At best the 1980s was a showcase of gorgeous fabrics and a welcome revival in bridal wear echoing times past. At worst it was all those gigantic, over-the-top, poufy sleeves, blinding white cheesy satin and lace covered in beads and sequins. Some of the traditional cookie cutter bridal wear from the 70s got a shot of inspiration when Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981 in a silk taffeta ball gown redolent of the prior century. Thereafter came a certain fairy-tale aspect to wedding fashion, mostly inspired by European designers that has been with us ever since,
Above: The Prairie Revival in fashion began in the 70s and was with us through 80s. It initially evolved from the hippe and folk movement. While Jessica McClintock revived the Prairie Gown with her Gunne Sax line in the seventies, the more haute couture versions of Prairie came to us through the stunning creations of British designer, Laura Ashley. She used finer imported cottons and voiles in some of the images above where we get a glimpse of this look at it's best--a sort of Prairie meets Jane Austen. Vintage elements were really brought out in the accessories like the picture hat and crochet gloves. Below: Headpieces and sleeves were big. Close ups here show some very pretty laces and applications as well as over the top and extremely ridiculous!
Photo 1: Jessica McClintock Bridal Ad Campaign Spring/Summer 1988
Photo 2: Gunne Sax, Seventeen magazine, April 1983.
Photo 3: Gunne Sax Dress by Jessica McClintock
Photo 4: Spring 1988. Victoria Magazine. Jessica McClintock dress.
Photo 6: Laura Ashley Spring/Summer 1984
Photo 7: Laura Ashley Bridal 1987 via Nibs Blog
Photo 8: Laura Ashley's 80s Boho via Buzz Feed
Photo 9: Laura Ashley Bridal Collection 1983-84
Photo 14: Carol Alt mid 80s
Photo 17: Eve of Milady gown circa 1986 via Pinterest
I really think the lovely veil worn by the bride in pic 12 (the first pic under the heading “headpieces and sleeves”) is just so beautiful, and so romantic.
Interesting how styles have changed while some stay classic!
The big sleeves, so popular also in the eighties along with the big hair!
I loved all the pictures, wonderful inspiration concepts for traditional wedding gowns.
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I survey your bridal designs for the bride, some of the gowns are new models and new trending type.I loved the Full sleeves wedding dress its gives more look to bride.
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