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1920s Wedding Dresses: 29 Styles for Modern and Vintage Loving Brides

Beading, silk, fringing, glitz and silhouettes that are perfect for throwing shapes on the dance floor – 1920s inspired wedding dresses are making a comeback. Discover the best 1920s wedding dresses for every bride

Black and white photo of a woman doing up a beaded 1920s v necked flutter sleeved wedding dress in a mirror

Many have predicted that a roaring 20s revival is nigh, and not simply in fashion circles. After enduring two years of cancelled weddings and parties, social isolation and general pandemic induced hardship, it makes sense that the celebratory spirit of the 1920s will soon bubble to the surface, like a fine champagne, and 1920s wedding dresses are the best place to start for a touch of Gatsby glamour. 

Given that those famous Great Gatsby-era parties went into full swing following the Spanish flu pandemic, it’s no surprise that we’re taking inspiration from the jazz age across the board, from mixing up decadent cocktails to embracing spangly flapper-esque dress.

Bridal designers have referenced 1920s and art deco touches throughout their 2021/2022 collections, bringing hallmark styling from the era bang up to date. Think fringed edging, silk slip wedding dresses, geometric beading and 1920s Chanel-esque suiting. Ready to party? Browse our edit of the best 1920s wedding dresses to suit modern and vintage brides alike.

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The Best 1920s Inspired Wedding Dresses 

1. Dolly Tulle-Embellished Wedding Gown – £4,194, Jenny Packham

White woman with long loose dark hair wearing a cap sleeves beaded Art Deco style Jenny Packham dress with drop crystal earrings

Known for her contemporary sequined and beaded designs, not to mention starry clientele (the Duchess of Cambridge is a devotee), Jenny Packham has been creating wedding dresses with a modern nod to the 1920s for over three decades. Dolly is one such art deco dress. Sheer panels, ivory silk, flutter sleeves, intricate beading and a scoop back make for a wedding dress to raise a (coupe) glass to. 

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2. Ryder Dress – £850, Catherine Deane

Olive skinned woman with light brown hair in a forest wearing two crystal hair slides and a slim strapped crystal bodice midi wedding dress with a fringed skirt

A neat beaded bodice, slim straps and triangular fringed skirt give this midi wedding dress present day 1920s appeal. The ribboned waist breaks up the textures of the dress for an even more eye-catching effect. Ryder is just the thing to slip into for a city wedding.

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3. Oria Dress – £POA, Rosa Clará

Black and white photo of a slim white woman with a low chignon wearing a sleek white wedding dress with a floral embroidered deep v neck bodice

The fact that Rosa Clará has just released a 2022 Gatsby collection will be music to the ears of 1920s loving brides-to-be. Expect beaded bodices, slim yet flowing shapes that allow for easy movement and an artful application of glitz. Square backed Oria is ideal if you’re after a contemporary silhouette with subtle vintage touches. 

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4. Snowdrop Gown in Champagne – £550, Needle & Thread

White woman wearing a long sleeved champagne coloured embroidered, sequinned and beaded wedding dress

Got a winter wedding planned? Snowdrop will twinkle in the cool light and boasts art deco touches aplenty. The champagne hue was a popular jazz age shade, while the sequin beading would kick off the Charleston nicely at the reception. The loose fitting silhouette is reminiscent of shapes favoured by flappers, and the ruffle trims at the neck and the sleeves create movement. 

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5. Ooh La La Dress – £POA, Watters 

Black woman with long centre parted dark hair wearing a v necked wedding gown embellished with clear drop crystals and geometric beading, standing against a window in a white room

There’s embellishment, and then there’s diamanté drop crystals. This sleek light nude wedding dress features an overlay adored with latticed silver beading, a skimming but not clingy slip dress and a sheer low V-front and back. No accessories needed with this beauty. 

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6. Cathlyn Wedding Dress – £370, Phase Eight

White woman with swept back blonde hair wearing a sleeveless v necked blouson waist beaded white wedding dress

Cathlyn's soft waistline, draped cowl back and loose fishtail hem fits right into the refreshingly relaxed shapes of the 1920s. Swirling sequin and bead embroidery enhances the art deco aesthetic. 

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7. Elder Dress – £POA, Halfpenny London

White woman with shoulder length straight blonde hair wearing a long spaghetti strap wedding gown with long beaded fringing

The swishy beading on this stellar wedding gown will make quite the entrance on your wedding day. Spaghetti straps and a draped neck make the perfect canvas for all of that jazzy embellishment. 

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8. Adeline Wedding Gown – £POA, Elspeth Gillis 

White woman with mid length brown hair and a red lip in a country house garden wearing a beaded wedding dress with a white skirt and nude bodice and cold shoulder sleeves

A delicate nude and white wedding gown that whispers art deco thanks to scalloped beading and a drop waist. The detachable cold shoulder sleeves are a cool touch (...sorry). 

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9. Musetta Dress – £POA, Eliza Jane Howell

Black and white photo of a woman standing in front of a mirror wearing a beaded white wedding dress with fluted sleeves and a v front and back

If classic beaded 1920s wedding dresses are on your wedding dress wish list, look no further than hand beading specialist brand Eliza Jane Howell. There’s every variation of beaded wedding dress you can possibly imagine, from shimmering mermaid-like tiered skirts to pearl embellished art deco dresses (flappers loved pearls, after all). 

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10. Lottie Dress – £495, Nadine Merabi

White woman with blonde hair in a sleek ponytail wearing a short fringed and feathered white wedding dress

A short wedding dress that screams ‘fun, this crystal, bead and feather adorned design is quite literally scintillating. Team it with killer heels and a bold lip for a modern, breath-taking bridal look.

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11. Essie Top and Skirt – £POA, Charlie Brear

White woman with copper dip dyed shoulder length hair and copper glitter eyeshadow wearing a halter neck beaded white fringed top and miniskirt against a terracotta wall

These luminous fringed separates look just like a minidress but have the flexibility to be worn again and again with different outfits, from your honeymoon to summer festivals. The Gatsby crew would approve. 

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12. Olay Dress – £POA, Rosa Clará

Slim white woman with a low loose chignon wearing a v neck white beaded Art Deco wedding dress with ribboned shoulders and crystal drop earrings in a garden conservatory

Speaking of Gatsby, here’s another beauty from the Rosa Clará Gatsby collection. A straight cut and plunging neckline contrasts with whimsical ribboned straps and romantic yet directional beading. The deep v-back adds a sensuous feel - ideal if you're after a sexy wedding dress!

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13. The Daya Dress in Cream – £790, Solace London

Black woman with cropped hair walking in a high necked drop waist cream wedding gown with a wide skirt

A cutting edge spin on a 1920s robe de style, a gown famed for its full skirt and dropped waist. The high neck, low waist and opulent voluminous skirt of this crepe and twill wedding gown lend drama, plus we’re pleased to tell you that it has pockets.   

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14. Alphonse Crystal-Embellished Chantilly Lace Dress – £4,896, Erdem

Black woman wearing a crystal and lace embellished white wedding gown with a t-shirt neck and sleeves, drop waist, wide skirt and a pearl and gold box clutch

Pearls, crystals, Chantilly lace and a pleated drop waist – this high fashion wedding dress delivers 1920s references aplenty while keeping things fresh. The high necked t-shirt shape balances out the luxe embellishment beautifully. 

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15. Stella Drop-Waist Crepe de Chine Gown – £850, Halfpenny London

White woman with long brown hair wearing a white drop waist wedding dress with a round neck and puff sleeves, holding a small cream clutch with a black wristlet

Same vibes but made for minimalists, Stella is just the dress for ‘smart casual’ styling. A dropped waist, pockets and wide sleeves make it probably the comfiest wedding dress ever made. Pair it with big earrings and a statement clutch for contrast. 

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16. Allen Lynette Dress – £POA, Sottero and Midgley

Black woman with a loosely curled black updo wearing a crystal lattice bodice white wedding dress with a wide tulle skirt

You shall go to the 1920s ball. This dreamy wedding dress combines a Swarovski crystal embellished lattice bodice with a tulle skirt that floats on air, and it's a great choice if you're looking for a Gatsby style plus size wedding dress.

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17. Galactic Top – from £400, Lucy Can’t Dance

White woman with light pink hair and a wide gold spike tiara against a green velvet backdrop wearing an Art Deco sheer embroiled white top over a white slip dress with a thigh split

If a spangly art deco design catches your fancy but you’d like to keep your skirt simple, this sheer sequin lace top could be the one. Wear it over a white, ivory or more vibrant slip dress for a flash of 1920s style. 

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18. 270 Dress – £POA, Jesus Peiro

White woman with long black hair, white hoops and a white headband wearing a sleeveless v necked white wedding dress with long beaded fringing and a sheer glitter white cape over the front of the dress

This mermaid dress takes texture and sparkle to fresh heights. The long bejewelled fringing will sashay down the aisle all by itself and the sheer glitter tulle cape can be worn over the front or back of the crepe dress for even more dazzle. Team it with loose hair for a nonchalant finish.  

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19. Savannah Dress – £275, ASOS Edition

White woman with dark hair in a low bun and a fringe wearing a flutter sleeves embroidered Art Deco style white dress with a flowing skirt, holding a light pink rose

This may be a beading and sequin-free zone, but the embroidery on this vintage style flutter sleeve dress is distinctly art deco. A round neck, fitted bodice and cut out back give it a gorgeous shape too. We love how affordable it is - browse even more high street wedding dresses here. 

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20. Open-Back Embellished Tulle and Silk-Chiffon Gown – £2,775.44, Temperley London

White woman wearing a lightly beaded and Art Deco embroidered white bodice wedding dress with short frilled sleeves and a loose slim skirt, holding a silver clutch bag

Both bohemian and flapper-ish, this crochet-style, hand beaded gown would look equally magical for an outdoor summer wedding or teamed with a bridal jacket in the chillier months. The low scoop back and easy breezy pleated skirt make it a pleasure to slip into too. Speaking of slips…

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21. Willa Bias Midi Dress in Lemon – £310, Sir The Label

Brown skinned woman with centre parted dark hair wearing a light yellow silk slip dress with a black trim and split skirt

Chemise style dresses were a slinky hit in the 1920s and this zingy lemon hued black lace trimmed slip would look divine on an alternative bride. Team it with a blazer, strappy heels and an updo to add a formal edge for a registry office wedding. 

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22. White Sequinned Bari Dress – £1,925, Galvan 

Black woman wearing a spaghetti strap slip dress embroidered with lines of white sequins with a thigh split, metallic strappy heels and a black clutch bag

Just as sleek, the rows upon rows of different textured sequins sewn onto this spaghetti strapped slip dress shimmied straight out of a 20s jazz club. The thigh split ups the ante even more.

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23. Cayo Coco Dress – £POA, Rembo Styling

White woman with blonde hair in an updo and chunky black and white earrings wearing a v neck flutter sleeves Art Deco bodiced dress with a plain chiffon skirt against a sunny field backdrop

A scalloped embroidered sheer top is a favourite art deco motif while the low v front and back and transparent ribbon waist add contemporary detail to this lightweight chiffon wedding dress. It’s a cool option all round for a summer wedding. 

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24. Obara Dress – £POA, Rosa Clará

Black and white photo of a slim white woman with a low loose chignon and drop pearl earrings wearing a beaded sleeveless white wedding gown with a blouson waist and straight skirt

Do 1920s wedding dresses get more iconic? This intricately beaded dress ticks almost every box for brides looking for a wedding dress that replicates the era, from twinkly embellishment to the blouson waist. Team it with slightly undone hair and a directional clutch for an offbeat feel. 

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25. Mason Bridal Gown – £280, Raishma 

Brown skinned woman with black Hollywood waves wearing a sleeveless Art Deco beaded straight white wedding dress

With beading from scoop neck to toe, this glimmering, straight skirted wedding gown is surprisingly affordable. The lack of train makes it ideal for a rural elopement, or just dance your way freely from ceremony to reception. 

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26. Ivory Embellished Bodice Maxi Bridal Dress – £309, Monsoon

Tanned white woman wearing a vintage style cream wedding dress with a scalloped v neckline, fluted embroidered sleeves and a beaded embroidered bodice

Floaty sleeves, a softly scalloped v neck and delicate silver and white embroidery make this inexpensive wedding dress look and feel ethereal. The light as a feather train means that it adapts to beach and alfresco ceremonies without a hitch. 

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27. Hathaway Dress – £POA, WToo

Olive skinned woman with centre parted dark hair holding a light pink rose bouquet wearing a sleeveless white wedding dress with a beaded embroidered bodice and sequin belt

A more structured bodice and beaded belt lend this sleeveless wedding gown more formal 1920s flair. It’s seriously elegant and requires very little in the way of dressing up – glowing make-up and a chignon would look fresh. 

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28. Celena Tweed Midi Dress – £1,495, Huishan Zhang

White woman wearing a long sleeved white tweed midi dress with buttons down the front and strappy black heels

Coco Chanel first debuted her legendary tweed suits in the 20s so this white tweed button down midi dress is a fitting tribute. Silk lined and long sleeved, if a winter city wedding is on the cards, this will keep you toasty and chic all day (and night) long.

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29. Sarabeth Dress – £285, Reformation

White woman with a short dark blonde bob wearing a simple ivory wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, thick straps and a long fringed hem earring a dark green mini clutch in front of her

Ending on a fringe-hemmed high, this simple wedding dress is made for low key brides. The sweetheart neckline and ivory shade add to the romance. 

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