depression made the 1930s incredibly difficult years for many, with money tight and stress running high.

But this didn’t stop brides from making the most of their wedding days. Looking back, brides of this period were truly elegant, sophisticated and confident.

The wedding style of the 1930s stole its inspiration from Hollywood. Many of today’s vintage wedding dresses are a nod to this era, which embraced beads, stains and that timeless, backless design that was as daring then as it is today.

The style can be classified as Art Deco, which embraced both simplicity and that razzle dazzle that made these wedding gowns so glamorous.

It might seem strange that during a time when life was so incredibly tough, brides would be seeking out the most chic gowns they could afford. But much as we escape into entertainment these days, back then, during the depression and 2nd World War, people fell into the fantasy of Hollywood to escape from their realities. As a result, gowns were heavily influenced by the fashion on the big screen.

The 1930s Style

The 1920s was a modern, daring decade for brides, but the 1930s saw the return of the more conservative looks.

Natural, often more expensive materials were shunned in favour of cheaper materials, and brides were also more inclined to sew their own gowns, to save money. Patterns for wedding dresses, and other dresses for that matter, were readily available, and the majority of women were more than just adept with a thread and needle.

Wedding gowns from this age were made from an artificial silk called Rayon. It was popular not only because it was cheap but also because it had a bit of weight to it which made it drape quite perfectly. You can only imagine how beautiful a dancing bride would look in a gown made of Rayon. Rayon also has an amazingly long lifespan, with many wedding gowns from the 1930s being beautifully preserved to this day.

In terms of style and design, brides would often opt for the slimmer cut, with a smooth fabric to display the natural curves. Dress trains were also quite popular and, quite possibly because brides were making the dresses themselves, there was often a distinct lack of decoration and embellishment on the dress.

And to top it off, a veil and a simple, modest hat would sometimes be included.