The tight war years were over and gowns got bigger. Brides said goodbye to the slim line trends from the twenties, thirties and forties. The top of gowns also got a bit more revealing and showing your shoulders was all the rage. Elizabeth Taylor's gown in Father of the bride started a huge trend of lace inserts. Todays gowns take the best elements and make them modern, the Harper and Chandler are great examples.