The world’s most famous wedding dresses have come in every style and guise, with Royal weddings providing many of the most memorial bridal moments, who can’t picture Kate Middleton, or Grace Kelly in their gowns, while many a celebrity’s dress has proved just as anticipated, such as Kate Moss’s ethereal John Galliano design.
Kate Moss married Jamie Hince in a John Galliano gown at St Peter’s parish church in Southrop in July 2011. The dress went on to be exhibited in the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2014, as part of its exhibition of wedding dresses. Speaking of the gown, Kate later said she had wanted, ‘a classic Galliano, those chiffon thirties kind. I’ve lived in his dresses for years, and they just make me feel so comfortable.’
Jacqueline Kennedy wore a full-skirted dress by New York designer Ann Lowe when she married John F Kennedy at Hammersmith Farm in Newport, Rhode Island, in September 1953. She completed her look with little white gloves and a full veil. Kennedy went on to become President of the United States. He was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, in November 1963. Jacqueline then married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis in 1968, becoming known as Jackie O.
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II was just 21 when she married Prince Phillip in November 1946. The couple had met when she was just 13 years old at the wedding of his cousin, Princess Marina of Greece. Her Majesty famously saved up ration cards to purchase the material needed. The gown was made of ivory duchess satin and decorated with 10,000 imported white pearls, silver thread, and tulle embroidery. Her bridal ensemble also included a 15-foot patterned full court train attached at the shoulders, and a silk tulle veil held in place by a tiara lent to the princess by her mother.
The dress that Grace Kelly wore for her wedding in April 1956 to Prince Rainier was designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose, and was made from 25 yards of silk taffeta, antique rose-point lace, and pearls by three dozen seamstresses, who worked on it for six weeks.
The Duchess of Cambridge
Ten years after meeting at university, Kate Middleton married Prince William at Westminster Abbey in April 2011, becoming HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Throughout their six-month engagement, the designer of Kate’s wedding gown was kept a secret, leading to intense global speculation. The designer was finally revealed as Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton helped the bride make her entrance into the Abbey.
Princess Charlene of Monaco
When Charlene Wittstock, former Olympic swimmer, became Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco she wore a bespoke gown by Giorgio Armani. The dress took 2,500 hours to create, including 700 hours for the embroidery alone, and featured 40,000 Swarovski crystals, 20,000 mother of pearl teardrops, and 30,000 stones in gold shades. The dress was made up of 50 metres of duchesse silk, and 80 metres of silk organza, and even the veil was a work of art, encompassing 20 metres of silk tulle taking 100 hours to embroider.