I love weddings, (who does not?), especially the celebrity ones. The gossips, the drama, the high fashion, the back-biting, the bridezilla and her notorious mood shifts and the equally spicy news revolving around them; I find everything about a celebrity wedding enthralling, but for me, the best part about celebrity weddings is the brides’ dresses. Oh! How that glorious white gown melts my heart like butter and wedding dresses are what I am going to talk about today, but not just any wedding dress, but the best of the best, the most iconic wedding dresses ever worn in this century and maybe the one before.
1. Princess Diana:
This article had to begin with Princess Diana’s wedding dress. Any fashionista worth her salt would have the full knowledge of the trajectory of Lady Di’s fashion life, her wedding being the starting point of that trajectory. Talking about her wedding would be futile as only someone from Mars would not know about it, so let’s get to the dress itself. Her wedding dress was designed by David Emmanuel. It was a silk taffeta gown with a huge skirt, puffy sleeves decorated all over with antique lace, sequins and pearls. The train was twenty–five feet long and it takes my breath away every time I sneak a peek at it. However, I am not a fan of the puffy sleeves and the frilly neckline. Lady Di managed to carry it with grace but I am not sure anyone else could have done that. In spite of that, this dress remains the most talked about wedding dress in the history of mankind.
2. Grace Kelly:
I first came to know of Grace Kelly when I started watching Alfred Hitchcock movies and gradually, I fell in love with her style. I can’t wait for the Nicole Kidman starrer Grace of Monaco, where she portrays the elegant blue-eyed beauty. The daughter of an oarsman falling in love with a prince, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and getting married to him in a fairy tale wedding; I would love to see that onscreen. The dress she wore for her wedding oozed with this fairy tale aura. MGM Studios’ designer Helen Rose designed this beautiful silk taffeta dress with an embroidered bodice, the semi-sheer full sleeves, the modest high neck and the long, elegant train. She looked like an angel personified.
3. Kate Middleton:
There has been a speculation that Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was inspired by that of Grace Kelly’s. The high neck, the sheer full sleeves, the lace bodice and the full skirt; the resemblance is spectacular and why shouldn’t it be. Both weddings were similar. Both had two princes falling heads over heals with non royalty and we all sighed and smiled and got all mushy at the sights and sounds of the both of them. Well, I am assuming this for Grace Kelly’s wedding of course. Kate’s dress was designed by Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen, but this was kept a secret until the beginning of the wedding service. The dress was made of ivory and white satin gazar, with a full, pleated skirt to resemble an opening flower. The corset was a strapless one under a high-necked, long sleeved bodice in intricate lace work.
4. Jacqueline Kennedy:
This list would have remained incomplete without mentioning Jackie-O. The first American first lady to have sizzled the world with her style and panache, Jackie-O got married in 1953 before Kennedy became the President. Its ironic that I keep calling her Jackie O, the name she was given after her second marriage to Aristotle Onassis when I am talking about her first wedding dress, but for some reason, I can’t seem to be able to shake it off. But enough digressing, her amazing sense of style showed even then. Her dress designed by Ann Lowe, was a full ivory silk taffeta gown with a voluminous skirt which was embroidered to show. The portrait neckline beautifully showed off her elegant long swan-like neck. I am not sure if that kind of embroidery will have takers anymore, but she sure looks elegant in the pictures, giving away a kind of old world charm.
5. Elizabeth Taylor:
I have lost my count of how many weddings this troubled diva had had, but first times are always special, so I am going to talk about the dress the then 18 year old wore for her wedding to hotel heir Conrad “Nicky” Hilton. The dress designed by Helen Rose, who also happened to have had designed Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, was a cream-coloured satin, seed pearl encrusted, smattered with “bugle beads,” with a full skirt and cinched waist and modest full sleeves. It took a fifteen member team to complete the intricately designed dress in about three months. Too bad the marriage lasted only about a year. The other seven wedding outfits she wore for her next seven weddings, beautiful as they may have been, were nothing comparable to this one.
6. Audrey Hepburn:
How can we leave behind Audrey Hepburn from a list of this kind. Ideally, I would have liked to include the tea –length wedding dress she wore in her movie “Funny Faces,” but since this list deals with the real-life weddings, I am going to save it for a different list and instead focus on what she actually wore at her wedding to Mel Ferrer. She got divorced and married again and then again got divorced, but let’s focus on her first marriage. She wore a white organdie gown by French designer Pierre Balmain, tea-length, high neck, buttoned down bodice and flowy, puffy, airy sleeves. It was chic and modern, just like Audrey herself.
7. Kate Moss:
Kate Moss got married in 2011 to Jamie Hince. The dress was designed by John Galliano, a close friend. She wanted the dress to be 1920s-esque and Galliano did the same by taking the inspiration from Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of author F.Scott Fitgerald (one of my favourite authors). The dress had a long opaque bodice that gave way to translucent skirt through which the outline of her legs could be seen. The gown had been meticulously embellished with rhinestone, not very overt but which gave the gown its aura. The gown was not a formal affair but a personal style statement of Kate Moss.
8. Yoko Ono:
Yoko Ono married John Lennon in 1969. A traditional wedding was least expected of them but the dress that Yoko wore created waves everywhere in the fashion world. She wore a BB Dakota tiered white crepe mini dress with knee length socks, felt hat and black sunglasses and she paired them with tennis shoes. Need I say more?
9. Wallis Simpson:
Edward VIII gave up his throne to marry this American divorcee, there had to be something special about her. Apart from sensational speculations about her love life, the one thing that really has managed to stay under the constant glare of the media is the dress she wore for her wedding to Edward. She wore a simple Mainbocher crepe silk dress with a jacket with a demure high neck, long sleeves, buttons in the front; blue in colour (now termed “Wallis Blue”) to match the colour of her eyes. The stark, unadorned dress suit had very clean cuts, non-traditional in every aspect but elegant nonetheless. It is perhaps the most copied and photographed wedding dress of modern times. Me likes this one 🙂
10. Gwen Stefani:
Gwen Stefani and her British beau exchanged vows in 2002. I, as many others expected a very non-traditional dress if not the service itself, but this “Hollaback Girl” surprised us by choosing a full-length Dior gown. She looked like a Disney princess in her white and pink gown. The pink by Stefani’s standard is traditional enough. The only thing that I did not like about her was the makeup which I found to be bit too jarring, but in spite of it, she looked lovely and the dress that transformed her for her special day deserves a place in the list.
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