As part of the Tamborine Bridal Expo on this last weekend, we currently have this 1949 silk velvet wedding dress on display.
It has classic 40s styling to the bodice and the fabric is absolutely luscious.
Perfect gathers around the bodice....
And at the tops of the sleeves.
Self-covered faux buttons run down the middle from the back of the neck to the waistline....
Whereas the real opening goes in almost a zig zag, around the back left of the waist, up the left side and also down from the waistline a bit. It's a complicated series of hook and eyes and press studs...it could give the term 'bodice ripper' a whole new meaning!
The veil is sewn to the headpiece and both are original to the dress. While I must say I'm personally not into wedding dresses *at all* really this is a beautiful piece of history that is hard not to admire.
As with many vintage garments the attention to detail is superb, the little things like self-piping around the cuffs make it so special. We can date it exactly to 1949, as we have the original box it came in. The box has a big sticker on the lid detailing the original owner, the date of purchase and the shop it came from in Blackpool, England.
And this lovely young lady could have been the bridesmaid! She popped into the shop on Saturday on the way to visit her grandparents and left with this 70s-does-40s chiffon dress and 2 hats. She liked a third hat, so her grandfather came in an hour later and bought it for her.
How sweet is that!