Vintage style dresses





If a vintage wedding dress, like the fabulous frocks I featured in Exquisite Vintage Bridal Gowns from The Frock, isn’t for you but you still want a vintage inspired wedding or theme, then despair not! Many of the oh so talented designers of today have been drawing inspiration from eras gone by for their recent collections and 2013 is no exception.

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Jenny Packham 1930s inspired halterneck dress

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Lazaro 1950s inspired gown



NYC Bridal Fashion week, last week, saw the top designers showcasing their latest collection with so many, clearly vintage inspired, absolutely breathtaking gowns! I have picked a few of my favourites (all from designers stocked and available in Australia and New Zealand) inspired by fashion from the 1920s through to the 1970s……

 1920s

The Golden era of Art Deco, the flapper and silent silver screen sirens – knee length or floor length, think feathers, rich fabrics and embellishments……

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Marchesa’s knee length, cap sleeve feather skirted Flapper dress



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Jenny Packham Ada – a satin, v-neck, floor length, sheath dress

Or for a more modern feel but still with an Art Deco feel, this gorgeous gown with geometric bodice and decadent net skirt……  vintage-style-dresses-5 Vintage style dresses

Marchesa’s floorlength strapless Deco inspired dress 

1930s



Saw the return of sleek, figure hugging, floor sweeping gowns and halternecks were all the vogue……

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Jenny Packham Luna – a beaded floor length halter neck gown

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Blue by Enzoani sleek silhouette satin gown (just imagine it with elbow length gloves…the epitome of glamour!)

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Badgley Mischka Celeste – a cowl neck floor length sheath dress

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 Enzoani slinky gown with lace detailing and cape

1940s

The rebirth of the silhouette with emphasised shoulders and waists……

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Marchesa’s floor length, bias cut sheath dress with shoulder adornments

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Pronovias glamourous long sleeved gown (it screams hollywood siren)

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Badgley Mischka Calista Gown with exaggerated ruffle at neckline (a little reminiscent of the famour Letty Lynton Dress)

1950s

Glamorous, fun and flirty – whether tea length or floor length think nipped in waists and full a line skirts!

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Jenny Packham’s Nympth – a tea length a line dress with boat neck and belt

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Amsale’s Lynette – a boat neck with floor length net skirt

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Jim Hjelm design 8203 – a v-neck a-line gown

 Or how about a dress inspired by THE icon of the 1950s……

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Monique Lhuillier Monroe – a glamorous satin, halterneck, ankle length gown

 1960s

The decade that saw the emergence of the mini, bouffant hair cuts and black eye liner……

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Ivy & Astor’s lace mini with a strapless sweetheart neckline

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Amsale Nola – a  knee length mini with ruffled/feather skirt

 Or if short isn’t for you, then how about this beautiful gown with a touch of Breakfast at Tiffany’s style……

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Pronovias boat neck floor length gown (so Audrey Hepburn-esque!)

  1970s

Bohemian and whimsical with free-spirited floaty layers and a relaxed feel……

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Ivy & Astor’s floorlength strapless Bohemian layered dress

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Pronovias long sleeved, bohemian dress

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Pronovias lace layered bohemian dress

There is nothing I love more than a vintage inspired gown with a splash of colour (as you will know if you’re read my Utterly Gorgeous Gowns for the Unconventional Bride post), so imagine my joy when I came across these delectable dresses in the 2013 collections……

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Alfred Angelo Powder Blue Ruffles Gown

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Badgely Mischka Cascadia – blush floor length sheath dress

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Badgely Mischka Desdemonia Lace v-neck floor length sheath dress

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 Enzoani glamourous plum vintage inspired gown

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Enzoani Dusky Green Gown

 As ever, Vera Wang was by far the most bold with colour, without a single white or ivory dress in her Fall collection, instead pairing black with pretty nude colours – bold, brave and incredibly beautiful!

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 Vera Wangs Black & Blush Gown

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 Vera Wang’s Blush Gown

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 Vera Wang’s Black Gown

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