This fascinating exhibition of wedding photographs show just how much the outfits have changed over the years. The exhibition – shown at Strode Theatre – was as a farewell tribute to manager Liz Leyshon on her retirement. Liz had asked for pictorial contributions and was amazed at the response she got.
Going back as far as 150 years, the collection shows how formal the wedding were, with very staid and unsmiling poses from most people. Dress was very formal, with men in top hats and ladies with high collars and long sleeves.
Early pictures show the development and change from Victorian corsets to 1020 dropped waist dresses. Morning suits and wartime uniforms were the style in the thirties and forties, while in the fifties the waist lines changed.
In the sixties dresses mini dresses were all the rage, and this was often carried over into the wedding dress style. The seventies boasted very lacy and floral arrangements, such as the Princess of Wales’ marriage.
Since then wedding dress has changed to informal styles in registry office events, and sleek looking, colour co-ordinated wedding we see today. Headwear has also changed from traditional veils, to hats, and then back to veils. Floral arrangements have changed from huge bouquets to smaller posies, with flowers in head wear occasionally.
Shorter hemlines and brighter colours are more the norm now, in fact it sometimes seems that anything goes! The collection is a great glimpse into the way weddings, and wedding outfits used to be.