Bombshells: My Favorite Old Hollywood Brides

It's #bridalweek on the shop Instagram this week, so I thought it fitting to focus on brides in this week's Fashionable History post. I'm always inspired by Old Hollywood and for the brides my taste runs from the traditional to the slightly off beat. Here are my favorites, in no particular order: 

Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra. 1951.

Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra. 1951.

I love Ava's two tone dress she wore for her third marriage and to the love of her life, Frank. Their marriage was tumultuous but she never got over him. Designed by Italian house Fontana who also designed the costumes for many of her movies. The halter style was always so flattering on her! 

Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Charrier. 1959.

Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Charrier. 1959.

Hands down Brigitte is one of my top style idols and her pink gingham wedding dress makes me so happy! Yes, it's pink! I love her easy summer in Provence style. It can't be beat! 

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller. 1956.

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller. 1956.

Marilyn just looks so amazingly beautiful in the wedding photos from her marriage to Arthur Miller! A simple cream dress that fits her curves beautifully. I think her happiness over powers the dress, which is what truly makes a beautiful bride! 

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. 1964.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. 1964.

The first wedding for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton was in 1964 in Montreal. This was Liz's 5th wedding! When Liz was with Richard, she really came into her own fashion wise and embraced the 60's. She wore a canary yellow chiffon dress designed by Cleopatra's costume designer Irene Sharaff. Hyacinths decorated her hair and a large Bulgari brooch topped off the look. Filming Cleopatra was where Liz and Dick met and became the most talked about celebrity couple. Liz is absolutely gorgeous in these photos! 

Elizabeth Taylor. 1964.

Elizabeth Taylor. 1964.

Grace Kelly. 1956.

Grace Kelly. 1956.

You simply can't do a post on Old Hollywood brides and not include Grace Kelly. Her marriage to Prince Rainier in 1956 is still the most iconic princess moment ever! Replicated over and over again but just can't be beat. Absolutely stunning!! Her dress was designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose. MGM footed the bill for the dress and gained exclusive rights to film the wedding as part of Grace's contract with the studio. Today this dress would cost $63,000! 

Who is your favorite vintage bride? What are your favorite bridal looks? Princess or gingham? Tough choices I know! Would love to read about your inspirations in the comments below! 



Image credits: Ava= googleimages. Brigitte= Vogue. Marilyn= pinterest Liz Taylor= Brides. Grace=

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Lingerie By Decade- 1950's

I'm back on my blogging schedule after some major US election woes and computer issues. I'm not sure what the future will bring but it's always important to know your history. With that said, let's get started on this month's Fashionable History installment. In our Lingerie By Decade mini series, we are already at the 1950's. You can find previous decades here

The 1950's is post WWII with an emphasis on creating a family and being "happy". The hourglass figure is in- ultra feminine looks with nipped in waists. Women are either wearing full or fitted pencil skirts to emphasize their curves. Lingerie sales increase as women have a need to lift, nip in, and shape. Nylon is also more available and this makes lingerie not only more affordable but also more colorful as well. 

1950's Bras


The pointy cup is still in fashion after starting in the late 1940's. Bullet bras, cone bras, whirlpool bras are still selling. "Sweater Girls" are popular and no one wore this look better than Marilyn Monroe. 

1950's Panties


Tap pants are replaced by nylon panties with elastic at the waist and around the leg. High waisted full coverage panties look best under slim pencil skirts. Ruffled and more decorated versions are available to wear under full skirts and dresses. 

1950's Shapewear


Corselettes, or merry widows as they are starting to be known as, are still being worn as they were in the decade prior. However, the waist is even more nipped in. Two piece sets are also common, in the form of a bra and high waisted "waspie" girdle. This was not a time of comfort but cake is apparently okay if you wear the right under-garments.

The Petticoat


The fabric shortage and rationing of the 1940's is over and to make up for it, skirts and dresses are full. Full and frilly circle skirts take up a lot of yardage and to help give those skirts their shape, petticoats and crinolines are worn underneath. Some are soft and with many ruffles and layers, others are made from tulle and stiffer fabrics to aid in the poufy shape. This becomes a whole new item to add to your wardrobe that we haven't seen in ages. 

1950s Slips and Nightwear


Elizabeth Taylor in a Cat On a Hot Tin Roof sizzles in her white full slip above. Marilyn Monroe shows off her silk slip below. Worn over shape wear just like in the 1940s slips are not meant to be seen which made these images so alluring.


As mentioned before nylon fabrics are now fully integrated in lingerie manufacturing. With that comes more affordable color choices than previously available and more and more lingerie is sold. Variety in styles is also more evident when it comes to slips and nightwear to suit the individual style and age of the consumer. The modern age of lingerie is born. 

This concludes our history of 1950's lingerie. Stay tuned for next month's installment- the 1960s! Afraid to miss out? Sign up for my monthly newsletter or follow on bloglovin'