Wednesday, April 17, 2013

CINEMA BRIDES AND HOW THEY INFLUENCED FASHION

Allow me to indulge in one of my favorite subjects--the cinema bride and how inspiring these celluloid ladies  have been when it comes to promoting fashion. These two gowns worn by Gene Tierney and Claudette Colbert are works of art and a great representation of their time.  I ask you, what could be more 1930s than Robert Kalloch's wedding gown for Claudette in, It Happened One Night? (pictured below). Believe it or not, the body-hugging bias cut she's wearing was still a new and radical concept in the early 30s when this movie came out.   During this golden era, it was not Paris as much as Hollywood that decreed fashion. This simple satin gown with florals surrounding the neckline could be found today in a few designer collections. The look has become timeless.   As for the allover lace dress in the header photo, I adore it and am proud to say I have one almost identical in my vintage collection.  The one above was designed by Oleg Cassini for the movie, The Razor's Edge.   Notice both gowns have veils long enough to add some major drama to each look . . . .

24 comments:

Kim Alston said...

This was a great post! I love classic movies. The brides were always exquisite.

Lilli said...

Hi Amy! I think cinema influences a lot fashion in general, is nice to notice it also on bridal gowns. The first one in particular is too stunning! Kisses! xo

Cafe Fashionista said...

Beautiful post. There is something about cinema brides that makes me excited for wedding fashion! :)

Rebecca Ragionieri said...

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Sam said...

I hadn't seen these gowns before, so demure and beautifully modest.

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

Stunning- especially the dramatic veil in the last photo!

always, koru kate

S said...

Such amazing post!!!!
These dresses are so beautiful!
xxx
S
http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it

Kristy said...

I love the first dress! As a teen I was addicted to old movies. Loved them!

Styrous® said...

Classic movies, one of my favorite subjects; and nicely covered. Thanks.

Ashley said...

I just love the old black and white movies. Wow, and these dresses are so beautiful.

Valerie Price said...

These cinema brides are gorgeous...definitely an inspiration!

Ann said...

Love your post so much
since I'm a bit of a movie enthusiast
I really enjoyed reading it.
Those black and white cinema brides are gorgeous. So glamorous.

Rebecca said...

How amazing that you have an almost identical vintage gown like that! It is just stunning! The classic brides from the old movies were spectacular!

Rebecca
www.winnipegstyle.ca

Fabrizia said...

Such a nice post dear, I realy enjoyed it!
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Style, via Tia said...

stunning

Kati said...

Thanks for leaving such a darling comment on my blog!
The first pic is so gorgeous!

Have the best week ever,
-Kati

Lexi said...

I'm digging the simple lines and fabulous beadwork! I just love vintage dresses because they're so dramatic. They're all about traffic-stopping dresses!

MOSAMUSE said...

love the first picture!
xo
MOSAMUSE

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Everythings Always Sunny said...

absolutely stunning!!!

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Kristin
xx

SHOP STYLE CONQUER said...

great post!

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♥ Ellen
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SHOP STYLE CONQUER said...

great post!

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♥ Ellen
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Margaret Cruzemark said...

The last dress is magical. Something i would totally wear (and not to get married!!!)...
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Miss Margaret Cruzemark
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Shari Davenport said...
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Shari Davenport said...

How about Elizabeth Taylor's gorgeous, true 50's, demure style in "Father of the Bride"?? Now that's a stunner too!! And the cap she's wearing to hold that veil is just adorable! And of course all the bridesmaids and maid of honor match the style! I think that's so lovely.
I wish I could find out more about her rings though. You'd think a movie including a big engagement party scene in it would give us at least a closeup glimpse of that gorgeous 50's emerald cut "skating rink" shes wearing at the very end! We only get the quickest glance at it when she's phoning home to say goodbye to "Pops" before leaving on the honeymoon to go "catch a lotta fish!" You can see her left hand briefly because she's holding the old fashion phone receiver with it, and it's with her wedding band too, but you really can't see much detail!