Evolution of the wedding dress

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Evolution Of The Wedding Dress


From pant suits to pounds of tulle and lace, the wedding dress has evolved but still equates to magical.

Ahh the wedding dress. It's remained an obsession for many girls ... but it's look has been ever changing. Today, the aisle sees a lot of different looks -from bare backs and shoulders, to silk and lace and all kinds of lengths.

But way back when, trends weren't always so diverse. In the early 1900s, brides were sure to cover up with high collars, long gloves and puffy sleeves. Many women even went with mauve and pale pink-colored dresses. By the 1950s hemlines, gloves and veils got shorter and shoes were given a bigger spotlight. Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly were big trendsetters with the sweetheart neckline trend.

And the 70s we saw the pantsuit! Here's Bianca Macias marrying Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger in the suit that caused a pop-culture sensation in 1971. And then there's Princess Diana's trend-setting train in the 80s that women are still gawking over today.

Strapless gowns became a staple in the 2000s as more weddings took place outside of churches in more country clubs and event spaces. Which brings us to today - where the dresses are as unique as the women that wear them.

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After marrying in Glastonbury, Jack and Bianca Vaughan (2nd R) from Reading arrive at the same time as thousands of others ahead of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts in Somerset, southwest England, on June 25, 2014. US metal giants Metallica will play this year's coveted Saturday night headline spot at Britain's Glastonbury festival, organisers announced Thursday. It will be the 'Master of Puppets' four-piece's first appearance at the legendary festival, held in south west England, following on from The Rolling Stones' Worthy Farm debut last year. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian brides and grooms wait as they arrive for a multi-faith mass wedding in Mumbai on June 22, 2014. Over 50 underprivileged couples from different communities were wedded according to the traditions of their faith on the occassion. Mass marriages generally organised by social organisations to cut ceremony costs are common in India with its billion plus population where the custom of dowry and expensive gifts from the bride's family still prevails among certain segments of society. AFP PHOTO/ INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 21: Newlyweds Jennifer Miller and Michael Bennett display their excitement after having their pop up wedding at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. on June 21, 2014. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 21: Newlyweds Michael Bennett and Jennifer Miller proudly display their wedding certificate after having their pop up wedding at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. on June 21, 2014. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CORDOBA, SPAIN - JUNE 21: Pedja Mijatovic and Anetta Mijatovic attend the wedding of Veronica Cuevas and Manuel Del Pino on June 21, 2014 in Cordoba, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
A bride poses with two sailors of the Russian Navy on Larnaca's coast after a mass civil wedding ceremony for foreign couples organised by the southern Cypriot city's municipality and travel agents on June 20, 2014. Ninety couples, mainly Israel and Russia, tied the knot in the east Mediterranean island, a popular wedding destination for Israelis because there are no civil marriages in their country. AFP PHOTO/YIANNIS KOURTOGLOU (Photo credit should read Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP/Getty Images)
TEKIRDAG, TURKEY - JUNE 19: Bride and groom prepare for paraglide in Sarkoy district of Tekirdag, Turkey on June 19, 2014. Kivanc Altun and Nilufer Altun are a married couple who met while paragliding in Sarkoy came to same place after their wedding to paraglide with their wedding dresses on. (Photo by Emrah Gokmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND - JUNE 19: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES) In this handout image provided by Glasgow 2014 Ltd, Damone Barnes and Sally Virginia Eastmond relay the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton on their wedding day at Gretna Green in Dumfries & Galloway on June 19, 2014 in Gretna Green, Scotland. Scotalnd is nation 70 of 70 nations and territories the Queen's Baton will visit. (Photo by Ben Birchall/Glasgow 2014 Ltd via Getty Images)
CORDOBA, SPAIN - JUNE 21: Victoriano Valencia and Veronica Cuevas attend the wedding of Veronica Cuevas and Manuel Del Pino on June 21, 2014 in Cordoba, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MONTECATINI TERME, ITALY - JUNE 15: (L-R) Groom Pat Jennings Jr and bride Sarah Morrisey are seen after their wedding at Santa Maria in Selva on June 15, 2014 in Montecatini Terme, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
An Indian muslim bride accepts the terms of her marriage in a mass wedding in New Delhi on June 15, 2014. Some 92 low-income and disabled couples tied the knot in a free mass wedding ceremony organised by the non-profit organisation Narayan Sewa Sansthan. AFP PHOTO/ Chandan KHANNA (Photo credit should read Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)
With a view of the neighbouring city of Vitoria in the background, a couple have their wedding photos in front of the historic Covento da Penha in Vila Velha, Brazil, on June 10, 2014. The Cameroon and Australian teams are based in the city of Vitoria as they prepare for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. AFP PHOTO/William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
DANA POINT, CA - JUNE 08: Bride Valentina Tran and Groom Eric Vergati celebrate their wedding with an officiate at the BRIDES Live Wedding at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort on June 8, 2014 in Dana Point, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BRIDES)
MALAGA, SPAIN - JUNE 06: Elisabeth Reyes and Sergio Sanchez pose after their wedding on June 6, 2014 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by Daniel Perez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 05: EXTRA hosts a wedding gown fashion show at Westfield Century City on June 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images for Westfield)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 31: Real Madrid Football Player Nacho Fernandez And Maria Cortes Wedding on May 31, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
Japanes women pose for a photograph in front of a fountain at Place de la Concorde in Paris after their wedding, on May 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
GOIANIA, BRAZIL - MAY 28: Fan of Goias dressed as a bride with her boyfriend before a matchÊbetween Goias and Vitoria as part of Brasileirao Series A 2014 at Estadio Serra Dourada on May 28, 2014 in Goiania, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 24: Entertainer Donnie Davis (C) officiates over the wedding of mini Kim Kardasian and mini Kanye West as entertainment host Jeff Beacher (R) witnessess the wedding presented by Casamingos Tequila and Yacht Club Vodka during Beacher's Madhouse Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on May 24, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)
Syrian groom Waref Hameedo (R) and his Palestinian bride Maha Abo-Alkas pose for a picture during their wedding in Gaza City on May 23, 2014. Waref, who now works as a chef in a restaurant after leaving his war-torn country nearly two years ago, met his Palestinian bride Maha Abo-Alkas, who is a journalist, as she was covering events in the strip. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrian groom Waref Hameedo and his Palestinian bride Maha Abo-Alkas pose for a picture with the pre-Baath Syrian flag, now used by the Syrian opposition, during their wedding in Gaza City on May 23, 2014. Waref, who now works as a chef in a restaurant after leaving his war-torn country nearly two years ago, met his Palestinian bride Maha Abo-Alkas, who is a journalist, as she was covering events in the strip. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
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