With the release of Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby and a season of summer weddings around the corner, the style of the roaring 20s have entered (or re-entered) everyone’s consciousness!  We got swept up looking at photos of beautiful, whimsical, and sometimes shy or stern looking brides from the era.  The caplet and crown veils! The bias-cut silk gowns! The enormous flower displays! Here are a few of our favorites, first an array of group and wedding party images, then couples, then brides on their own:

Want more 1920s style? Check out our “Weddings of Yore” board on Pinterest!

Last but not least, a few Eve in Eden picks for a gorgeous Deco-inspired ensemble of your very own!

Can’t get enough?  See even more 20s influenced bridal gowns, jewelry and accessories right here!

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Lace fabric is practically synonymous with bridal designs.  Women currently shopping for or who have purchased a dress will recall the flurry of fabric choices that open to them the moment lace is selected as an option.

Here’s the Eve in Eden crash course: all the basics you’ll need to distinguish Chantilly from cutwork, Tambour from tape and macrame from Mechlin.

For centuries, lace was manufactured exclusively by hand; entire cities economies were buoyed by the industry and regions lay claims to certain styles or signatures in the design of their lace.  In 1768, John Heathcoat created the first lace-making machine and turned the industry on it’s head – handmade lace became a hobbyist’s project and industrial lace manufacture took the reins.

Lace exists in many varieties; the broad categories are needle lace, bobbin lace, crochet lace, knotted lace, knit lace and machine-made lace.  Many modern wedding gowns employ antique (ie not machine-made) styles but are in fact machine made; finding a hand-made lace, even when shopping for a vintage dress, is uncommon.  There are exceptions, though! Sonia Kasparian of Urchin Redesign, a Portland-based line of couture-level handmade gowns, jewelry and accessories sources and incorporates antique and vintage laces in her designs, available at Eden and through custom order!

Now, a short primer: needle lace falls into two broad categories which each contain their own subcategories: embroidered lace and cutwork lace.  A few examples of embroidered lace:

Clockwise from top left: Teneriffe lace, Tambour lace, Reticella lace, Filet lace.

A few examples of cutwork lace:

Catherine Middleton’s royal wedding gown was made with Carrickmacross lace.  Top right, another example of Carrickmacross lace.  Bottom right, Battenburg lace.

Bobbin lace also comes in many forms: ancient, continental, point ground, and Guipure.  A few examples of those:

First row: Antwerp lace, a type of ancient lace; Mechlin lace, a type of continental lace; blonde lace, a type of point ground lace. Second row: another example of blonde lace; Point de Venise lace, a type of Guipure lace; Chantilly lace, a type of continental lace.

Finally, a few examples of knotted lace, knit lace and crochet lace:

Clockwise from top left: tatted lace, a type of knotted lace; knit lace; macrame lace another type of knotted lace; and crochet lace.

Eve in Eden has many vintage lace gowns, veils and accessories available for purchase.  View some of our selection here; to see it all, stop by the shop!

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Last September, Eden introduced Kiowa Rose Jewelry – an ornate hand-beaded jewelry line that, like many of our other jewelry lines, also happens to be local!  We also interviewed designer Rosie Long about her passion for beadwork and jewelry here – check it out, it’s a great read!  This Spring, a few Eden staffers travelled out to Rosie’s country house for a visit.  Her studio is incredible – stockpiled from floor to ceiling with new, vintage and antique findings beads and other jewelry flotsam and jetsam.  Her decor is equally unbelievable – treasures from the Victorian through Nouveau and Deco eras adorn every room.  It was completely inspirational for us – here’s a sneak peak at our studio visit with Rosie Long.  All photos by Carlie Armstrong for Eden.  Special thanks to Rosie for letting us come visit, and for being kind enough to allow us to look through all of her collections!

Even more exciting news… Kiowa Rose will be presenting a line of bridal jewelry at Eve in Eden along with several of our other designers!  Here’s a preview of some of the amazing pieces she made, exclusively for us!


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We debuted the first Look Book for Eve in Eden just a few weeks ago, and talented photographer Eric Rose has shared with us more images from that lovely day – enough for a second look at what’s to come from Eve in Eden.  This collection of images is so filmic and reminds us of glamorous silent film era brides, a theme no doubt amplified by the beautiful theater in which these photos were taken.  Enjoy!

This look book was shot at The Crystal Ballroom by photographer Eric Rose with models Annie Montgomery, Haley Robison and Lyla Rokoff.  Art Direction by Cindy Rokoff.  Styling and set design by Carlie ArmstrongJesseca McCloskeyBrehan Todd and Marika Emerson.  Hair by Jessica Adams, Makeup by Marta Heitz.  Gowns by Urchin Redesign and Eve in Eden vintage.  Jewelry by AcanthusAy MariekeBrehan ToddDemimondeJesseca Anne, Kiowa Rose and Sahlia.  Shoes provided by Solestruck.

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We’re pleased to debut our second Eden Look Book – just in time for Holiday!

The  concept: off Kensington’s swinging High Street, and into the artists studio go two muses – one light, one dark… possessed with the eccentric allure of rock star girlfriends, rivaling the strength of Gaelic warriors, the dark glamour of high priestesses, their closets heaped to the brim with opulent furs, tweeds, silks and sequins, bodies stacked with glittering metals and stones…

“…A silver sword by an ancient ford was my gift from this child of the trees…” Painting by Alexander Rokoff. On Haley: Vintage “Harper” blouse, $78.  “Divine” green agate and onyx necklace by Brehan Todd, $199. “Triple Serpent” necklace by Jesseca Anne, $65. Vintage “Hollis” tweed skirt, $42.  On Annie: “Hel” earrings by Jesseca Anne, $45. Vintage “Autumnal Daphne” dress, $145. “Woven Conversation” necklace by Sahlia. “Torched and Tied” necklace by Sahlia. “Metropolis” necklace by Jesseca Anne, $95. “Pharoah” ring by Jesseca Anne, $45. “Prophecy” rings by Jesseca Anne in black (one worn on each hand,) $30. Silver sequin belt on loan from stylist Ryan White.

“…Torch girl of the marshes, her kiss is the whip of the moon…” Paintings in progress by artist Alexander Rokoff.  On Haley:  “Noir Princess” hat by Brehan Todd, $54. Vintage “Silver Geometry” cocktail dress, $85.  “Rosette” necklace by Kiowa Rose, $550.  “Prophecy” ring by Jesseca Anne in green, $30.  On Annie: “Coral Byzantine” earrings by Jan Michaels $108. Vintage “Chestnut” fur coat (shown in second photo,) $145.  Vintage “Peach Bellini” dress, $135. “Coral Fascination” necklace by Kiowa Rose, $95.  “Madeleine” long pendant necklace by Brehan Todd, $112. Vintage magenta velvet ribbon (used as belt.) Vintage “Creme de Cocoa” belt, $36. “Noir Armor” cuff bracelet by Brehan Todd, $82.

“…Chariots of silk she rode, stallions of gold she owned…” On Annie: Rhinestone earrings by Brehan Todd, $108.  Vintage “Madrigal” wrap dress, SOLD.  “Elouise” statement necklace by Brehan Todd, $175. “Cyborg” necklace by Jesseca Anne, $65. Brass cuff bracelet by Mishakaudi, $42. “Wish Upon a Star” cuff bracelet by Brehan Todd, $70.00.  “Prophecy” ring by Jesseca Anne in green, $30. Druzy ring by Jesseca Anne, $50.  Vintage Butterfly in glass apothecary jar, $68. Gorgeous George the Peacock, $1800.

“…A mask of jade I shyly laid to thy form of finery – a root of star, baby…” On Haley: Vintage hat on loan from stylist Ryan White.  Vintage “Shake Senora” blouse, SOLD.  Vintage “Liesel Dancing” vest, $38.  “Cairo” necklace by Kiowa Rose, SOLD.  “Prophecy” ring by Jesseca Anne in black, $30.

“…Oh Debora, always look like a zebra, Oh Debora, always dressed like a conjurer…” Painting by Alexander Rokoff.  On Haley: Vintage Red Fur hood, $52. Vintage “Catalina” dress, $185. “Mandala” necklace by Pure Jewelry, $260.  “Sterling Silver Crochet Cuff” by Pure Jewelry, $680.  Vintage tambourine, $78.  Jeffrey Campbell Lita Boots provided by SolestruckOn Annie: “Louisa” chandelier earring in green agate by Acanthus, $96. Vintage “Osaka Noir” silk robe, $165. Vintage “Belle Felicidade” sequin leotard, $66.  Vintage Turkish necklace, $95. ”Biba Primavera” necklace by Brehan Todd, SOLD.  “Nagini” cuff by Urchin Redesign, $165.  Boots and socks, Annie’s own.  Oscar the vintage papier-mâché Zebra, $185.  Vintage wingback armchair, one of set of two, $325 each.

“…Take me down to Sensation Boulevard…” On Annie: “Hanging Gardens” earrings by Jan Michaels, $110.  Vintage “Moi Aussi” dress, $68. “Hanging Gardens” necklace by Jan Michaels, $85. Black and Aqua Fringe necklace by Kiowa Rose, $145. “Arachne” crocheted cuff, $68.  “Noir Armor” cuff bracelet by Brehan Todd, $82.  “Pharoah” ring by Jesseca Anne, $45. On Haley: “Golden Shield” earrings by Ay Marieke, $60. Fur vest and vintage sequin shorts on loan from stylist Ryan White. Vintage “Pointelle Peaks” strapless top, $38. “Wish Upon a Star” necklace by Brehan Todd, $72. “Maria” necklace by Jesseca Anne, $65. “Freder” bracelets by Jesseca Anne, $60. Bangle bracelet set by Jesseca Anne, $45. Druzy ring by Jesseca Anne, $50.

“…The Huntress stands, with peacock hands she’d take me to where she’d lie…” On Annie: Vintage tulle and peacock feather veil, on loan from stylist Ryan White.  Sterling silver cross earrings by Pure Jewelry, $280.  ”1000 Cranes” dress by Ms. Wood, $1300.

“…Like a white star, tangled and far, Tulip that’s what you are…” On Annie: Vintage “Madcap Coral” cloche, $42.  ”Biba Primavera” necklace by Brehan Todd, SOLD.  Annie is surrounded by assorted Vintage Suzani pillows, made exclusively for Eden by Lees Lamar.

*For more information on items featured above and to purchase, please refer to links to our website.  Where links are unavailable, please call (503) 222-2285 or email customerservice [at] edenportland.com

Many incredibly talented ladies and one (incredibly out-numbered) man lent their hands to making this shoot a success. We were happy to include some familiar faces from our Fall 2011 Look Book: Annie Montgomery, the photographer then, is the model now.  Former behind-the-scenes photographer Anja Verdugo acted as lead photographer, models Consuelo Wise and Marika Emerson helped style along with last year’s stylists Brehan Todd and Jesseca McCloskey.  And of course, proprietress Cindy Rokoff furnished the incredible vintage goods, props and acted as Art Director.

Art direction: Cindy Rokoff

Lead photographer: Anja Verdugo

Behind-the-scenes and detail photographer: Carlie Armstrong

Models: Annie Montgomery and Haley Robison

Hair: Jessica Adams

Makeup: Firiel Harbin

Styling and set design: Ryan White, Jesseca McCloskey, Brehan Todd, Consuelo Wise, Marika Emerson.

Shot at Falcon Art Community and in the art studio of Alexander Rokoff.  Paintings featured in photographs kindly furnished by Mr. Rokoff.

Shoes provided by Solestruck PDX.

Caption quotes are Marc Bolan (T. Rex) lyrics.

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