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1910 - Edwardian Wedding Dress Photo

By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com

 

1910 Photos of Real People in Wedding Fashions
1910 Edwardian Wedding Dresses

On this page I have 2 lovely wedding photographs both known to be from 1910.

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1910 Detroit Wedding Photo

The first white wedding picture was known to be taken November 1910 in Detroit, Michigan.  It was delightful to learn that the site visitor who sent this photo knew that her great-grandmother made the 1910 wedding dress for her grandmother the bride.   The great-grandmother also sewed the very similar dress of the Maid of Honour.  If you are wondering why these two lovely women look so alike, it is because they were cousins.

1910 Wedding Dress.  Detroit, Michigan.

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The Late Edwardian Silhouette

These two wedding pictures are so interesting in that they illustrate a change in fashion silhouette happening at the end of the Edwardian era. 

Since 1908 the waistline had been rising slowly.  But even though some wore the waist still on the natural waistline the silhouette was changing and getting slimmer.  With the advent of a longer line corset that almost reached the knees, skirt fullness and volume trains were decreasing compared to 1900.   Sketch 1910

The waist rose even higher to reach a maximum empire line by 1913/14.

The 1910 sketch left shows one of the main dress styles of the year. The bands rising from the bodice to at least the shoulders and sometimes down the back bodice are called bretelles. The bretelles often had several deep tucks and were an area ripe for heavy embellishment with lace, appliqué or passementerie.

The late Edwardian bride above wears a beautiful white wedding dress in satin with decorative bretelles running from the slightly raised waist to cover the sleeve head.  There are narrow bretelles to a lesser degree on the bridesmaid's dresses in the photo below.

    1910 Sketch1911 Dress sketch1911 Dress sketch

The styles of the Edwardian wedding dresses in both photographs have many similar elements especially in the close fitting sleeves with some sleeve head fullness and in the high dog collar necklines. 

But probably the most important feature of dresses of 1910/11 is to note how the waist is often higher and the sleeves tighten at the forearm. The sleeves lose all that lower bloused fullness so evident in the 1904 wedding photo.

1910 Wedding Day - Florence Perry Bridal Group

This Edwardian wedding dress photo shows that rise in the waistline on the bridesmaid's dresses.  You can see how the skirt of the bridesmaids flares and is similar in silhouette to the centre drawing above.  Although the bride Florence appears to wear a dress which sits on a slightly lower waistline.

Florence Perry on her wedding day in 1910 and with her bridesmaids.

This is close up of the bride's veil.  The veil style really is very similar to the bride at the top.  The 1910 bridal bouquets also seem squatter and less elongated than in the wedding picture of 1904.

  Florence Perry  1910 Bride's bouquet

Other features of note are the wide decorated hats, the high ruff neck collar and that the whole sleeve is worked from deep one inch tucks or lace inserts.

1910 Hat 1910 Bridesmaid sleeve with deep one inch tucks.

These women are truly late Edwardian in appearance.

Old photos can be useful when tracing family members and narrowing down search dates. These photo pages may help you put an era to your undated images.

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You can read more about 1900's fashions in the Edwardian section
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