“It’s the most important dress in the life of a woman”
This is how the famous designer Oscar de la Renta defined every signle woman’s wedding dress. For this reason we’re glad to show you a collection of 10 bridal gown among the most iconic ones in the history, and not only! To each image follows a short description of the dresses which focuses on the kind of fabric used and on the details that make every cloth unique. The bridal gowns of Lady Diana, Grace Kelly and Amal Clooney are just some of the ones you’ll find in the article.
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Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding dress
For Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding dress, the designer Norman Hartnell visualised a bridal gown of fine pearl embroidery in a floral design, trailed with garlands of flowers. The dress was made from silk duchesse satin. Attached at the shoulders was the magnificent 13-foot embroidered silk tulle full court train.
The wedding dress’ silhouette, with a sweetheart neckline and long, fitted sleeves, was conventional enough. What set it apart were the exquisite pearl and diamanté-encrusted star flowers embroidered on the gown’s bodice, full skirts and ethereal silk tulle train.
Diana Spencer’s bridal gown
Designed by husband-and-wife team David and Elizabeth Emanuel, Princess Diana’s ivory taffeta gown was intricately embroidered with sequins, frilled lace, and 10,000 pearls.
The 25-foot long train, adorned with lace, defined a decade of brides in the 1980s.
Kate Middlelton’s wedding dress
Kate Middleton’s wedding dress had been designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen and it was made with ivory and white satin gazar.
The skirt mimicked an opening flower and pleats, and the train measured 2m70. It featured a narrowed waist and padded hips. There was a delicate pattern of lace across the bodice and skirt, which was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework.
The veil was fairly simple, made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers.
Meghan Markle’s bridal gown
Meghan Markle’s wedding dress was realised by the british designer Clare Waight Keller. The haute couture dress is made of double-bonded silk cady cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasizes the slender waist. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity and Meghan’s 16.5-foot silk tulle veil was adorned with embroidered flowers.
Grace Kelly’s wedding dress
Created by Helen Rose, dressmaker and MGM Studios’ costume designer, Grace Kelly’s wedding dress is one of the most iconic bridal looks of the 20th century. It featured a high neckline, a fitted bodice, a silk taffeta skirt featuring thousands of hand-sewn pearls and a 3-foot long train.
Jackie Kennedy’ bridal gown
Jackie Kennedy’s spectacular, ivory silk taffeta, portrait-neckline wedding dress remains one of the most imitated styles for brides ever since.
It was made by the African-American designer Ann Lowe. Shots couldn’t do justice to the bouffant skirt and the layers of silk taffeta, the intricate scallop pintucks and tiny flowers of wax.
Beatrice Borromeo’s wedding dress
The Italian heiress Beatrice Borromeo married Pierre Casiraghi wearing Armani. The designer had to create two stunning dresses, one for the church and one for the banquet. The gown worn during the religious ceremony was crafted from ivory Chantilly lace and silk chiffon along with a tulle veil, also embellished with Chantilly lace.
Amal Clooney’s bridal gown
Amal Clooney’s wedding dress, made by Oscar de la Renta, was an exquisite mille-feuille of ivory tulle appliquéd with fourteen yards of Chantilly lace. The dress’ bodice was hand embroidered with beading and crystals.
Like the dress, the cathedral veil was adorned with Chantilly lace and bead-and-crystal embroidery, and it descended all the way down the back of the dress almost to the floor.
Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding dress
Vivienne Westwood designed the iconic wedding dress worn by Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, for her ill-fated wedding.
The strapless gown featured two different colors of material: The corset top was made from gold backed ivory silk duchesse satin while the skirt with asymmetric hem was crafted from ivory silk radzemire.
Her full-length veil was adorned with a giant turquoise feather.
Bella Swan’s bridal gown
The bewitching gown of Bella Swan was specially designed for the movie Breaking Dawn part 1 by Carolina Herrera in silk crepe satin and French Chantilly lace. The wedding dress details are a V-neck, modest sleeves, a simple and sweeping silhouette, and 152 buttons down the back.