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Pale pink wedding dresses were a trend in the 50s?
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Date: 1/1/08 10:26 AM

My Mom made her pink wedding dress. This is from the early fifties.
Was it just my mom or did many women not wear very much eye make up? The focus was more on the lips.


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Date: 1/1/08 10:53 AM

My parent's were married in March of 48 and Mom's dress was blue.

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Date: 1/1/08 11:14 AM

Hi CarolynD -- I got a real giggle over the cigarette! If I had lit one up while wearing my wedding dress my Mom would have boiled me in oil!


I got married the first time in 1951 -- in my little small town far away from big cities we really didn't know what was trendy, so wedding dresses were white -- period! I'll be interested to see the responses you get

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Date: 1/1/08 11:54 AM

A nice, soft-coloured suit was also popular in the 50's... Something to wear again, eh.
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Date: 1/1/08 11:54 AM

I got married in 1953. While I did not make my wedding dress, I did design it and had it custom made. It was tea length, strapless top with boning in the bodice, tulle over taffeta with a double layer of tulle in the skirt, imported lace very fitted jacket with a peplum, stand-up collar (with boning to hold the shape) long tapered sleeves and tiny fabric-covered buttons down the front of the jacket and on the sleeves. It was also white and I wore a Juliette cap of lace with a shoulder-length veil. I should also add that I weighed 98 lbs. at that time! No cigarettes showing in my wedding pics although I did smoke at that time! As for the makeup of that era, I don't recall ever wearing mascara, eye shadow or eye liner but I did wear the dark red lipstick so popular at the time. I didn't wear any other cosmetics as I had that wonderful skin so common for my age of not quite 22! Oh how the times have changed! And, by the way, some of the more daring brides of the early fifties did wear ice blue satin and blush satin rather than virginal white.
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Date: 1/1/08 12:02 PM

Great picture!!!!!!

I don't know what the trend was, but I sure would love for people to post pictures!!!!

I have a couple of vintage wedding gown patterns and would love to make one. However, I'd feel foolish making a wedding gown for no reason other than to make one! I think my husband would have me committed if I did that!

Please post pictures of your wedding gowns!!!!!

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Date: 1/1/08 12:04 PM

I've heard that white wedding dresses only came into fashion after Queen Victoria's wedding.

My mom was married during WWII. In a time of rationing, a special white dress was considered very wasteful. She was married in a dark purple suit (skirt, of course, not pants!). The wedding was a small, quiet affair. I think she's always felt like she missed out on having a full-blown wedding. And she's never worn eye makeup, just lipstick and powder.

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Date: 1/1/08 12:42 PM

"Nice" girls did not wear makeup back then. A little powder to reduce shine and lipstick were ok. If you were really pale, you smudged a bit of lipstick on your cheeks. I can remember when my mom first bought foundation in about 1962 or 3 - it was Cover Girl and very thick, gooey and cakey. And Maybelline mascara in the little red box. It was horrible stuff that you had to add water to and apply with a tiny, tiny brush. Girls would reapply during the day as it rubbed off all the time and they would just spit on the brush to wet it.

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Date: 1/1/08 12:49 PM

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And Maybelline mascara in the little red box. It was horrible stuff that you had to add water to and apply with a tiny, tiny brush. Girls would reapply during the day as it rubbed off all the time and they would just spit on the brush to wet it.
Congratulations. You've supplied my first non-drug-induced flashback of the new year. My mother used that little red box of mascara, but she used it on her eyebrows. I remember seeing her use it through the mid-sixties...but then, maybe I've forgotten some of the late sixties.

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Date: 1/1/08 1:44 PM

Costume and Retro Kellie, I collect wedding gown patterns also, both current and vintage and have the same urge to make one (or more). We got married on a beach in Hawaii and I had a very casual dress, and although I've never regretted it, I do miss having had a 'real' wedding dress. I keep thinking I might make one for our 25th anniversary, which will be coming up in a couple of years. Not sure i'd use it--I just want to try.

So, I say make that dress if you want to!

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