Friends, you often hear it said that a woman is never more beautiful than on her wedding day. You also hear it said that a woman is at her most radiant when she is expecting.
So, in theory, a bride who looks expectant should be the most beautiful of all.
Which brings us to today's topic, the Empire Wedding Gown, which was the most popular bridal fashion of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Any similarity to maternity wear is purely coincidental.
I know that when I express negativity about certain women's fashions, a number of my readers will take offense, but I am willing to take that risk in the spirit of honesty (and some affectionate ribbing at fashion debacles past). Perhaps many of you like the Empire silhouette: you find it flattering and comfortable, especially after an All-You-Can-Eat Night at Shoney's, or in your fifth month.
But really, is a silhouette reminiscent of nothing so much as a bottle of Mr. Clean pretty? I maintain that it didn't flatter in 1803, and it doesn't flatter now. (You can read more about the origins of the Empire silhouette here.)
I know fashions change, and I've no doubt that in 1968, an Empire gown would have been considered the height of chic. I say it's a look that has aged badly.
In closing, readers, what are your thoughts about the Empire silhouette, as well as its wacky resurgence in bridal wear in the late 60s? Did you, or someone you know, get married in an outfit like this?
I'm open to having my mind changed, I really am. But why would want your waistline to begin immediately under your bosom?
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!