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1925 - Short Wedding Dress Photo

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1925 Wedding Photos - Fashions of Real People
1925 - Short Wedding Dress Photo


1925 Bride with Father Walking to Church
The Bride - Winifred Roberts

This wonderful old wedding photograph of a bride and her father approaching the church, was taken in 1925.  The bride is the grandma of Jan, who is a regular site visitor to this website.

The wedding took place on what was clearly a bright sunny day on August 1st, 1925.  The lovely bride, shown left, is Winifred Roberts (born on November 4th 1900) and her father Gregory Roberts (born October 16th, 1862) of Walthamstow, Essex (now London E17).

1925 Bride with Father Walking to Church, The Bride - Winifred Roberts, and her father Gregory Roberts.

Read below a little more of what Jan wrote to me about the photo.

1920s Seated Bridal Couples

Jan wrote

'I am now sending a photograph from my grandma's wedding. The photograph shows her with her father walking into the church.

I have noticed a tendency for 1920s wedding photographs to be taken with the bride and groom sitting down. Have you noticed that? '

Indeed I have noticed this point about seated bridal groups. 

If you have an undated wedding photo that looks post Victorian and the bridal party is sat down, it may indicate that the image is of the 1920s/1930s. The 1920s in particular seemed to be a fashion era when the bridal couple or party were seated for their wedding photos.

Jan continued 'This does not show the bride and groom, however, this is the bride and her father striding to the church with good humour and high spirits... and, apparently, a dog-end!'

Yes, just look at that dog-end between his lips.

No politically correct woman in the 21st century would allow her father to escort her smoking!  Today he would be given strict instructions on his behaviour for the big event, by both daughter and mother of the bride.

But in those days women 'knew their place' and maybe this is an example of what is etiquette to one generation, is not considered good manners to another generation.  This truly looks like a joyful event, let's get on with it happy wedding day.

Mary Jane Wedding Shoes of 1925

Take a look at those wonderful Mary Jane bar shoes.  Mary Jane's have come back into fashion and you can see modern versions of the shoes here on my fashion trends pages.

1925 Wedding Headdress

1925 Wedding Headdress

The headdress is typical of the 1920s era, actually, this style had been fashionable since about 1910.  This headdress (above) almost appears to be a flower-bud foundation hat, but with a veil attached.

As the 1920s progressed, the mob cap of the bridal headdress began to be more and more embellished.

Eventually the bride's headdress took on a more medieval appearance looking much like a broad deep tiara. This change of style may be related to the influence of the traditional headdresses shown in posters by the Czech artist Alfons Mucha.  You are reading an original independent 'old wedding photograph' article by Pauline Weston Thomas at ©


The 1925 Wedding Dress Embroidery

You may already have noticed that wonderful, well balanced, embroidery design that meanders and scrolls over the wedding gown from bodice to skirt.  See also how the rose design is repeated in a symmetrical manner on the upper bodice of the wedding gown.

The organic design focuses on a central rose, and makes a play of scale with smaller and larger trailing leaves. This gives contrast between the ethereal light stitches adding intricacy, and the rich weight of heavier embroidery design work. The roses appear to have been worked in a raised satin stitch.

This bridal gown of 1925 was obviously worked with love and with great skill.

Jan explained

'The dress was probably made by the family: grandma was the youngest of five.  She and her three sisters all sewed and embroidered for a living.  Winnie married Albert Jeffryes and they continued to live in Walthamstow, until 1961.

The 1925 Wedding Dress Embroidery

1925 Double Skirt

I find skirts of this era often interesting and this wedding dress captures the dithering hemline of the 1920s.  Skirts were obviously getting shorter.  But huge departures from a particular skirt length and style always takes time for mass approval.  Many women would have played safe and opted for the illusion of a shorter dress. This underskirt may also have been longer and the final under length selected at the last moment.

A year later, in 1926, skirt hemlines shot up and clothes have decidedly C20th fashion look.  Double layer skirts, deep banded contrast hems and handkerchief hemlines are all part of such indecisiveness of design.1921 Dress pattern

The top layer of this 'new shorter' double wedding skirt has a lovely scallop edge and I think I can see some seed pearls or glass bugle beads twinkling.

1925 Compared with 1921

The double skirt was not a new style and had been in fashion since around 1912, indeed, the waist had moved up and down several times.  This image left is of a bridal dress pattern of 1921 and you can see how the style elements are similar to those of the bride above.

If you are researching family genealogy and think the names here are related to you, then you may contact Jan via her website here.

Old photos can be useful when tracing family members and narrowing down search up-to-dates. These 1925 photos may help you put an era to your un-to-dated images.

World Events in 1925

This was the era of film stars such as Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino.  While they were 'walking out' with starlet such as Louise Brooks and Pola Negri, there were no major film star nuptials in 1925.

Interestingly, Percy and Florence Arrowsmith were married in 1925 and in 2005 they celebrated their 80th Wedding Anniversary.

Other events of 1925 include, John Logie Baird building Britain's first TV transmitter.  In Egypt, the Great Sphinx of Giza is unearthed and restored.

You have been reading an original independent 'old wedding photograph' article by Pauline Weston Thomas at ©

These wedding photos must not be published/used elsewhere - 
Copyright  2008

You can read more about 1900's fashions in the Edwardian section
You can read how to up-to-date an old photo in this section here.

Page added 26 March 2008. Ref P.679.



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