Gorgeous 1950s style wedding dresses by Lizzie Jayne…
I love it when I get to showcase the talents of up and coming designers, and today on the blog I’m doing just that with Lizzie Jayne. Lizzie started making 50s wedding dresses just over 2 years ago after being frustrated while planning her own wedding by the lack of short wedding dresses available. It was after that she decided to start her own range and says it was he best decision she ever made.
Grace – (c) Richard Banks
June – (c) Richard Banks
I asked Lizzie about the inspiration behind her designs…
Women in the late 50s really knew how to dress. The big skirts, natural waists and simple necklines flatter every body shape and make every wearer feel incredible. The big skirts were initially an indulgence after the ‘make do and mend’ ethos during the war, but full circle skirts with mounds of petticoats were very much connected to rock and roll. For me, the 50s silhouette is the perfect example of how to combine fantastic design with outrageous fun.When designing a new dress I try to create something that takes the classic 50s shape and then give it a modern twist. I love to combine necklines from some of my favourite dresses in my wardrobe, with the big skirts and petticoats that finish off the look. I love that the simplicity can make the dresses so versatile and really allow for every brides personality to shine through. It’s incredible how many different looks can be created from the same dress, from cute and quirky to breathtakingly elegant.
Lizzie Jayne’s new Audrey Hepburn style wedding dress
Lizzie Jayne’s custom made dress for a Vegas bride
Lizzie has her own collection of designs which are customisable with a choice of different silks in a wide range of colours.
Every design can be enhanced with lace, a full tulle skirt, chiffon or even a spotted tulle overlay. Most brides wear a silk dupion sash or belt with their dress, and there’s a whole rainbow of colours to choose from. I like to keep things as simple as possible so that every brides personality is reflected in the way they wear their dress.
All of my dresses are handmade to measure with love, care and attention. Because every dress is handmade by me, small changes to the designs can be made. For example, some brides have a halter neck added to the bodice or lace added to the petticoats. Brides can also choose the length of their skirt, from knee length to ballerina and every length in between. The petticoat (which comes in over 50 different colours) can be hidden, or peeking out. Every dress is as unique as the bride that wears it.
Edith wearing June in white Broderie Anglaise with black sash – (c) Sara Hazelton
Sophie wearing June in sage green silk dupion – (c) unknown
Prices start from £450 for a simple cotton dress without a sash or petticoat, through to £795 for Lizzie’s most popular silk satin dress with a sash and 3 layer petticoat. Tulle skirts and lace overlays are extra. All of Lizzie’s dresses are made from the highest quality silk or cotton.
The silk satin is so luxurious and the indian and chinese dupions have so much life and character.
Lizzie Jayne’s custom made dress for a bride in Japan
If you’re interested in having a Lizzie Jayne wedding dress Lizzie says it’s best to contact her around 6 months before your wedding to allow time for discussions about style and fabric, and contact her as soon as you can if you’re having a wedding from May to September. Most brides arrange everything over email and send their measurements around 3 months before the big day. You can either come to Lizzie Jayne in London for a fitting, or have the dress altered by a local dressmaker.
Thanks to Lizzie Jayne for her contribution on Fifties Wedding today. Absolutely beautiful dresses. For more details please visit Lizzie Jayne’s website or blog.