- In the wake of WW II, the sudden availability of lace made it popular for all gowns.George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images
According to the website Challenge Fashion, the gown Elizabeth Taylor donned in the 1950 film "Father of the Bride" was the most copied wedding gown of that decade. It was also a dress that emphasized how many brides wanted gowns with lace. The dress's cut brought immediate attention to a slenderized waist. In the film, Taylor's V-neck décolletage was layered with lace while the bodice and skirt were sculpted with satin. The satin skirt was split to display a lacy underskirt. The veil was floor-length and made of tulle.
- Jacqueline Bouvier helped popularize the full bouffant skirt style.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
Jacqueline Bouvier inspired many fashion trends, and this included her wedding dress. In September of 1953, Jackie Bouvier wed John F. Kennedy in a gown with a long, sweeping skirt made of Battenberg lace and 50 yards of silk taffeta. According to the website Stylish Wedding Ideas, the gown inspired young brides throughout the nation to get hitched in what was known as a bouffant skirt.
- Grace Kelly's wedding dress helped popularize the application of seed pearls on wedding gowns.pearls image by ivp from Fotolia.com
Grace Kelly was another movie star who created a bridal gown trend. For her April 1956 wedding, she was given a gown from MGM studios. Designed by Helen Rose, (who also designed Elizabeth Taylor's iconic gown from "Father of the Bride"), the dress was another example of the popularity of lace. Sculpted from antique Valenciennes rose lace, the dress was also made from 98 yards of tulle and 25 yards of silk taffeta, according to the Fashion Era website. Thousands of seed pearls adorned the veil.
- Audrey Hepburn's character in "Funny Face" wore a tea-length gown that was soon in vogue.front wedding gown dress with flowers image by Paul Retherford from Fotolia.com
Audrey Hepburn also sparked a wedding gown craze, courtesy of the 1957 film "Funny Face." Unlike the sweeping gowns donned by Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Elizabeth, Hepburn's character wore a dress that had a tea-length skirt that skimmed just past the knees and was made of layers of tulle. The satin bodice was tight and unadorned with capped sleeves, perfect for exposing long, slender arms. In keeping with the theme of modesty of the era, the collar was high.
- Haute couture designer Christian Dior helped make beaded wedding caps popular.Back Dress 1 image by Francois du Plessis from Fotolia.com
Other wedding dress styles included skirts with pleats to make them flare out in a Cinderella style. Some brides skipped the tiara and chose to wear velvet or satin skull caps with tulle veils. Christian Dior contributed to wedding trends by introducing beaded wedding caps and adding veils to standard cocktail hats.