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Wedding dresses through the 20th century

Wedding couple, vintage photo
1890, Canada

Wearing white dress for a wedding is not that old tradition as it may seem. Actually, the fashion for this colour for the bride's outfit came only at the second half of the 19th century and thanks to Queen Victoria. In 1840 she married Prince Albert wearing a white gown and it came as quite a surprise because in those days white wasn't that popular colour in which to be married. Blue was generally the favourite choice for bridal wear because traditionally it was associated with purity and the Virgin Mary. It was also a symbol of fidelity and eternal love. Wedding gowns were seen also in greens, browns, yellows, and even black, if the bridegroom was a widower.
Soon after the queen's wedding women all over Europe and America began wearing white wedding dresses as well. And in 1920s Coco Chanel introduced a stunning new design: a knee length white wedding dress with a long train. And this strengthened white colour as the colour of a bride and nowadays it's very rare for a bride in Europe or the United States to get married in a colour other than white.
Look at these brides of the past in their beautiful white dresses. It is interesting to see how the gowns' design has been changing with the time.

Wedding couple, vintage photo
1896, USA

1902, England

Wedding in England, 1912
1912, England

Wedding couple, 1915 vintage photo
1915, USA

Wedding couple from England, 1916
1916, England

Wedding couple from England, 1917
1917, England

Wedding couple from England, 1925
1925, England

1928, England

1937, Cuba

1939, USA

1951, Canada

1961, England

1962, USA

1973, England

1982, England


1992, England

2006, Belarus (my brother's wedding)

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