Mode Studios has done it again. The think tank behind hit videos such as 100 Years of Lingerie and 100 Year of Men's Swimwear have created another viral sensation. Mode's 100 Years of Wedding Gowns showcases styles from 1915 up until the present, and while some styles are definitely not the best, there does seem to be an underlying idea that some aspects of bridal fashion are just classics. Though the styles in the shoot are standouts, my favorite moment comes at the end when the gorgeous Mode model exits with her bride as a title screen of, "Love is always in fashion" appears. Leave it to Mode to take a viral video and make it into a totally gorgeous message.
Like most of the Mode videos, 100 Years of Wedding Gowns begins with the earliest date. In this case, a gown from 1915. The frock isn't exactly stylish by today's standards, but does have elements that you can clearly see have been translated into contemporary bridal looks. The lace veil is still standard in most wedding fashion, and the silky fluidity of the gown is reminiscent of current chiffon or tulle a-line silhouettes. While these modern elements may be visible in the antique gown, it's still easy to see that bridal style has come a long way.
The flowing or body skimming gowns appear to remain the dominant style in wedding dresses until you reach 1945 when a fitted dress with a gorgeous V neckline shows up to the bridal party. The look is totally classic with long sleeves and ruched bodice, and it's not hard to see that the dress could easily be worn today by a retro loving bride.
Perhaps the biggest changes in wedding gown style occurred between 1955-1985 when bridal style went from tea length lace to extravagant beading and trains. The fluctuations were major with 1955's gown featuring what could easily be an ideal dress for a brunch reception and 1985's dress being an homage to every glittery, glitzy element you ever imagined for '80s fashion.
See? Sweet, tea length lace.
Pure '80s excess.
Following the foray into the '80s, the end of the video is near. Now, the simple, elegant styles of the '90s, '00, and today make their appearances. These gowns are marked by their classic, always-in-style ease, but, as mentioned before, my favorite moment during the video's end comes when the stunning Mode model is united with her bride. "Love is always in fashion" appears on the title screen shortly after.
This isn't the first time that Mode has taken a stance in one of their videos. The 100 Years of Lingerie production featured a gorgeous, body positive message. I love the way that Mode creates interesting pieces with a stylish edge but incorporates inclusivity of all kinds. It's a perfect reminder that acceptance is always stylish.