Elizabeth Taylor married seven times and wore seven different wedding dresses in her life, but it was in 1950 when she said “i do” to Conrad Hilton that she wore a satin gown which is considered as one of the most iconic dresses of all time. It was designed by Helen Rose, MGM costume designer who also made Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. It resembled the one she created for Elizabeth’s role in the film Father of the Bride. It is definitely a fairy-tale gown with a big full skirt, long sleeves, illusion neckline and delicate embroidery which she teamed with a neat up-do, red lips and bold brows.
When Priscilla Presley married Elvis Presley in May 1967 in Las Vegas, she wore a fabulous loosely fitted silk chiffon dress with lace sleeves and a three-foot long tulle veil. Her make-up resembled the typical sixties look of very dramatic eyeliner, false eye lashes and candy pink lipstick. She designed the dress herself for an intimate ceremony attended by only a few guests which didn’t last for more than 10 minutes. However, her simple, but elegant, gown made it into the bridal fashion history books.
Grace Kelly’s fairy-tale wedding gown which she wore when she married Prince Ranier is probably the most famous of them all. It is the symbol of royal chic and it continues to inspire designers all over the world. The gown featured a fitted bodice made from silk crepe and pearl enctusted rose-point lace, a big silk taffeta skirt with layers of tulle underneath and a 1.8 metre long chapel train with a triangular split made from two layers of silk tulle and with lace edges. Grace Kelly exuded style and elegance on her wedding day and her iconic look is definitely a our favourite!
Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen was inspired by Grace Kelly’s gorgeous gown when she created the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress. It featured a strapless corset, a lace bodice with plunging neckline, long lace sleeves and emblems of the UK – the rose, daffodil, thistle and shamrock. Kate also wore a Cartier halo tiara that belonged to the Queen and a blue ribbon sewn into the hem to incorporate “something borrowed” and “something blue” into her wedding outfit.
In 1981, Lady Diana wore a gown made by David and Elisabeth Emanuel which featured a stunning 25-foot train which is the longest in the history of royal weddings. The dress had puffed sleeves and a big skirt with layers of petticoats. The Princess of Wales wore a small diamond studded horseshoe stitched into the back of the dress and a tiny blue ribbon sewn into the waistband. Her natural make-up and effortless hairstyle matched her Cinderella gown perfectly.
Model Kate Moss was married in a vintage inspired gown designed by John Galliano. The gorgeous silk chiffon dress, with intricate embroidery, was very lightweight and ethereal and perfectly matched the Great Gatsby inspired wedding theme. Galliano was inspired by Scott Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda, as Kate’s engagement ring was the exact replica of Fitzgerald’s. She teamed the dress with Manolo Blahnik shoes and wore natural make-up and soft beach waves.
When Jacqueline Kennedy married John F Kennedy in 1953 she wore a breathtaking voluminous ivory wedding dress made from fifty yards of silk taffeta, tiny white gloves, and a huge veil borrowed from her grandmother. This legendary wedding dress was designed by Ann Lowe and featured a portrait neckline and bouffant skirt decorated with interwoven bands of tucking and tiny wax flowers.
Kim Kardashian and Kayne West tied the knot in Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy in May 2014. Kim wore a custom-made Givenchy gown in white lace rumoured to be worth $500,000. The long-sleeveed dress was backless with a train and a dramatic white cathedral-length silk veil completed the look. The bride's hair was worn loose and long, with her make-up restrained and flawless.
Ivanka Trump's custom-made Vera Wang wedding gown was inspired by Grace Kelly's iconic wedding dress featuring layers of hand-appliquéd lace, a sophisticated neckline and sleeves. The elegant design was described as “royal” and “majestic”. The dress was extremely intricate, with three different tiers of hand-appliquéd lace that were different shades of ivory. Ivanka accessorised her dress with $220,000 worth of diamonds from the Ivanka Trump Collection, which included diamond encrsuted stud earrings. We love the simple styling of her hair and bouquet.
Actress Audrey Hepburn proved that tea-length wedding dresses can be as glamorous as a ball gown when she married Mel Ferrer in September 1954. The dress which was designed and made by the fashion house Balmain was a sweet tea-length skirt, with a tiny waist and wide chiffon shoulders that complemented her petite frame beautifully. Audrey finished off the romantic and utterly feminine look with a small white clutch bag and crown of roses in her hair.
Amal Alamuddins and George Clooney tied the knot at the Aman Canal Grande luxury resort in Venice, Italy, in front of a star-studded group of family and friends. Amal's Oscar de la Renta off-the-shoulder French lace wedding gown was truly spectacular! Featuring hand-embroidered pearls and bellishments. "He's such an elegant designer and such an elegant man," Amal said about Oscar de la Renta.
Nicole Richie married Joel madden in 2010 and wore three different wedding dersses on her wedding day all designed by Marchesa. Nicole walked down the aisle in a long sleeved ball gown which featured an enormous skirt made from over 100 yards of silk organza and a bodice made from tulle and lace. The massive skirt came off to make the dress more dance floor friendly. And Nicole and Joel’s names were embroidered on the sleeve. Amazing!
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