Custom Made Wedding Dresses-variations in time of war

5/27/2011 0 comments
Today we tend to think of wedding gowns custom made as the ultimate in luxury and self-expression, but in the past were more of a necessity than a luxury.
In 1940, during and after World War II, virtually nothing was available for anything other than progressing the war. Even after 1945, rationing continued for many years and many fabrics and accessories were difficult to find, or completely unavailable. Thus, many women simply don't have the option of buying a gown off-the-peg and had to use their imagination to create what was, in essence, their wedding custom made dresses. Only a few years ago, our grandmothers were resorting to some extraordinary steps:
Some claim to have ' somehow ' possessing silk parachute and used it to their dress-although some say that this was a myth or gossip.
A lot of old clothes to mothers and relatives dated 1920 were hastily dug out of mothballs and re-cycled, with a little cut off here and there to try to update the fashionable 1940s (V collar and lapels basically).
Some custom made wedding dresses of the period had previously been very loved and cloths used ' Sunday best ' white-many brides argue that nobody could tell the difference!
Old (and Old Fashioned) lighting fixtures and old chandelier shines from lighting fixtures, were robbed of their crystal and glass beads and hey-presto, which gown had beads and other decorations.
Lace frills from undergarments were cut off and used for special pieces on the dress.
black shoes were sometimes painted white.
Hard as it may be to believe, some women said they pressed tissue (hard to find) into service as part of their wedding-dress must also have presumably hoped against hope that it does not rain!
coatings from the back of tents were stripped out to make what should have been a white dress ' approximately '.
So, what is the message from this? We know that our ancestors went through hardships that seem unthinkable to us today, but against all that have continued to try to express their individuality on that day very special. It was necessary? Would anyone have minded if the period of war, had something that resembled a wedding dress?
It must be assumed not-yet the fact that many just tried indicates a special dress as for many brides.
Today, custom made wedding dresses can still do the day just that bit more special-and you won't have to start dismantling of tones to make it happen!
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