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The Finest Vintage Inspired Bridal Gowns from NYC Bridal Fashion Week

If a vintage wedding dress, like the fabulous frocks I featured in Exquisite Vintage Bridal Gowns from The Frock, isn’t for you but you still want a vintage inspired wedding or theme, then despair not! Many of the oh so talented designers of today have been drawing inspiration from eras gone by for their recent collections and 2012 is no exception.

Jenny Packham Lilac - 1930s inspired halterneck wedding dress

Jenny Packham 1930s inspired halterneck dress

1950s inspired gown from Lazaro

Lazaro 1950s inspired gown

NYC Bridal Fashion week, last week, saw the top designers showcasing their latest collection with so many, clearly vintage inspired, absolutely breathtaking gowns! I have picked a few of my favourites (all from designers stocked and available in Australia and New Zealand) inspired by fashion from the 1920s through to the 1970s……


The Golden era of Art Deco, the flapper and silent silver screen sirens – knee length or floor length, think feathers, rich fabrics and embellishments……

 Marchesa Short 1920s Wedding Dress

Marchesa’s knee length, cap sleeve feather skirted Flapper dress

1920s inspired Jenny Packham Ada Wedding Dress

Jenny Packham Ada – a satin, v-neck, floor length, sheath dress

Or for a more modern feel but still with an Art Deco feel, this gorgeous gown with geometric bodice and decadent net skirt……  Marchesa Art Deco inspired Bridal Gown

Marchesa’s floorlength strapless Deco inspired dress 


Saw the return of sleek, figure hugging, floor sweeping gowns and halternecks were all the vogue……

Jenny Packham 2012 Halterneck Wedding Dress

Jenny Packham Luna – a beaded floor length halter neck gown

1930s inspired Blue by Enzoani silhouette bridal gown

Blue by Enzoani sleek silhouette satin gown (just imagine it with elbow length gloves…the epitome of glamour!)

  1930s inspired Badgely Mischka Wedding Dress

Badgley Mischka Celeste – a cowl neck floor length sheath dress

 1930s inspired Enzoani slinky, lace embellished  floor length gown with cape

 Enzoani slinky gown with lace detailing and cape


The rebirth of the silhouette with emphasised shoulders and waists……

1940s Marchesa bias cut wedding dress

Marchesa’s floor length, bias cut sheath dress with shoulder adornments

1940s inspired Pronovias Old Hollywood Wedding Gown

Pronovias glamourous long sleeved gown (it screams hollywood siren)

1940s inspired Badgley Mischka Calista Gown

Badgley Mischka Calista Gown with exaggerated ruffle at neckline (a little reminiscent of the famour Letty Lynton Dress)


Glamorous, fun and flirty – whether tea length or floor length think nipped in waists and full a line skirts!

1950s inspired Jenny Packham Nymph

Jenny Packham’s Nympth – a tea length a line dress with boat neck and belt

1950s inspired Amsale wedding dress with net skirt

Amsale’s Lynette – a boat neck with floor length net skirt

 1950s Jim Hjelm wedding dress design 8203 with v-neck and a line skirt

Jim Hjelm design 8203 – a v-neck a-line gown

 Or how about a dress inspired by THE icon of the 1950s……

1950s inspired Monique Lhuillier Monroe Wedding Dress

Monique Lhuillier Monroe – a glamorous satin, halterneck, ankle length gown


The decade that saw the emergence of the mini, bouffant hair cuts and black eye liner……

 1960s inspired Ivy & Astor Lace Mini Wedding Dress

Ivy & Astor’s lace mini with a strapless sweetheart neckline

1960s inspired Amsale Knee Length Wedding Dress

Amsale Nola – a  knee length mini with ruffled/feather skirt

 Or if short isn’t for you, then how about this beautiful gown with a touch of Breakfast at Tiffany’s style……

1960s inspired Pronovias Audrey Bridal Gown

Pronovias boat neck floor length gown (so Audrey Hepburn-esque!)


Bohemian and whimsical with free-spirited floaty layers and a relaxed feel……

1970s inspired Ivy & Astor Boho Wedding Dress

Ivy & Astor’s floorlength strapless Bohemian layered dress

1970s inspired Pronovias Bohemian Dress

Pronovias long sleeved, bohemian dress

1970s Pronovias lace layered wedding dress

Pronovias lace layered bohemian dress

There is nothing I love more than a vintage inspired gown with a splash of colour (as you will know if you’re read my Utterly Gorgeous Gowns for the Unconventional Bride post), so imagine my joy when I came across these delectable dresses in the 2012 collections……

Pastel blue Alfred Angelo Bridal Gown 2308

Alfred Angelo Powder Blue Ruffles Gown

 Blush Badgley Mischka Bridal Gown Cascadia

Badgely Mischka Cascadia – blush floor length sheath dress

 Blush Badgley Mischka Bridal Gown Desdemonia

Badgely Mischka Desdemonia Lace v-neck floor length sheath dress

 Enzoani plum coloured vintage inspired gown

 Enzoani glamourous plum vintage inspired gown

Enzoani vintage inspired dusky green bridal gown

Enzoani Dusky Green Gown

 As ever, Vera Wang was by far the most bold with colour, without a single white or ivory dress in her Fall collection, instead pairing black with pretty nude colours – bold, brave and incredibly beautiful!

Black & Blush Vera Wang Bridal Gown

 Vera Wangs Black & Blush Gown

Blush Vera Wang Bridal Gown

 Vera Wang’s Blush Gown

Black Vera Wang Bridal Gown

 Vera Wang’s Black Gown

(Image Source: Brides.com for all images)

 And if you’re still not convinced about wearing colour then take a look at this piece on pretty pastel pink and blush gowns on Brides.com.

Oh I do love my blog and the perfect excuse it gives me to swoon over the latest and most beautiful wedding dresses!



P.S – if you’re looking for a dress drawing inspiration from before the 1920s, then look out for a post coming soon on the amazing 2012 collection from one of my favourite designers!