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Vintage Wedding Dresses
by Eliza Jane Howell

So you know you don’t want a traditional wedding dress but you aren’t really sure what the alternative is. Everyone is talking about the trend for boho but you feel you want a different style altogether. Maybe a bit of sparkle, maybe something a little more sassy and curvaceous, maybe even something from a different era – and then it hits you! What about a vintage dress? You love all things vintage after all, so having a vintage style dress could be perfect for you….

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vintage dress
vintage dress

Just one thing….what does having a vintage style wedding dress actually mean?

Well the one thing is doesn’t often mean in the wedding world, is wearing an original vintage dress. Ladies in the 20th Century were typically a different size and shape from the modern woman so a truly vintage dress often won’t fit today’s body shape. Add to that the fact that the fabric has probably faded over time, the split wine stain never quite disappeared and the dress was originally altered to fit someone else entirely and the likelihood is that the reality of a truly vintage dress doesn’t quite match the dream! So then, imagine yourself in a new version of an old classic – a stunning vintage inspired bridal gown that is hand made just for you.

Vintage collections by Elza Jane Howell

In the boutique, we are proud to stock a sensational 1920s inspired bridal collection by Eliza Jane Howell. Each dress in this collection is designed by renowned fashion designer Gill Harvey and is individually made by combining exquisite traditional and modern beading techniques and patterns. Many of the vintage gowns also have stunning embellishments or embroidery added for extra dramatic effect. It is the blend of old and new that makes an Eliza Jane Howell dress truly unique and an heirloom piece to be passed on to the next generation.

Do I have to be a certain size to wear a vintage dress?

Absolutely not! To wear a vintage dress requires only one thing – a good dose of sass! All the dresses are available in the boutique in a size 4 to 30 and one of the loveliest things about Eliza Jane Howell wedding dresses is that they are cut on the bias so look sensational on a curvier figure. Add in a few tassels or mirrored glass effect and you are totally going to Rock that Wedding!!

vintage dress
vintage dress
vintage dress

Can I have my vintage wedding dress in a different colour?

Heck yes. Most of the dresses in the collection come in a wonderful array of vintage inspired colours. We are not talking pastel pink here – we are talking snow white, metallic gold, pearl ivory, antique silver, platinum, nickel, rose d’or, vampire, chartreuse and even orgasm (yes really!)

How would I style a vintage wedding dress?

A lot of our brides ask this question and the answer is simply however you want. Don’t think that just because you are wearing a vintage dress, you have to accessorise it with a feather headpiece, elbow length white gloves and a long cigarette holder. Far from it! A lot of celebrities (Sharon Stone, Shirley Kemp and half the cast of Strictly Come Dancing) wear this designer’s gowns and they certainly don’t accessorise it in a cliched way. A lot of brides love to wear a matching Eliza jane Howell headpiece or dramatic veil but equally you can really soften the look with colourful flowers and a simple pearl or floral vine in your hair.An eclectic mix of boho and vintage is often the perfect blend for our brides.

Does vintage just mean the 1920s?

We have talked a lot here about the 20s style of vintage dresses but we are proud to say that we have dresses from lots of different eras in the boutique – including a gorgeous collection of 1940s and 1950s tea-length wedding dresses by House of Mooshki.

Check out our page on the 1950s for more information or contact us now to make an appointment to view all the dresses in our stunning vintage bridal collections.

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