Tara wrote me last week with a fascinating query. She’s trying to recreate her great-grandmother’s wedding dress, but all she has is a tantalizingly brief description:
the bride looked charming in a gown of silk marquisette trimmed with Oriental lace and Irish crochet buttons over cream satin with lace coat to match. She wore the bridal veil and orange blossoms and carried pink carnations.
As Tara says, not a lot to go on. She want to know what the dress might have looked like, patterns that could use as a guide to making it, and what silk marquisette and Oriental lace (or their modern equivalent) are. I thought this would make fun series of posts, so over the next week I’ll try to answer, with lots of pretty pictures!
For starters, let’s do what all brides do when they plan their wedding: look at inspiration images in wedding magazines!
There weren’t any proper wedding magazines in 1911, but the Women’s Own Magazine did do ‘A Page for Brides.’ I’ve already blogged about the bridal headpieces they suggest. Here’s the rest:
If the suggestions in Women’s Own Magazine don’t do it for you, perhaps these ones will:
With the accessories sorted, the bride of 1911 can move on to deciding on the most important thing: her dress! Die Gracieuse has a few charming suggestions:
And this is cheating just a little, but I found some fantastic images from 1912 and 13:
And finally, the perfect bridesmaid: one young enough not to argue with you! And in an utterly adorable frock: