The Great Gatsby Inspiration 1920s Wedding Dresses and Wedding Veils
The Great Gatsby and the Roaring 1920s
The Great Gatsby Movie is nearly upon us with the release date set for the 16th of May. The influence of the 1920s has been growing steady over the last couple of years and it is set to peak this spring. Visionary Veils have created a range of 1920s inspired veils shapes to complement the range of beautiful wedding gowns available to our clients.
Programmes like Broadwalk Empire and Downton Abbey have got us all thinking about the 1920s and the resurgence of the 1920s influences can be seen in the current collections of the leading bridal designers.
Broadwalk Empire –
So What Where the key looks of the era 1920 – 1929?
- Beading and Fringing
- The Sheath Dress
- Dropped Waist
- Bare Backs and Bias Cuts.
Beading and Fringing
Current Bridal Trends
If like me you are obessed by beadwork and detail then you ladies are spoilt for choice as ornate beadwork has made a huge return to bridal design creating wedding dresses of opulence and luxury. Jenny Packham, evening wear and bridal gown designer based in London, especially likes the Gatsby era (“It was a wonderfully liberating time for women,” she said) to modern no-fuss clothing. There’s a “strong contemporary relevance,” she added.
Packham’s designs have always featured beautiful bead work and this has continued in her recent collections
Joy, Jenny Packham
Which Veil should I Chose?
If you have ordered a gown with ornate beading detail you need to consider the best way to complement the detail on your gown. What Veil Shape and Design Should you Chose?
There are two options available; a simple cut edged veil with perhaps a hint of detail, or a bespoke beading design. Visionary Veils can create a beading design for your wedding veil that will be influenced by the design features and beading detail on your dress.
With an ornate dress a soft silk tulle fabric is not suitable for your wedding veil. Nylon tulle or Firm Silk Tulle are the best options.
Here is an example of our custom bead work on our Abagail Juliet Cap
You can choose to have a traditional one or two layer veil or perhaps opt for one of our 1920s Headband veils or Mantilla Veils. The headbands are all detachable from the veil and can be worn separately in the evening. Our headbands are worn with a pleat veil shape.
Here is a selection from our current range of headband veils
Emilie, headband design by Donna Crain
The Sheath dress
The Slinky sheath was made of chiffon, silk or crepe and clung to the female form from the shoestring or shoulder straps.
Kate Moss wore a 1920s inspired gown designed by John Galliano for her wedding in 2011. Her dress was vintage cream with ornate beading and a Juliet Cap veil.
Which veil should I chose?
Kate Moss chose a 1920s Cap veil to complement her wedding gown. It was created as a two layer veil with a short layer of Belgian lace which she wore over her face and a long layer of soft silk tulle. The design has two ribbons and side roses.
Visionary Veils loves to create vintage veils and have a whole range of vintage wedding veil shapes with or without blushers to complement your wedding dress. The cap wedding veil creates a relaxed and delicate wedding veil and can complement a formal or informal ceremony.
Kate Moss Veil Adele Cap Veil Roslyn Cap Veil
Real Bride Sahran wearing her Kate Moss Veil
Curves and the hourglass figure were out, and belts and sashes or ties were worn around the hips. The waist disappeared to create the fashionable beanpole look beloved in the 1920s. Sabine by Jenny Packham.
Which Veil should I Chose?
The dropped waist wedding gown creates a very elegant and streamlined silhouette. I would suggest that a one layer veil extending past the final length of your train would complement this design perfectly. The veil would be created in our 100% soft silk tulle producing a delicate veil which would have no volume.
Bare Backs and Bias Cuts
Cut on the bias, the new body – hugging dresses seemed to spiral round the body and moved with the wearer. Backless dresses began to make an appearance later in the 1920s.
This 1920s look has returned as a huge trend on the bridal catwalk of 2013 and 2014. These daring gowns feature low-cut away backs , with lace, embroidery and beadwork detail.
Marchesa wedding dress
What Veil should I chose?
If your wedding gown has the detail on the back of the gown then it is important to select a wedding veil that will not obscure the detail on the back of the gown. You have two options to consider when selecting your veil shape.
The Cap Side Veil
Sky Cap Veil
Bella Lace Cap Veil
The cap side veil has a veil that attaches to the side of your head and will not obscure any detail on the back of your gown. It can be created in any length you require. The veil will not have any volume.
The Mantilla veil is an oval shape with no gathers of pleats within the fabric. This allows the detail on your gown to shine through. You can choose a veil created in nylon silk veil with or without an edging.
Just remember…. Your Veil, You Way! Visionary Veils for the Bride that turns heads.
All our wedding veils are handmade in our studio in Northern Ireland and sent to clients all over the world.