1950s Styled Wedding Gowns: A Look to the Past Could Be in Your Future

February 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm 4 comments

Audrey Hepburn.  Marilyn Monroe.  Sophia Loren.  Elizabeth Taylor.  Grace Kelly.  Barbie.

…Don’t act like you’re not impressed.  Fashion of the 1950s was all about timeless style and demure glamour, and these women embraced it beautifully.  The entire decade – not to mention these bombshell beauties – oozed a kind of elegance, grace and sophistication that no other decade since has been able to touch.  Heck, even the trends emulated by sultry, 1950s pin up girls reflected an element of class unscathed by raunchy obscenity or flagrant missteps.

It was a time for figure flattering tea length dresses and haute couture gowns; long sleeve, satin gloves and birdcage veils.  There fitted waists and poodle skirts; delicately embroidered bust lines and ravishingly rouched waistlines.  And while there are some parts of fashion history we all hope will never reemerge (helloooo 1980 linebacker shaped, puffy sleeved disasters!), it’s easy to see why fifties glamour is one of the most inspiring eras on the red carpet, and as luck would have it, bridal fashion. 

Below are some examples of where old world icons and modern day designers have collided, and the results, my dear friends, are nothing short of epic.  (Photos courtesy of Google Images, TheKnot.com and KleinfeldBridal.com.  Merged by yours truly by the power of Photoshop.)

A soft, embroidered halter on Sophia Loren before & an Alvina Valenta gown after

A flaring, tea length dress on Barbie before & a Moonlight gown after

A single sleeved, off-the-shoulder Grecian dress on Grace Kelly before & a Romona Keveza gown after

A sleek, form fitting stunner on Audrey Hepburn before & a Palazzo gown after

A flirty, ballerina tutu on Marilyn Monroe before & a Winnie Couture gown after

A belted, cinched waist and pockets on Elizabeth Taylor before & a Priscilla of Boston gown after

A belted, cinched waist and pockets on Elizabeth Taylor before & a Priscilla of Boston gown after

A side sweeped, gathered gown on Grace Kelly before & a Enzoani gown after

A pleated, tea length halter on Marilyn Monroe before & an Amsale gown after

A bubbly, princess ball gown on Audrey Hepburn before & a Rosa Clara gown after

A jeweled side, red carpet favorite on Barbie before & an Oleg Cassini gown after


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Modern Wedding Dresses With Pockets | askervani.com  |  April 18, 2015 at 3:12 am

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  • 2. Mary  |  May 6, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Umm WeddingGirl74 Marilyn Monroe had a nose job. Plastic surgery was not uncommon back then! I do l love the the gowns

  • […] look no further! We adore these “Then and Now” looks spotted earlier this year on The Best Wedding Blog Ever, as shown […]

  • 4. WeddingGirl74  |  February 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Geez, all those “thens” are stunningly beautiful! AND that’s before Botox, Skin Tightening, Restylane, Silicone, hair extensions, yadda, yadda, yadda… I could go on forever. The only thing fake on Audrey, Marilyn, Sophia, Grace and Barbie are their lashes! We’ve come so far haven’t we? Hehe :)


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