1926 - Society Vintage Bride - A glimpse into the past.

1926 - Society Flapper Bride - Marriage between -
Captain Konstantine Ludienski Bodenham and Miss Rosamund Strickland.
at The Oratory Brompton on Wednesday, September 15th, 1926.

 -After the First World War and the resulting 'lost generation' of young men of marriageable age, meant that
not all women could expect to be married.  Weddings that did occur were celebratory particularly the Royal Weddings of the era, considered by many to be a time of national rejoicing.

The Bride wore a gown of rich oyster satin, The full skirt was made of panels of satin and silver lace overlay, and underskirt of shell pink Georgette.  Her train of parchment tinted satin was bordered with crystal and diamante embroidery and lined with the shell pink Georgette.  A headdress of orange blossoms held her tulle veil she carried a bouquet of longiflorum lily and pink roses.

The 1920s bride was unrecognisable from the Edwardian Bride. Liberated from the restraints of  whalebone corsets and stiffened collars, women in this age of Jazz relished the freedom of this new look.  Coco Chanel re-designed female attire, reflecting the active and purposeful lives women were now leading. Waistlines and necklines dropped accordingly. The word flapper comes from college girls wearing untied galoshes, flapping as the walked hence the name.

These bright young things, ignored convention smoking and drinking cocktails. Rouging their earlobes and newly exposed legs!  Hemlines rose further than ever, day wear from the ankles to well over the knee. The length of the wedding dress followed suit. Aristocratic ritual observed with a long court train attached to the shoulders.

 Shimmering dropped waist shift bridal dresses worn over a breast flattener, softened with triangular pieces of cloth stitched into the skirts 'godets'. Swirling around mid-calf  giving a glimpse of silk stocking.  Often a transparent overdress decorated with lace for more modest brides, with fur and feathers for a winter wedding. Buttoned boots gave way to beaded and embroidered hand-painted silk - 'Mary Jane' shoes with a t bar and low Cuban heel. Quite suitable for the frenetic dancing to the ragtime and blues music or swaying to the seduction of Gershwin.

As wedding dresses became more streamline in design the Wedding Bouquet increase in size and splendour leaving the Victorian hand-tied round posy bouquet behind. Most popular the shower bouquet, often tied and wired with long streamer of ribbons, tied in lovers knots draping to the hemline of the dress. Millinery inspire cloche hats.


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