English Wedding Dresses of the 1960s

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English Wedding Dresses of the 1960s
British wedding gowns mirrored the swinging '60s. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Vintage dresses seem to be the "in" thing for English brides. The May 2010 issue of "BBC Homes And Antiques Magazine" ran a seven-page feature on vintage-themed weddings. If you happen to live in England or are planning a visit, try and catch one of their vintage wedding fairs. Many of these feature bridal gowns from various decades including the 1960s.

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British Style

British fashion designers were influenced by the "swinging '60s" and that included wedding attire. Wedding gowns ranged from miniskirt lengths to maxi dresses. Long sleeves were replaced with no sleeves or three-quarter length sleeves and long gloves were worn with sleeveless gowns.

A simple, elegant style was the fashion. A bow might be worn at the Empire waistline. More hippie-style gowns might be adorned with embroidered flowers.

Hippie Style

The 1960s introduced the hippie movement, which includes long, unstyled hair and hemlines that varied from mini, midi and maxi lengths. This style of British wedding gown combined Victorian A-line features with the empire waist.

Many had flowing bell sleeves with flower trim. Flowers would be worn in the hair and a necklace of flowers might be worn to adorn the dress. Long veils made from sheer net with lace were attached to the back shoulder.

Tulip Dress

A tulip dress was a typical English 1960s wedding gown. It was often worn a few inches above the knee, sleeveless and had a high scoop neckline. It had a waistband and was very simple and elegant with no lace or beads. This was called a tulip dress because the bottom half of it was designed to replicate an upside down open tulip.

British Pop Star Look

Many wedding gowns in the 1960s emulated the British pop star look. A typical bridal gown in this style would be a tightly fitted plain satin dress a few inches above the knee with no sleeves and a high neckline.

The dress would then be covered with a white lace jacket covering it almost cape-like, with three-quarter-length sleeves. It would cover the dress and be about two or three inches longer than the dress underneath. The hair would be worn high on the head with a few white flowers.

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