Thursday, July 4, 2013


Happy Fourth! Today I am sharing a compilation of what I feel are some of the most iconic wedding gowns of all time. From Hollywood glam to televised royal nuptials, here are 22 of the most well-known wedding gowns in history:

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, married Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, in Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. The lace-embroidered gown was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, and featured an ivory silk tulle veil and 9-foot long pleated skirt made of hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace. The gown has been compared to the one worn by the late Grace Kelly when she married Prince Rainer III of Monaco in 1956. [Sources: 1, 2]

Perhaps the most famous wedding gown of all time, Lady Diana Spencer wore this ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown at her wedding to Charles, Prince of Wales, on July 29, 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral.The gown had a 25-foot train, and was valued then at £9000. The dress was crafted by dressmakers Elizabeth and David Emanual, who had the windows of their shop painted over and hired security guards, referring to Diana using the code name, "Deborah." [Sources: 1, 2]

Wearing one of my favorite wedding gowns of all time, Grace Kelly wed Prince Ranier III of Monaco on April 19, 1956. The Oscar winner gave up Hollywood to become Her Serene Highness the Princess of Monaco, wearing this lace, silk taffeta, and tulle gown with a fitted bodice and flared skirt created by MGM costume designer, Helen Rose. [Sources: 1, 2, 3]

Audrey Hepburn married fellow actor Mel Ferrer in September of 1954 wearing this full-skirted ballerina-length dress with leg-o-mutton sleeves by Pierre Balmain. Hepburn's first engagement was to James Hanson, in which she had a gown designed by the Fontana Sisters. The wedding was called off while she was in Italy filming Roman Holiday, and the dress was given away to Amabile Altobella, a young girl from Latina, Italy. Hepburn asked the sisters to give the dress away, saying "I want my dress to be worn by another girl for her wedding, perhaps someone who couldn't ever afford a dress like mine, the most beautiful, poor Italian girl you can find." [Sources: 12]

Top left: Ava Gardner wed Frank Sinatra in November of 1961 wearing a halter-neck Fontana dress with a sheer shawl. Right: Elizabeth Taylor's first marriage was to Conrad "Nicky" Hilton in Beverly Hills in May 1950.  The Helen Rose gown bore a striking resemblance to the gown she wore in Father of the BrideBottom left: Gene Tierney wore this beautiful lace gown designed by Oleg Cassini in The Razor's Edge. Tierney and Cassini later eloped in Vegas. [Sources: 1, 2]

Top left: Bianca Macias wore a nontraditional white skirt suit by Savile Row tailor Tommy Nutter for her May 1971 wedding to Mick Jagger. The shirt designed to be worn underneath the jacket did not fit, as Macias was four-months pregnant at the time, so she wore nothing underneath. Right: Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio in San Francisco City Hall in January 1954 wearing a black skirt suit with a white fur collar. The marriage lasted 274 days. Bottom left: Yoko Ono wore a white Gibralta mini for her March 1969 wedding to John Lennon, complete with a sun hat and over-sized sunglasses. [Source: 1]

Top left: At her marriage to fellow actor Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood wore a simple white cocktail dress with a stunning lace hood and fingerless gloves. The couple married on December 28, 1957. Right: Jacqueline Lee Bouvier wore a gown created by Anne Lowe at her wedding to John F. Kennedy in Newport, Rhode Island. The gown featured a fitted bodice with portrait neckline and was made with 50 yards of silk taffeta. The bride wore her grandmother's wedding veil and jewelry given to her by the groom. Bottom left: Priscillia Beaulieu wore her own design when she married Elvis Presley in Las Vegas in May 1967. [Sources: 12]

Top left:  Kristin Davis's character, Charlotte York, married twice on Sex And The City--the first time to Trey MacDougal in a Vera Wang gown, and the second time to Harry Goldenblatt, her divorce lawyer. Right: Kristen Stewart wore a Carolina Herrera gown for the on-screen wedding of Bella and Edward in Twilight. It took its designer and four seamstresses over six months to make. Bottom left: Sarah Jessica Parker wore a Vivienne Westwood gown in Sex And The City: The Movie for the scene in which Carrie didn't marry Mr. Big. [Source: 1]

Top left: Actress Portia de Rossi wed comedian Ellen DeGeneres in a small backyard wedding ceremony in Beverly Hills. The couple both wore Zac Posen--de Rossi opting for a princess-style backless pink halter gown, and DeGeneres in a white tuxedo style ensemble. Right: Another one of my favorites, and rightfully so! Ivanka Trump looked stunning in a hand-made lace Vera Wang gown inspired by the one worn by Grace Kelly when she wed Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The heiress (and my former Park Av. neighbor), wed Jared Kushner in October 2009. Bottom left: In September 2002, No Doubt's Gwen Stefani wed Bush front man Gavin Rossdale wearing a pink-dipped gown designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior. The dress was later donated to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, as Stefani felt it was a "piece of art." [Sources: 123]

Top left: Actress Anne Hathaway wed Adam Shulman in a sunset ceremony in California's Big Sur on September 29 2012 wearing a custom-made off-the-shoulder, gauzy Valentino dress with a floor-length veil complete with 1920s-inspired headband. Right: Actress Nicole Kidman wed country music star Keith Urban just after sundown on June 26, 2006 in the Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel on St. Patrick's Estate in Sydney, Australia. The bride wore a traditional silk-chiffon gown by Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga during the candlelit ceremony. Bottom left: Actress Jessica Biel surprised many when she wore a pink and white gown by Giambattista Valli during her wedding to musician Justin Timberlake in Italy. Biel appreciated the princess-silhouette and said the dress made her feel "elegant" and "moved like a dream." [Sources: 1234]

What are some of your favorite celebrity gowns and weddings? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

the Bride


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