As this month the focus has been on the Great Gatsby and all things inspired by the time I thought I might do a post about Art Deco gowns going modern. Funny thing, when I Googled “Art Deco Gown”, one of the first pictures I found was of the pattern I used for my bridesmaids dresses nearly 5 years ago!
I was going for a fair bit of a vintage feel for the wedding. We got married at Neider Weisel which is a big grand old Victorian home that was a B&B at the time. The wedding was in the front garden and the reception was held there in the house. We had hired out the whole place from the night before when myself and some friends stayed over. Then the bridesmaids and I got ready there in the cottage on the property. The photographer took all our photos there. After the reception, the Fashion Mister and I had moved into the big Bridal Suite, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen plus their partners and two other dear couples who were staying in suites, went out to the back conservatory for a few drinks.
The next morning we all had breakfast together and I think it was a lovely way for us to start our first day of married life, surrounded by our dearest friends.
Anyway, it was a perfect setting and all worked really well with the vintage theme. I had searched high and low for dresses for the bridesmaids and absolutely fell in love with this vintage Vogue pattern when I found it. When I was in Hong Kong organizing having my wedding dress made, I bought the most gorgeous silk in black and purple for the dress and the contrast. However, I had envisioned a slight tweak to the dress and wanted the bottom panels to be in chiffon. I actually found silk chiffon in black and the exact same shade of purple!
We then organized for a local seamstress to measure up the girls and make the dresses.
I was very happy with how they turned out and surprisingly both of the lovely ladies actually did wear their dresses for other functions!
I loved the back of the dress. Each of the girls wore one of my grandmother’s vintage brooches pinned at the back where the purple comes together before draping down. You will also see that not only were the panels at the bottom in chiffon but that the ones at the back that formed a bit of a fish-tail were in the matching purple.
Simple black heels with a little bling at the open toe, long black gloves and vintage beaded handbags completed the look.
We had all agreed that purple orchids in a wrist corsage would allow them to have their hands free.
Loved taking this little trip down memory lane. I may have to dig out that pattern or take the pic with me to a dress-maker and get one made for myself because I still love this silhouette. Of course then I will need to find somewhere to wear it!
What do you think of my choice for my bridesmaids? Would you have loved it or hated it had it been you?
- Let The Great Gatsby inspire your home with elegant and functional furnishings (metro.co.uk)
- Ashorne Hill 1920′s Art Deco Photo Shoot (weddingdressesinwarwickshire.wordpress.com)
- Self-help guide to pick bridesmaids gown cloth (wyihang.wordpress.com)
- Allinearsi Art Deco Diamond Satin Ribbon Hair Band (romanticbrides.wordpress.com)