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Vintage Smart

Taunton, Somerset.

Vintage Smart

Lasting beauty and value

Vintage Bridal

I have selected some beautiful items, suitable for a range of ceremonies, whether it is Church, Civil Ceremony, or Beach.

As well as period vintage originals and one-off, pre-loved vintage style gowns shown below, I make dresses to order in the style of any era you require. (See Smart Couture section)

Visit my studio - by appointment, to try before you buy or, e-mail me for precise measurements of particular items at [email protected]

Dresses may be adjusted to fit. Please enquire about alteration costs if required.

Genuine Vintage Wedding dress 1956

Photo by Lucy Driver

This wedding dress came to me together with the pattern from which it was made, and the magazine article from which the pattern was ordered in 1956. Modern size 8/10

The dress is unlined and is hand-finished rather than overlocked internally.

This is a beautiful dress and hangs very nicely. I have left it completely original but could replace the zips at the back with button and loops if desired and add in a lining or petticoats.

Please ask for a quote for additional work.             

Clayton-Jane Photography

Vintage 1930's style dress

Clayton-Jane Photography

This elegant, sleeveless, ankle-length pale ivory 1930's style dress has a silver beaded bodice and flattering bias cut lined crepe skirt, which skims the body.

Vintage style lace dress

Photo by Lucy Driver

Clayton-Jane Photography

Pretty Victorian style ivory/cream lace gown with on/off shoulder, slightly elasticated wired lace flounce. Lace skirt over cream satin is gathered at the waist.

Vintage 1920's style dress.

Photos by Lucy Driver

Sleeveless tiered, soft Ivory matt satin dress,

with hand-beaded side lace panels (Nottingham lace). Ruched front panel.

Beaded lace cap and veil sold separately

(See Bridal Accessories)

Clayton-Jane photography

Vintage style 1950s dress

Photos by Lucy Driver

Very pretty pale ivory 50's style tea length gown. Lace bodice with gathered chiffon skirt and neck drpae detail with chiffon fabric roses. Worn here with separate full 1950's style net petticoat.

Bias cut Modern Vintage 1930's style gown.

Pretty informal bias cut 30's style silver satin gown with draped cowl neckline and spaghetti straps. Beautiful lace applique and beading down left side. Ideal for a relaxed beach wedding.

Tea length lace dress

Photo by Lucy Driver

Beautiful tea length lace dress with dangly lace hem detail. Creamy/ivory colour. Optional detachable adjustable straps. Net underskirt. Size 12. Suitable for Mother of Bride and Guest as well as informal wedding ceremony.

Crochet 'shrug', and jewellery sold separately.Parasol available to hire.

Photo by Lucy Driver

Clayton-Jane Photography

Photo by Lucy Driver

Cream lace fitted dress

Stunning strapless cream lace, below knee-length dress, with ribbon tape bow applique detailing on bodice. Scalloped edge lace at hem. (Karen Millen). Ideal for a civil ceremony.

Ribbon lace jacket availble separately

Photos by Lucy Driver

Genuine 1960's Vintage ribbon lace coat

This item can be accurately dated to 1966 The same fabric and very similar design of coat features in the book 'Marriage a la Mode- Three Centuries of Wedding Dresses' from The National Trust.

<Picture from 'Marriage a la mode'

I think the lace has been used more attractively for this > design with the scalloped edge creating the hem of the sleeves which are three-quarter -length. The collar also creates a more structured look and height at the neckline which is flattering.

There is no stretch to the lace and it is unlined. This coat would fit size 12 - 16 depending on how fitted you wish it to be.

Vintage Weddings- Inspiration

The woman pictured at the top of the page is my grandmother. She was a miniature portrait artist. She is pictured wearing her wedding dress which is a classic 20's early '30's style. I intend to make a replica of this dress in the near future. It appears to be pink lace. Right > is her self-portrait (actual size!) and a picture of her with my father in his pram. She was a stylish and talented lady and has been a real inspiration!

My mother was married in the '50's and her wedding dress is traditional and fashionable for the time. Hand-made by a family friend. Sweet-heart neckline, fitted bodice with full skirt and long sleeves. Made from white brocade. Worn with full-length veil.