The second trend I’d like to draw your attention to is…
|Vintage wedding dress complemented by original Victorian lace cape|
2. VINTAGE LACE CAPES AND COATS
In my London studio, brides are definitely moving away from shrugs and boleros this year, and asking for a softer style of lace cover-up – particularly vintage lace capes.
|Original Victorian lace cape and vintage wedding dress|
This elegant style may have originated in the Victorian era, but the height of its popularity was the 30s, when a fashion for short lace capes really took off – like the beautiful example I found for lovely bride Leah (below) to pair with an original 1930s wedding dress.
|1930s lace wedding dress and original lace cape, on gorgeous bride Leah.|
|Leah in beautiful 1930s lace wedding dress and lace cape|
Like many 1930s fashions, it was reinvented in the 1960s and early 1970s when long lace capes – sometimes with hoods – came right back into style. I was recently asked to source a dress to complement a full-length hooded lace cape from 1972, which originally belonged to my client’s mother. Fabulous!
|Original 1940s lace wedding coat, over vintage 1940s wedding dress.|
Long lace coats are also very in-demand right now. This is a more 1940s look – as you can see on the example above and below, with its sensational long lace train.
|1940s lace wedding coat, over vintage 1940s wedding dress.|
|Lace cover-up coat over 1940s vintage wedding dress.|
I do love a challenge, sourcing something to match a client’s own personal piece. Mixing and matching eras can work incredibly well, and these beautiful styles can look gorgeous over dresses from any era. I don’t think you have to be strict about it!
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