A Travel Back in Time with Dana Harel

A Travel Back in Time with Dana Harel

For many decades women and men around the world have used fashion as a form of expression and creativity. Over the years, fashion has greatly evolved. Once the mid-19th century hit, people were beginning to care more about what they were wearing.

 Although fashion is constantly changing and evolving, designers from around the world have used runway shows, magazines, and influential figures to create pieces that fit the current trends. The wedding industry has had staple characteristics that have remained the same throughout the years such as wearing long, white dresses that women of all ages look forward to and fantasize about. On the other hand, the necklines, shape, and details of the dresses have changed immensely over time.

Every decade has changed the way women and men think about fashion. Trends have ranged from fringed flapper-style dresses to modest and moderate necklines. Take a trip back in time with us, and see how our gowns resemble each decade’s most prevalent trends.


The Roaring ’20s was the decade that changed fashion for the better. Women were sporting unique styles that hadn’t been seen in the previous decades. The trends from this era were Great Gatsby-esque old Hollywood-inspired pieces. Glamorous gowns were popping up left and right and fringes were everywhere. Our Sasha, Mila, and Jade gowns embody what 1920s fashion looked like.


After a decade full of bold style, the 1930s were a time full of simple, sleek lines. Bias cut gowns, silk fabrics, and rounded curves replaced the geometric lines and eye-catching styles from the previous era. Simple designs such as our Daria or Marni are perfect reflections of the 1930’s.


Following in the 30’s footsteps, the ’40s continued the idea of simple, flattering designs. Modest pieces were created to highlight a woman’s hourglass silhouette. High-neckline wedding dresses and collared tops followed by an A-line dress that cinches at the waist was what women looked for in the clothing they were purchasing. Our Tara, Naya, and Olivia gowns all consist of high necklines and beautiful designs.


Poodle skirts: the 1950s favorite trend as per our Kylie, Gabrielle, or Chloe. Women’s clothing in the ’50s prioritized fashion that was elegant and flattering at the same time. Cinched waist designs continued to progress while tea gowns and ball gowns were portraying the hope that the population had for a better future following the end of World War 2.


1960s fashion was slightly all over the place strictly because people were dressing in ways that truly expressed who they were as individuals. Long puffed bubble sleeves such as our Celeste gown were something that women loved wearing. Medallion necklines and slimmer styles were also starting to blossom. With the 60s being the period of free love and acceptance, fashion encapsulated the true meaning behind “dress what you feel”. Our Harper dress portrays our idea of freedom in the 1960s.


The 1970s was a turning point in the fashion industry as this was the era that Christian Dior first showcased a collection incorporating large puffy sleeves and high neckline pieces. Ankle-length dresses were also making a statement along with paisley, floral patterns, and long, flowing gowns. The Elle Dress from the Day Dream collection is one of our favorite mid-length gowns while our Kaya from the New Dawn collection is the perfect combination of graceful and sleek.


Large skirts were making a comeback in the 1980s. Babydoll dresses and lace fabrics were some of the most prevalent trends. Bold style consisted of taffeta and puff dresses while more simple designs were taking a backseat. The Anais from the Spring Blossom collection and the Christy from the Day Dream collection both resemble 1980s fashion.


After a decade full of bright colors and bold style, the 1990s was a time for minimalistic, slip-dresses such as our Kate and Dina dress. Solid white dresses made from simple fabrics were what most women were wearing to their weddings. Instead of figure-flattering designs, oversized dresses were what most women felt confident and comfortable in.


The 2000s was the start of the strapless gown. Instead of sporting sleeves or straps, women decided that strapless corsets such as our Colette dress were what spiked their confidence. A-line gowns with embroidered fabrics like our Jessa were also popular. This decade’s fashion took cues from the 1960s free love, bohemian look.


After Kate Middleton rocked her custom-made long-sleeve gown, women all over the world were loving her classy look. Fashion in the 2010s consisted of sophisticated gowns with timeless touches.  The Lena from the Day Dream collection and Emery from the New Dawn collection, resemble designs that were seen all over the runways.

Discover more dresses inspired by your favorite decade through our website, Dana Harel Design,  or come visit one of our retailers today.