1920s Romance

In keeping with the 20s / gatsby feeling on the blog this week, today we are sharing these gorgeous images by Josie Richardson Photography.  Featuring an original vintage 1920s dress and hat, this timeless shoot takes place in modern day Brisbane – but who can tell!  It really does feel as though we have unearthed treasured images from days gone by of a gorgeous young couple madly in love.

This 1920s inspired shoot is part of a stunning study by Josie Richardson covering the trends of bridal fashions over the last one hundred years.  The entire study can be found on her website for those who share the love of vintage fashion trends.  Here is an except of her piece to set the scene for the surrounding images,


When going back through the history of wedding dresses over the last century, it makes sense to start in the 1920’s. This period in fashion, after World War I, was influenced and defined by rapid sociological change. The removal of distinctive elements of pre-war dress and customs consequently had a big impact on women’s clothing. Did you know that, according to our friend Wikipedia, in 1917 the US War Industries Board asked women to stop buying corsets to free up metal for war production? This allowed for saving of enough metal to produce two battleships! 

The post WWI sense of optimism and prosperity also changed women’s roles in society. More women started attending college and going to work, and marriage, which would previously have taken place around the age of 18, was now delayed until the mid to late 20’s. Western women had gained the vote and gender roles became less polarised. Previously worn constrictive and corseted dresses were moved aside to make way for the popular boyish look that defined the flapper dress of the 1920’s. This first part of the century was one of the starting moments in the feminist movement which influences the way women live today, so of course changes in fashion were a natural extension of the era.

The Cloche(french word for ‘bell) hat first appeared around 1908 and by 1916 had evolved into it’s distinctive close fitting style. Despite appearing 10 years earlier, it is considered the iconic hat of the 1920’s. The cloche in the images below is most likely made from Baku straw. Originally from Thailand, this material didn’t make it to the West until 1926. The upturned brim of the hat and it’s art deco styled broach puts it in the mid to late 1920’s. I’ll let you do the maths to assess how old this beautiful hat actually is. Thank you to Maudie’s Millinery, who provided the cloche and the dress, for loaning me these wonderful and original pieces!


PHOTOGRAPHY: Josie Richardson Photography
DRESS & HAT: Maudies Millinery
HIS OUTFIT: Can You Keep a Secret
HAIR & MAKEUP: Nicola Gangemi
FLOWERS: Emma Blak
MODELS: Emma Dorwood and Nate Swindale