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Retro-style wedding dresses for the 'Mad Men'-loving bride

June 4, 2010 | 12:10 pm

Vintage bridal gowns
It's pretty hard to resist accenting my everyday wardrobe with items that mimic the vibrant-colored, sophisticated styles of the female characters on AMC's "Mad Men" -- but for a bridal gown? For brides setting their sights on tea-length and tulle on their wedding day, here are some resources:

Dolly Thicke's Tarzana-based salon Dolly Couture celebrates the era of the hourglass figure and specializes in ready-to-wear and custom-made '50s- and '60s-style dresses, (we like The Edmonton, $395, pictured above left, and The Beverly Hills, $895) plus they have the red patent-leather peep toes and pretty petticoats necessary to complete the look.

Custom-made vintage dresses and accessories, such as the above center 3/4-inch sleeve gown that retails for $210, are available at the Clever Vintage Clothing. But why stop there? Brides can also outfit their entourages at this in Downtown's Fashion District store.

The same goes for fashionista favorite Tavin in Echo Park, which recently added vintage bridal gowns dating from the Victorian Era to the 1970s -- including the above right whimsy romantic Bouffant 1950s gown for $750.

Check out more shops after the jump.


Retro wedding dresses

Etsy.com sells several retro-style gowns, including the above left v-neck tea-length dress ($598, or with added beading done by hand, $640) and other custom-made reproductions from Bridal Bliss Designs in Kansas City, Mo. (which recently partnered with the custom vintage-inspired shop Peppermint Pretty).

Want a little color with your cocktail hour? Retro-loving website, ModCloth.com starts selling its frilly orange-and-ivory floral The I Do Dress ($895) (its first official foray into the wedding market) in July. Sure, it doesn't scream "wedding gown" as much as the others on this list, but there is something festive and memorable about Portland, Ore. designer Amai Unmei's handmade, 100% silk dress.

But why stop at boat neck tea-length gowns? Unique Vintage in Burbank has its share of those too. (The one pictured above right retails for $660.) But brides not content on sticking with the Eisenhower era might enjoy other options, such as this old Hollywood glam-style harlow gown ($118).

-- Whitney Friedlander

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Top photo, left: Dolly Couture's The Edmonton. Credit: Stefanie Keenan

Top photo, center: A custom-made vintage gown from Clever Vintage Clothing. Credit: Ritt Mesee

Top photo, right: A vintage wedding gown from Tavin. Credit: Leigh Hodnet

Bottom photo, left: Tea-length, vintage retro-inspired wedding gown from Bridal Bliss Designs. Credit: Made u Look Photography

Bottom photo, center: Mod Cloth's The I Do Dress. Credit: Mod Cloth

Bottom photo, right: Fancy New York's 1950s-style boat neck empire waist tea-length wedding dress. Credit: Unique Vintage
 

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