1860 Bridal Apparel

Godey’s was a lady’s magazine that provided women with a guide to popular fashions and other things of interest to women. How exciting it must have been for women living in remote areas to see how modern women were dressing in the “big city”.

This issue of the famous fashion magazine included this wonderful example of 1860 bridal apparel. Along with the glowing bride, this magazine plate includes her attendants – also dressed in their finest gowns.

Bows must have been in fashion as the bride’s dress features bows down the length of the front of her dress. Her veil gently drapes down to the floor and though we can’t see it, her dress may have a sizable train. The skirts of the age were so very wide that perhaps no train was needed.

The dresses of the other ladies also have elaborate decorations going down the front of their dresses. Their bonnets have long ties that extend out beyond their shoulders.

This vintage clothing image is hand colored and would make a nice addition to a project about Civil War era fashions, weddings or bridal attire.

1860 Bridal Apparel

This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.