Period Bridal Fashion

Downton Abbey Brides Full

Vintage wedding dresses are fascinating to look at. It’s fun to observe how the silhouettes and fabrics evolve through the decades, from a lacy Edwardian confection to a sleek sixties wedding day coat.

Inspired by the period fashion in Downton Abbey, one of my favourite costume dramas, I did a watercolour painting of the bridal looks. Notice how Rose’s wedding ensemble is the most youthful (for that time) with its flapper-inspired touches like the dazzling embellishment and looser cut.

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Here’s an amazing sixties wedding dress found on Mill Crest Vintage. Love the combination of a fitted, heavily-beaded bodice with a simple column/ slightly-flared skirt.

 

 

Period Bridal Fashion

Ballet Series

I’ve always been fascinated by the stunning lines created by ballerinas, ever since I watched a Swan Lake performance as a child. Ballet as a subject has been explored by artists like Edgar Degas, who capture the grace, elegance and movement of the dance. I played with using minimal, gestural lines in watercolour to depict the fluidity and extension of the ballerina’s limbs.

Ballet Series