Godey’s Bridal Fashion

1884We’re going pretty far back this Friday straight in to the 1880s with some beautiful bridal fashion illustrations taken from Godey’s Lady’s Book, one of the most popular and widely circulated magazines pre-Civil War. This well-known magazine was marketed mostly to women, and contained fashion illustrations such as the ones featured here in almost every issue. Godey’s also catalogued dress trends at the beginning of every issue, making them a great historical source for finding out more about the fashion of the late 1800s.  1882

Godey’s covered trends from every day wear to bridal fashion. You can see from these illustrations that this was a rather conservative time for clothing, where women were covered from neck to feet and wore gloves to most functions. Despite these restraints, silhouettes were rather grand, and the skirts of many dresses were adorned with frills, bows, and intricate designs. Hats were also popular, many grandly … [read more]

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Antique 1920s Illustrations

1927 Time to flashback to the 1920s this Friday with some beautiful fashion illustrations that had been featured in L’Echo de Paris, a French newspaper that ran from 1884 to 1944. What drew us to these in particular was that they showcase quite wonderfully what women’s everyday fashion and bridal wear looked like during this particular era.

Beautifully detailed, these vintage illustrations pinpoint what made up the quintessential flapper look. Short hair, long strings of pearls, elegant scarves and fans, and draping fabrics and straight silhouettes to create a more boyish figure. This was also a time of rising hemlines, bare arms and legs, and bright colors. A fashion revolution had been sparked. Some people balked, but others embraced this new kind of freedom.

When it comes to the 1920s wedding gown, the illustrations point out that it was trendy to wear two trains instead of one. The dress is fitted, … [read more]

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Bob Mackie, The Sultan of Sequins

Courtesy Bob Mackie

Courtesy Bob Mackie

One of my favorite illustrators and designers, Edith Head, discovered fabulous Bob Mackie in 1961 while working at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Mackie was known for his fancy burlesque show fashion designs and soon came to be known as the “Sultan of Sequins.” I love how he branded his designs to be known for outrageous and sometimes garish costuming, including the black sequined number Cher wore to the Academy Awards back in 1986. With his outrageous and sparkly designs, Mackie has left his mark on the fashion world for all time. How I would love to have a costume made by him for a masquerade ball!

Anyone who has visited Las Vegas understands the importance of glitz and glam at a show, but now apply that to your own life, your own events. Why not splash yourself with sequins and glitter and be seen for the … [read more]

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Edith Head’s Classic Illustrations

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Growing up before the age of digital media, I feel lucky to have witnessed many forms of classic illustrative artwork in the magazines and books I read over the years. Edith Head’s work always fascinated me, as it continues to do. I can’t help but sit looking upon these pieces, wishing I had the key to unlock the storage unit where these gowns are being stored, likely somewhere in Hollywood.

Dress up time anyone? Tea party? Yes, I suppose I’m still a little girl at heart, still longing to wear these ultra-feminine gowns of the past. Instead I’ll share them with you here. Perhaps you can take something from them, incorporating the idea into your own wedding or gala.

Here are a few of my favorite Edith Head pieces. Enjoy!

Edith Head illustrations

Edith Head illustrations-Olivia Bette

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