Throwback Thursday: Flower Girls!

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve been very busy throughout August, working on a very special project for a very special couple. I designed and created a flower girl dress which reflected the bride and the day’s overall aesthetic, which meant lots of research. I won’t reveal too much, as I’ll do a separate blogpost all about it, but in the meantime I thought I’d share a vintage assortment of flower girl dresses; a glimpse through the ages as it were. The bride, Tiff, and I studied Costume together, so these images proved very inspirational when designing a dress with a personal touch.

Bridesmaids, Flower Girls & Pageboy from a 1920s Wedding (retro-vintage-photography.blogspot.co.uk)

The styling of the flower girls from this 1920s photograph certainly wouldn’t look out of place in today’s weddings. I love the drop waist and lace skirt teamed with floral crowns- so pretty!

Bridesmaid and two flowergirls enter the church, St. Marks, Darling Point, c. 1930s by Sam Hood (NSW State Library Collections)

I just love the whimsical, airy feel to this remarkable photograph of a 30s wedding. The flowing fabric is so delicate and feminine, epitomising the youth and innocence that the flower girl symbolises during a ceremony.

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Of course I couldn’t help but dig through my own vintage albums for this post. Here’s an old family photograph from my Granny and Grandpa’s wedding on 4th May 1948, featuring their flower girl Jane (not that she looks too happy to be there!)

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III had four flower girls at their religious ceremony on April 19, 1956. (Photo: unofficialroyalty.com)

Ahhh, Grace Kelly. The forever fashionable actress turned Princess’ wedding  was perhaps the most beautiful of the 20th century. The flower girls’ dresses evoke the typical style of the era.

Vintage 1960s Childs Flower Girl Dress Pattern, Simplicity 6996.

The 60s wouldn’t be the 60s without A-line dresses! Further evidence of the era comes in the form of bell sleeves. The floor-length style may not be the most flattering in today’s eyes, but the shorter length reminds me of the hugely popular Monsoon styles that we’ve seen over the last few years.

And of course, this post would not be complete without the two most influential and inspirational flower girl designs of this decade…

William and Kate’s flower girls arriving at their 2011 Royal Wedding (Getty Images).

Who didn’t ooh and ahh as the Royals’ flower girls stepped out of the car before the big wedding? I absolutely love the scalloped underskirt detail along the hemline! It adds a little twist to such a traditional style. Gorgeous!

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince had a grand total of 14 flower girls at their 2011 wedding (Rex Features)!

We come full circle when we arrive at the photos of Kate Moss and Jamie Hince’s flower girls. The dropped waist and flower crowns echo the 1920s and the lightweight chiffon resembles the 1930s.

So there we have it! A little glimpse through time 🙂 Obviously lots of other things inspired me too, but you’ll just have to wait for the dedicated blogpost to see them. And the dress! Ahhh, I can’t wait for you all to see it! Until next time, folks!

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