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Design your own wedding dress: copy the old Hollywood stars

In DIY, Dresses on March 12, 2009 at 1:18 pm
Dress by Adrian (Greta Garbos designer)

Dress is by Adrian (Greta Garbo's designer)

If you’re going to shell out for a beautiful dress, you might as well get the most beautifully designed one you can. And unless you’re an astoundingly talented dress designer, it’s probably worth taking some inspiration from some of the most beautiful classic long dresses known to womankind. In other words, if you’re going to steal, do it from Waitrose rather than Costcutters.

Joan Crawford:

Joan Crawford wears a streamlined dress as Letty Lynton in 1932, designed by Adrian. It demonstrates the fashion for classical drapery with its bias-cutting, draping and wrap details.

Joan Crawford wears a streamlined dress as Letty Lynton in 1932, designed by Adrian. It demonstrates the fashion for classical drapery with its bias-cutting, draping and wrap details."

Greta Garbo:

Greta Garbo

Greta Garb

Rita Hayworth:

Rita Hayworth in a pink and silver lame evening dress designed by the famed Hollywood designer Howard Greer.

Rita Hayworth in a pink and silver lame evening dress designed by the famed Hollywood designer Howard Greer.

Learn to do hair like hers here.

!930s designer, Madeleine Vionnet:

Dancer Irene Castle poses in a classical-style dress, 1922

Dancer Irene Castle poses in a classical-style dress, 1922

Then a little later, there’s Audrey Hepburn:

Audrey Hepburn in a 50s wedding dress

Audrey Hepburn in a 50's wedding dress

And for a more modern Hollywood icon, try Keira Knightley‘s amazing green dress from Atonement:

The green dress in Atonement

The green dress in Atonement

And if all this is too much and you just want a hint of vintage, try Circa Brides, London.

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  2. That is not Greta Garbo.

  3. Totally agree with copy Waitrose not Costcutters! Speaking of taking inspiration from film stars, my friend got married in a BCBG Max Azria white evening dress – they dress a lot of stars for the Oscars. It was a beautiful wedding dress, cost only £300 but looked a million dollars. Harvey Nichols stock them, or you can buy online from the US site. I’ve just had a look at their site and they have some BEAUTIFUL white dresses in at the moment.

  4. this is so bad my day was ruined

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  6. Iain can tell you more about that and how it impacts on the number of comments, because he tried it once and didn’t like it for that very same reason. ,

  7. I have found a vintage 1940s original pattern that is 90% like the dress I would like for my special day..My mum is an excellent seamstress and once we have chosen fabrics she will toille this up for me and as I am a skilled pattern cutter we will work together to make the more flattering changes! Pattern only cost $18 and fabric I am expecting to pay £250 for.. BARGAIN!

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