Sunday 28 December 2014

Iconic wedding belles...Grace Kelly to Angelina Jolie

After Angelina got married in a 'doodle-adorned' dress, Corina Gaffey looks at some of the most famous bridal gowns

Published 04/09/2014 | 02:30

James Righton and Keira Knightley.
James Righton and Keira Knightley.
Amy Huberman and her bridal party on her wedding day.
Kate Middleton arrives to Westminster Abbey for her marriage to Britain's Prince William in central London.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on their wedding day.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
Grace Kelly's wedding dress.

We can't always count on celeb marriages to last, but one thing for sure is that they will provide some show-stopping dresses - for better or worse.

Many celebs have swept us (and their husbands-to-be) off our feet with their gorgeous gowns.

Others have committed wedding frock horror.

Considering the fact that celebs have access to any dress that their bridal heart desires, there's no real excuse for any A-lister to get it wrong. Or so you would think... remember when Pamela Anderson wore a bikini?

But leave it to the royals to up the ante. Who can forget the gowns of Grace Kelly, Kate Middleton or Princess Diana?

Intriguingly, it was Queen Victoria who became the world's most influential trendsetter. In 1840, she snubbed tradition with her William Dyce ivory silk gown. Although technically not the first woman of nobility to wear a white gown, she is credited with starting the custom.

Starting traditions and breaking bridal rules is what many a celebrity dress has achieved and most memorable dresses are those that define an era from a fashion perspective.

Saying 'I don't' to the white wedding gown and opting for a non-traditional look has created some iconic celeb fashion moments.

Starlet Audrey Hepurn chose a white shift dress and headscarf combo for her 1969 wedding, paving the way for brides to show off their legs in shorter styles.

What iconic bridal moments show is that the wedding dress has survived is because it's constantly evolving, and yet remains fashionable. It can be reinvented for whatever bride you want to be.

1 When Hollywood actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainer III of Monaco, only a dress fit for a princess would do. Created by Helen Rose, a costume designer for MGM, the dress featured a dramatic high collar, cummerbund waist, long sleeves and a full skirt.

2  For months the world speculated who Kate Middleton would chose to design her dress. It wasn’t until her wedding day of April 29, 2011, that it was revealed. She walked down the aisle in a stunning Alexander McQueen gown created by his designer Sarah Burton.

3 The design of Lady Diana Spencer’s dress was a closely guarded secret. The gown, designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, was made of antique lace and featured a 25-foot train of ivory silk taffeta. It was valued at £9,000 in 1981. 

4 It may be a case of third time lucky when it comes to Kim Kardashian’s marriage to Kayne and her wedding dress. The reality TV star looked stunning in a white Givenchy dress, featuring handmade lace, strategic sheer panelling and a long silk veil.

5   With her one-of-a-kind style, we couldn’t have pictured Gwen Stefani going down the traditional bridal route. Keeping to her rocky roots, the singer opted for a custom-made pink ombré John Galliano for Dior dress and her signature quiff.

6  Dubbed the Irish Posh ‘n’ Becks, it  was certain that there wouldn’t be any tacky thrones or disasters for Amy Huberman and BOD on their big day. Instead it was a strapless satin and organza Stephanie Allin design for Amy’s dress of choice.

It  is still  one of the most-googled ensembles for brides in Ireland.

7  For her intimate wedding to musician James Righton, British starlet Keira Knightley surprised the world by wearing a sweet short tulle Chanel dress — that she already had been spotted wearing on the red carpet — instead of a dress custom-made for her by pal Karl Lagerfeld.

8  If you’re marrying into one of the world’s most famous families, no doubt all eyes are on you. Future First Lady and fashion icon Jackie Kennedy wore an Anne Lowe-designed gown with fifty yards of silk taffeta making up the bodice and skirt. She accessorised with demure pearls and, something borrowed, her grandmother’s veil.

Irish Independent

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