It was the time of the Jazz Age, and women were liberated in many ways including their style of dress. Most wedding dresses throughout the decade were constructed as chemise dresses (a loose straight-hanging, one piece dress) that characterized the era. They were usually made of crepe, satin, chiffon or silk. Neckline styles ranged from berthas to lace trimmed fichus. Most dresses were sleeveless, but long fitted sleeves were reserved for more formal weddings. Shorter wedding dresses were all the rage for both formal and informal weddings, although brides wore gowns slightly longer than day dresses. Some gowns had unusual hemlines, with scalloped edges, asymmetrical or handkerchief points. Most had lower waists, settling near the low hip. The veil was usually attached to a bandeau worn low on the forehead, stopping right above the eyebrows. Fashion was influenced by Chinese and Egyptian motifs, and in 1925 the Exposition des Arts Decoratifs in Paris catapulted French-style Art Deco into the world.
Our Dorothea is reminiscent of Art Deco inspired French gowns circa 1927, made from sage colored silk tissue faille with a subtle texture in a darker and lighter tone. The bodice has a double v-neck in front, the bottom layer made from the darker silk, ending in a V at the bust, and the upper layer ending in a dramatic deep V near the waist. The flirtatious handkerchief hem starts at the lower waist and cascades to the hem in alternating tones of sage. The hem is calf-length in front and becomes floor length at the back of the dress. There are 24 squares of fabric that make up the hem of the dress. The fitted three-quarter sleeves are also finished in a handkerchief motif, which grace the bride's hands and adds to the overall strong geometric design of the dress.
The head piece is sold separately. It is made of antique of clusters silk flowers at each side and connected with four headbands. Creme colored tulle matches in length the hem of the dress.
Dry clean only.