Fashion: 1930s Inspired – Johanna Johnson Spring/Summer 2014 Muse Collection

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Last year was the year of the roaring 1920s on the fashion runways, but 2014 has moved on to the 1930s. For all you fashionable brides out there, you might be wondering what are the main differences between the two styles. While both the fashion of the 1920s and 1930s embody the best of Hollywood glamour, the style of the 1930s was influenced by the then-ongoing Great Depression, and the tighter censorship that was born as a response to the decadence of the former era. The solution that creative designers came up with was the use of slinky fabrics such as silk and satin in “covered up” designs. However, far from being prim and proper, the fabrics cling to women’s bodies and left little of their curves to imagination. The use of halter neck and scoop neck designs also meant that the dresses often gave a cheeky peek of women’s décolletage.

As we were looking around the web for great designers that have taken references from the 1930s, we were delighted to chance upon Australian designer, Johanna Johnson. Her Spring/Summer 2014 collection, titled Muse, that was unveiled just at the New York Bridal Week is a tasteful collection of luxe pieces that celebrate the woman’s body, and reflect the glamour of the era.

According to the designer, the collection was inspired by the many Art Deco buildings in New York itself. “From the elegance of the Chrysler Building, to the empress of the city – The Empire State building – this collection is made up of beautiful embellished beaded designs, paneled silk gowns, detailed French laces and reflective metallic silhouettes.”

For us here at Wedding & Travel, we loved the subtle but luxurious colour palette and the clever panelling that is cut to flatter the feminine form. From more low-key pieces that add just a touch of sparkle with diamante details, to opulent pieces that go all out with bejwelled neck pieces and head pieces, the collection was a delightful hark to the glamour of the era. Check out Johanna Johnson’s collection below and let us know what you think!

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(All images from Johanna Johnson)