The design and styles of Wedding Gowns have always reflected the "TIMES" or the ERA's in which they were worn. Actually, the WHITE Gown was UNHEARD of up until England's Queen Victoria shocked the Royal World when she wore a White gown in her wedding...a color she decided on instead of the traditional BLUE, because white went nicely with the elaborate lace she had chosen for her dress.
Well, the 'trend' has held for nearly 200 years and to this day, white is still considered the traditional color of the bride...even though just about anything 'goes' nowadays, depending on whatever the brides wants her special day to look like!!
And if a bride would like to recreate an era gone-by, this "COLONIAL"-style satin 1940's wedding gown is just perfect.
After the war-years, brides had more of a selection of material for her dress, and actually, there were some Bridal businesses emerging, so that one wouldn't need to be married in a dress that her sister wore the year before, or one which auntie Nell homemade for the bride. This Satin dress was however, most-probably professionally tailor-made, indicated by the beautiful workmanship throughout this Candlelight Satin Gown.
The flawless 'illusion' bodice extends up the rounded neckline and is barely noticed because the main emphasis is the gorgeous LACE-OVERLAY SHAWL collar which beautifully adorns the brides shoulders, front and back...a very, very unique feature on this era of wedding dress. The back is then 36 REAL buttons and loops going allllll the way down the brides back. And yet another feature is the PEPLUM giving the dress that COLONIAL-Look! The long sleeves are as well, buttons 'n loops at the wrist. The stunningly beautiful train is 6' long and simply shimmers with every move!
There is no size in the dress and is probably a MODERN Size 6/8 with the following APPROXIMATE measurements:
35"-35" Hip area
16" Across shoulders
56" Length of dress from shoulder to hemline
72" Length of train
This 1940's "MAURER ORIGINAL" Satin dress is in Very Good Vintage Condition...in fact, my guess is, the GOWN has never been worn...there is nothing that I can see, even the typical hem soiling!
Brides, please keep in mind that this dress was probably TAILOR-MADE or CUSTOM FITTED to the bride who originally wore this beautiful gown, and so the measurements may NOT fit you exactly as it did her...so alterations MAY be necessary to custom-fit YOU. Also, because it has been worn, there may be some soiling, especially at the hemline, and other minor issues...however, for the age of the garment, this dress is in EXCELLENT Condition with no major issues that I can see to even note!!
(The dress is shown on a mannequin measuring 6'2", in heels)
Typical VINTAGE/ANTIQUE Condition and wear.
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1940's "Colonial" Stunning Satin Wedding Gown