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Wedding Dress Fashion - 1950's

Many dresses that were popular in the 1950’s were what you would expect to see on a cake-topper, slender bodices with a fuller skirt. While modesty still played a part in many brides wedding day attire with dresses featuring high collars and long sleeves, the less conservative bride would opt for a strapless dress with a coordinating Bolero jackets that could be removed following the ceremony.

Sweetheart necklines with long sleeves were made widely popular thanks to Elizabeth Taylor’s role in the original Father of the Bride and lace, buttons and frills were often seen on gowns. Ballerina length and tea-length gowns were all the rage in the 1950’s. Both styles offered to the bride a flirtatious and fun look while still providing modesty for the more traditional.

Ballerina length dresses are any dress that falls between mid-calf and ankle while a tea-length dress falls just below the knee to the mid-calf point.


Most Memorable Dresses for the 1950’s: Grace Kelly, 1956 and Jacqueline Kennedy, 1953

Possibly one of the most iconic dresses of the time, and of all time, was that of Grace Kelly’s in 1956. Her dress featured many aspects that designers still pull inspiration from. The high collar and long form fitting sleeves provided the perfect amount of modesty while the wrapped waistline and sweetheart accented the actresses’ petite frame.

Another iconic dress was that of Jacqueline Kennedy in 1953. The dresses round skirt featured beautiful interwoven tucking bands that blended into the overlapping bodice while the portrait neckline drew the eyes upward.


Thank you to June Luella and James Stevens for the use of their wedding photo

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