Bridal Accessories

The Juliet Cap Veil Revival

After my post regarding the flawlessly chic, vintage wedding of Kate Moss and her absolutely stunning veil, I had a mini Juliet cap veil infatuation!

Kate Moss's Juliet Cap Veil

As a bride I chose not to have a veil – now I wonder why?! (although I still adore my deco inspired asymmetric hairband!) The incredible Vera Wang says “The wedding veil is at once sacred and seductive” and I couldn’t agree more – especially some of the glorious veils I came across, they would simply be the crowning accessory for any vintage inspired bride!


Today, the Juliet Cap Veil is associated with the 1920s and 30s and images of Brides with huge oversized bouquets, wearing gorgeous silk bias cut wedding dresses but it was originally fashioned in the 16th Century! The name actually stems from that most romantic Shakespeare play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ – original drawings of Juliet depicted her wearing a cap that fit neatly to the top of her head.

1929 Bride with Juliet Cap Veil


Since its popularisation in the 1920s, some of the most chic and elegant women have chosen a version of the Juliet Cap veil for their big day, including……

Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953The epitome of chic, Jacqueline Kennedy in 1953

Tyrone Power and Linda Christian WeddingLinda Christian when she married the suave Tyrone Power in 1949

Grace KellyAnd of course the beautiful and radiant Grace Kelly in 1956

And it seems it is having something of a revival today, as more and more brides (not just Kate Moss) turn to this icon of a bygone era to complete their wedding day look. Whilst merrily surfing the net for Juliet Cap Veils, I came across this divine real life wedding, on one of my favourite wedding blogs Snippet & Ink – a glorious site for brides to while away a few hours, gleaning ideas and inspiration.

1920s inspired bride in Juliet Cap Veil(Ebony’s perfect fingerwaves and vampy makeup were done by Miss Mae)

Ebony and Andrew got married in the gardens of the Victorian Cottage at Kurrajong at the base of Sydney, Australia’s Blue Mountains. Both wore traditional attire of the 1920s era – Andrew in top hat and tail, Ebony in a stunning gown by Mr K and a fabulous vintage veil found on eBay no less!

1920s inspired bride in Juliet Cap Veil

To make her vintage veil everything she dreamed of, Ebony altered it a bit: “It was lovely but very plain. I had my heart set on a glamorous traditional veil worn by flappers of the art deco era and so I appliqued French lace all over the front of the cap and added three roses either side. The lace, roses and entire outer edge of the veil were hand-beaded. It took me around a month to complete.”

For anyone, without the skills and luck of ebony :-), wanting to re-create the look there are some fantastically talented designers creating vintage inspired veils. Some of my favourites are by Australian designer Johanna Johnson, who has a range of glorious veils (as well as dresses and other accessories) reminiscent of the art deco era, many of which are available to buy through her online store and can be shipped internationally (I love Johanna’s work and will definitely be featuring more of her designs in the not too distant future)

Johanna Johnson's Lucy VeilLucy made of delicate French lace hand sewn onto cathedral length French silk tulle.

Johanna Johnson's Vintage Veil

Vintage, exquisitely hand beaded with delicate gold beads. The floor length (180cm) Vintage veil is soft French silk tulle in Johanna Johnson ‘sand’ colour and is also available in cathedral length (250cm)

Johanna Johnson's Milla VeilMilla – shown here with ‘Garland’ single hairpiece (sold separately)”

(The above 3 images from Johanna Johnson)

Delphine Manivet is a French designer very popular in her home country, she has a growing fan base in the UK, and also has stores in Japan and America. Excitingly Delphine is about to launch an online boutique, that will provide the opportunity to purchase Delphine Manivet accessories (veils, headbands etc) world wide. She has a truly vintage style and an incredible eye for detail……

Delphine Manivet Juliet Cap Veil(Image from Elizabeth Messina)

Couture Australian wedding designer Lisa Gowing also has a beautiful French lace edged mantilla veil in her range, which is I think a slightly more modern take on the Juliet Cap Veil – and it matches two of her stunning dresses (Clementine and Gwendolyn)

Gwendolyn by Lisa Gowing(Image source Lisa Gowing)

There are some wonderful retailers selling vintage and vintage inspired veils in the new Wedding category on Etsy…..

Sibo Designs Touch of Love Veil(Image source Sibo Designs)

Erica Elizabeth Designs Juliet Cap Veil

Erica Elizabeth Designs Cap(Images from Erica Elizabeth Designs)

Veiled Beauty Juliet Cap Veil(Image from Veiled Beauty)

Velvet Owl Cap(Image from Velvet Owl)

And of course, one of my absolute favourite bridal headwear retailers Twigs & Honey has sensational cap veils available (I’m sure I don’t have to say again that they offer international shipping)……

Twigs & Honey Style # 224

Twigs and Honey Juliet Cap Veil Style #103

Oh they are just all too gorgeous! I would love to see photos from any brides inspired to wear a Juliet Cap Veil on their wedding day.



15 Responses to “The Juliet Cap Veil Revival”

  1. January 21, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Fabulous round up! Kate has certainly shone the spotlight on the Juliet cap veil once again

  2. Heather
    April 14, 2012 at 5:15 am

    I must say that I too have a mini love-affair with juliet cap veils right now. Well, some I adore (usually the ones that lie flatter on the head and have a band like the ones designed by Johanna) and I do not so much love the ones that have the princess Leia bulbs effect around the ears). Anyway, I’m wondering if anyone has opinions about certain dresses that this type of veil works with and dresses that it doesn’t work well with. I’m considering an organza drop waist dress – very simple with delicate, if any, beading or lace – like this –


    • Jessie
      May 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      Actually, I had a very similar question, as the gown I wanted is a strapless sweetheart. I don’t see why a juliet cap wont work with the type of dresses you like, I guess if it’s an ultra modern looking dress, it might be a different story.

      • Amy
        May 22, 2012 at 10:34 am

        I completely agree Jessie, you just have to find the right Juliet cap (or mantilla) veil for your dress – and they’re so on trend at the moment, there are plenty to choose from. Just try plenty on and if possible in your dress and with your hair as close to how you’ll have it on the day as possible. Oh and enjoy the search :-) x

    • Amy
      May 22, 2012 at 10:18 am

      The Juliet Cap Veils with the Princess Leia type bulbs around the ears (I do love that description :-)) I think are better suited to more vintage styled wedding dresses, but I think a simpler Juliet Cap Veil, like Johanna’s Lucy or Milla or this one on Etsy, would look stunning with a dress like the one on the link! I would suggest you try a veil like the one you’re thinking of when you try on your dress, its hard to imagine how it will all look but once you see yourself in it you will know if it’s right or not :-) Have fun x

  3. November 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    gorgeous!! for your custom made veils check out my website or facebook page!
    Carissa May

  4. May 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Hi I do not know if you are attempting to give a little fashion history lesson here but, some of your information is incorrect. Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy wore a juliet cap which believe it or not was still around in the 80’s. Interestingly each generation has it’s own interpretation. Never the less it was always made with silk covered wire and or a buckram frame raised up like a little mound on the head to give a kind of updo like appearance. The picture of Grace Kelly is the most accurate image “historically” speaking.
    The twenties veil caps which you are showing are not a juliet but I was always told are a bridal version of the flapper skull cap. I was a bridal millinery shop owner back in the early 80’s and still creating today. I am now teaching my twenty year old daughter the business.

    • Amy
      May 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks Debra for your comment and for your expert information on the 1920s veils – Juliet Cap or flapper skull cap, I love them either way :) x

  5. January 19, 2015 at 3:02 am

    beautiful 1930s juliet caps

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