Monday, 21 July 2014

Vintage Wedding Dresses in the Movies: What's your favourite?

Dear Reader,

Ask anyone their Top 10 wedding movies, and the same films appear over and over. From My Best Friend's Wedding to Bridesmaids, from Twilight to Sex and the City.
Vintage wedding dresses in the movies: Audrey Hepburn in  Givenchy, for Funny Face
Well, you probably know by now that I'm a fan of old movies. (We know, we know, I hear you cry!) Over the next few days, I'll reveal my Top 10 of fabulous vintage wedding dresses from the movies. The countdown starts here...

10. Emma (starring Gwyneth Paltrow, 1996)
Vintage Wedding Dresses in the movies: Gwyneth Paltrow wears Empire Line as Emma
In the film based on Jane Austen's wonderful novel, Gwyneth Paltrow stars as Emma, in a charming Empire line (high waisted) dress. 
Vintage Wedding Dresses in the movies: Gwyneth Paltrow's original dress for Emma
In 1815 (when the story is set) this would have been the height of fashion. Dresses were made in soft flowing fabrics such as muslin, and corsets were not worn. Instead, long flesh-coloured pantaloons were worn under the dress!

9. Father of the Bride (starring Elizabeth Taylor, 1950)
Vintage Wedding Dresses in the movies: Elizabeth Taylor in 1950s dress for Father of the Bride
In Father of the Bride, Elizabeth Taylor’s magnificent figure is supported as only a 1950s dress can. Her fabulous dress is by famous costume designer Helen Rose.
Vintage Wedding Dresses in the movies: Elizabeth Taylor in 1950s dress for Father of the Bride
Helen Rose also designed Elizabeth Taylor's own wedding gown when she married her first husband Nicky Hilton in 1950.
Vintage Wedding Dresses in the movies: Elizabeth Taylor marries Nicky Hilton
Vintage Wedding Dresses in the movies: Elizabeth Taylor and Nicky Hilton
Some of you may remember that Elizabeth Taylor married a remarkable 9 times, so there are plenty of dresses to choose from! You can see more of her wedding dresses here.

8. The Good Shepherd (starring Angelina Jolie, 2006)
Vintage Wedding Dresses in the movies: Angelina Jolie's 'debutante' dress in The Good Shepherd
In this Skull-and-Bones spy thriller about the birth of the CIA, Angelina plays Clover Russell in an array of fabulous 1930s-inspired dresses. Her ivory lace 'debutante' dress (above and below) would make a wonderful simple wedding gown. 
Vintage Wedding Dresses in the movies: Angelina Jolie wears simple debutante dress, The Good Shepherd
But for Clover's society wedding, Oscar-nominated costume designer Ann Roth created this sumptuous and slinky satin 1930s-style dress. (Ann Roth designed for some truly iconic films such as Midnight Cowboy, Klute and The English Patient).
Vintage Wedding Dresses in the movies: Angelina Jolie in 1930s style wedding dress for The Good Shepherd
So that's just the first taste of my Top 10. More to follow this week! Now, what's yours...? Do check out my facebook page, tell me what I've missed and add your own favourites right here!

Thanks for looking, 
Love
Helena
Heavenly Vintage Brides