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Tutu-inspired vintage-50's wedding gowns!Searching for a friend, Hepburn's as a first choice...


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#1 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 04:42 AM

I'm helping find a cute tea-length 50's/vintage wedding dress for a friend. She explained to me that she wants a cocktail-looking tea-length inspired dress-(and it HAS to be a real vintage one...). I immediately recalled Hepburn's dress in "Funny Face" and found this site that makes costum-made reproductions of it. Still, she wants a real one... :tomato:
Anyway...just looking at the pic I'm thinking..."Giselle Act II!!"...It just looks like a tutu! :) Not too far from this Markova's pic(Lovely, right...? :wub: )

Still...it has been hard to find. The most of the sales on Ebay with the 50's criteria gets us usually to something like this...not very appealing.

This is another option, which even being more covered, I think is cute too...

#2 Bonnette

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 09:30 AM

Cristian, what a fun project! I found this dress on a Google search for vintage prom dresses...the model isn't exactly "of the period," LOL, and doesn't show the dress to its best advantage, but at least you can see the entire gown if you scroll to the bottom of the page. Your friend will probably have more luck finding what she wants by looking for circa-1950 prom dresses, than wedding dresses per se. Hope this quest has a very happy ending! :clover: (I think we need a clinking champagne glass emoticon.)

Edited to add: Here's another confection! The site (Blue Velvet Vintage) includes vintage-inspired and genuine vintage garments (like this one). It's wonderful!

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 02:15 PM

Thanks Bonette for the link!
Yes, I had noticed that we had more options under the cocktail dress criteria, which is what Hepburn's just looks like, with the easy addition of a bouquet, veil and gloves. :)
What really inspired our searching was the ballet-themed thing. Looking at old pics, back when the Giselles skirts used to be very ample and fluffy and not too long, was the real inspiration, just as in this beautiful pic of Spessivtseva... :wub:

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 03:47 PM

Lovely photo!

Cristian, maybe take a look at this site when you get a chance - they have vintage formal and informal wedding gowns, veils and complete wedding paraphernalia. Some of the gowns are reproductions, and some are genuine vintage. The beautiful Spessivtseva's costume in the photo is quite similar to some of the apparel on the website.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 10:32 PM

I like this one... :)

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 02:05 AM

Oh, so do I!

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 08:32 AM

Let's do a little bit of a history...! :)

From Marie Taglioni’s “Sylphide”
http://rpmedia.ask.c...ni_-1832_-2.jpg

To Anna Pavlova’s ”Giselle”
http://visualrian.co....jpg?1096457100

To Helen Rose’s model for Grace Kelly in High Society
http://www.wornthrou...race-kelley.jpg

To Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchi for “Funny Face”
http://octoviana.com...edding-Gown.jpg

To Alicia Alonso’s “Giselle” ca.1950’s
http://www.mielofon....lonsoAlicia.jpg

To Giambattista Valli’s Spring 2009 Collection.
http://sidewalkisaru...ispring2009.jpg

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 10:35 AM

Cristian, you've made my day! :clapping:

I love all of those images, and of the dresses there simply can't be one more sublime than Hepburn's. Honestly, it's just so refreshing to see these. Thank you! :flowers:

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 11:20 AM

I like this one... :)

Oh, so do I!


So do I. :thumbsup: Very similar to the one my step-niece wore for her wedding just a few years ago. Same line, with a strapless, fitted bodice and a full, Romantic tutu net skirt.

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 03:55 PM

I like this one... :)

Oh, so do I!


So do I. :thumbsup: Very similar to the one my step-niece wore for her wedding just a few years ago. Same line, with a strapless, fitted bodice and a full, Romantic tutu net skirt.


That's definitely the most "tutu-like" of them all...the skirt is very ample, and not too long. Also is just as simple as a tutu. I don't like too much embroidery or lace on wedding dresses. Definitely a classic. The model's pose is also very "Dior-New Look" like...the hair and makeup perfect. The shoes are too high though...
Some pearls around her neck would be fine too... :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 04:57 PM

The shoes are too high though...Some pearls around her neck would be fine too... :thumbsup:

Absolutely, I agree. Platform spike heels have no place with this simple, elegant look - and pearls would have been a lovely addition.


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