is an old 1922 wedding photo of a bride called Evelyn Griffith. She was married on September 30 1922 in CA, America.
The fashion-era visitor Anne Scott, who sent this picture, has several old photos of women possibly wearing bridal dress. But unless the
bride is obviously in a bridal gown as in the case of Evelyn right, then it can be hard
to decipher if a dress is just an evening gown. Even a floral
corsage does not prove the dress is a gown, since many women wore fresh
flowers given to them by their partner to a ball. However, a big plus in this 1922 wedding photo is the veil and headdress.
One thing I have noticed in 1920s wedding photographs, which are known to be
of American origin, is that long ribbon streamers intertwined with leaves or
buds are a usual styling of the bouquet. Therefore if you have a photo, the volume of ribbon streamers is an indication
that a wedding took place in USA rather than UK/Europe.
In the early twenties, the style of all dresses, not just wedding gowns was
changing. Dresses were soft and relaxed, but were still
mid-calf length for most women.
Notice how similar the line of Evelyn's wedding dress is to the scallop hem
day dress below. You can see more scallop hem dresses on this page for
dating old 1926 wedding photos.
Evelyn's train is crunchy with texture. Just look at those raised floral
forms that decorate the edge of the train. Her shoes are a variation of the Mary Jane style.
Evelyn's headdress is very interesting and has a new look compared to the
usual dull cloche styles of the 1920s fashion era. The tiara very much follows the
line of decorative trims also seen on
hats of the twenties.
The bridal tulle headdress above has developed a pie-crust fan
edge which gives an upward tilt to the face. This style must have been
welcome for many brides, who for more than a decade had little choice but to
follow the prevailing cloche veil fashion. The cloche
the hair flat and left the face devoid of uplift for the majority of brides.
three fashionable 1922 styles from La Mode magazine and shown right, all have a slightly
dropped waist and easy full skirts. Two of the real 'wedding' dresses have a wide boat
neckline and short sleeves.
Since it was clear skirts lengths were dithering, tucks, handkerchief hemlines, extra hemline frills and contrast bands of
fabric were a popular fashion hemline option.
The third dress far right above, has a scallop hemline and this was employed
greatly in 1926 when hemlines rose
dramatically. Even so take care to observe how long these dress sketch
styles really are for dresses of 1922. Only the ankle is visible.
The first dress sketch near left, echoes styles of bygone days and the Edwardian
high dog collar neck. At first glance this gown might be mistaken for
a wedding dress. This tucked dress appeared as a dress pattern
in la Mode in 1922 and is probably a first communion dress rather than a
Juliana wrote to me 'French first communion dresses of the 1920's somewhat
resembled contemporary wedding dresses, but were plainer and considerably
more conservative in cut, thus the high neck and long sleeves. The tucked
skirt was also very common on French first communion dresses from the 1900s
into the 1950s. Long sleeves seem to have been still fairly common on
wedding dresses of the early 20s, but the high neck would be unusual. Note
the rosary the girl holds.'
So this first dress is possibly not a true wedding look of 1922 and I draw
your attention to it, as it is so easy to mistake it for a wedding gown
style. It certainly had me confused until the website visitor pointed
out the differences.
The styles here are all similar in outline to this
black fashion silhouette shown right and from my fashion-era
The twenties lace border hem bridal gown shown left is from an unknown old
twenties wedding photograph and was provided to me by vintage USA
eBay seller manaseri2007. The bride is stunning. Her silhouette is
so like the black silhouette right.
Immediately see how similar the silhouette the Lace Hem dress is to the Evelyn wedding
dress/headdress discussed above and shown left.
In deciding where the wedding took place, with all that trailing ribbon to
the bouquet, it's easy to deduce this is an American wedding.
The piecrust fan headdress and veil is more than likely the same year as
Evelyn's wedding attire.
It is barely noticeable, but Evelyn's dress is very slightly shorter than
the unknown Lace Hem dress left. Both dresses have scoop rounded necklines
and both are very dropped waisted.
The lace insertion at the dropped waistline is delicate and reminiscent of
the fine whitework dresses worn by Edwardians. The shoes follow the T-bar
I would surmise though that this wedding (left) took place in the early
months of 1922 since the bride wears a jacket over her gown. Evelyn's
wedding (right) took place in the autumn, in September.
Feb 28 1922 the wedding of Princess Mary of England to Viscount Lascelles
took place in Westminster Abbey, London, England.
Queen Mary, King George and the dowager Queen Alexandra were all in attendance. In this 1922 royal wedding photo are; the bride Princess Mary of England, the groom Viscount Lascelles, plus their attendant bridesmaids.
The wedding photograph was taken in Buckingham Palace.
The lace wedding dress of Princess Mary follows the straight lines of the
day. Her attendants all wear cloche veils as headdresses.
Key - Standing from left to right, Lady Doris Gordon-Lenox,
Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the groom
Viscount Lascelles and the bride Princess Mary of England, Major Sir Victor
McKenzie, Lady Dina Bridgman and Lady May Cambridge. Sitting from left
to right, Lady Mary Cambridge, Princess Maud, Lady Rachel Cavendish and Lady
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