The Most Iconic Wedding Dresses

Our office is abuzz with excitement; mostly because we can’t wait to see what Meghan Markle is wearing tomorrow. Satin or lace? Simple or elaborate? Will it even be white? And will it be a British or foreign designer? We think Ralph and Russo will get the nod however, that said, we take a look back at some of the most iconic wedding dresses to date.

Jacqueline Bouvier to President John F. Kennedy
One of the most memorable bridal gowns of all time; Jackie O’s iconic number. The creation of African-American designer Ann Lowe, the ivory-coloured silk taffeta featured a portrait neckline and a huge, round skirt with interwoven tucking bands and tiny wax flowers. Her lace veil, belonging to her grandmother, was tied to her hair using a lace and orange blossom tiara. A flood in the Lowe workshop 10 days before the wedding caused an eruption of panic however the gown was delivered perfectly on time.

Kate Moss to Jamie Hince
John Galliano designed Kate Moss’s slip of a dress, which was simultaneously understated as well as provocative. The dress, inspired by Zelda Fitzgerald, featured an opaque bodice that blended into a translucent skirt, embellished with rhinestone embroidery that exuded an informal elegance. The gown won’t have the bridal industry too excited; however it was notably an expression of Moss’s naturally cool personality and style.

Audrey Hepburn to Mel Ferrer
After starring with him on Broadway in Ondine, the style icon Audrey Hepburn married actor Mel Ferrer in a fifties ballerina-length gown designed by Pierre Balmain. The cherished actress, most well known in that little black dress from her times starring in Breakfast at Triffany’s, wore a rose crown and a flared dress with a satin sash, ball gown sleeves and a high neck paired with elbow length gloves; epitomising her young, innocent image.

Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Phillip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh
Interestingly, given the rationing of clothing at the time, the then Princess Elizabeth had to purchase materials for her dress using ration coupons. Nonetheless, her gown was as flamboyant and elegant as any other Princess we’ve seen; designed by Norman Hartnell, the dress featured a 13 foot star patterned bridal train with flower embroidery and a tulle veil secured by a diamond tiara. The main attraction was her ivory silk gown decorated with crystals and 10,000 seed pearls imported from the US.

Princess Diana Spencer to Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
The beloved Diana wore an ivory silk taffeta and antique-lace gown designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who have recently been pictured leaving Windsor Castle (sips coffee). The iconic dress was decorated with hand embroidery, sequins and 10,000 pearls and was valued then at £9,000. The trend setting gown also featured an incredible twenty-five foot train and instantly found it’s place in fashion history, setting the standard for all royal weddings.

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Designed by Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, Kate wore a vintage-inspired lace corset with floral lace sleeves. The £250,000 gown featured a Victorian style bustle at the back and soft pleats leading to a satin train just under three metres in length with intricate lace work appliquéd.

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