Bridal Fashion 1900-1950 (Kathleen York, Shire Publications,£5.99 on Amazon) gives a fascinating overview of American bridal fashion in the first half of the 20th Century.

bridal fashionWhile there are many books on vintage wedding fashions, this little volume stands out positively by focusing solely on the changing bridal styles in the USA. Author Kathleen York expertly marks the changes that economics, popular culture, and even politics have made to style over the years.

Starting out with the rigid fashion of the early Edwardian period, York showcases how America’s involvement in the First World War, the Flue Pandemic of of 1918-20 and Prohibition all changed fashion and therefore bridal styles. It is fascinating to read about how the discoveries and technical advances of the Twenties, and Hollywood’s emerging silver screen had such a direct impact on wedding dress and veil styles.

Moving on throughout the Depression, Hollywood’s influence during the Forties and the war years, Bridal Fashion 1900-1950 is a well researched and deeply fascinating round-up. Illustrated with plenty of images of everyday wedding couples, this little book is a must read for any brides-to-be and anyone else interested in the correlation between American culture and fashion in the early 20th Century.