Saturday 20 July 2019

Princess Eugenie's wedding dress: Bride beams in long sleeved, low back dress by designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos

Bride opted for a low v-neck back, long sleeves and a heavy jacquard fabric to pair with a stunning emerald tiara for wedding to Jack Brooksbank

Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Princess Eugenie arrives accompanied by her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, at St George's Chapel for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images
Robbie Williams and Ayda Field take their seats ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) reacts as she looks towards Jack Brooksbank during their wedding at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP)JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) as Jack Brooksbank places the ring on her finger during thier wedding ceremony to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Danny Lawson / POOL / AFP)DANNY LAWSON/AFP/Getty Images
Poppy Delevingne arrives for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Ellie Goulding (left) arrives ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor escorts the bridesmaids and page boys, including Prince George (right), as they arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Karen Birney

Karen Birney

While there might not have been the media frenzy drummed up for the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie as there was for her cousin Harry's big day in May, it's fair to say that there was still plenty of in interest in one thing - her wedding dress.

And now the questions have been answered as Buckingham Palace revealed that the bride opted for British-based designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, leaving those with all their money on the likes of Erdem and McQueen out of pocket.

Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images

Eugenie's dress - a heavy jacquard fabric, with long sleeves and a stunning low v-neck back - harks back to the eighties in its style, with an A-line silhouette that flatters the bride and the strong fabrics ideal for conveying that 'autumnal theme' the bride was reportedly so hands on in creating for the day.

Eugenie specially requested a low back to be a feature of her gown, Buckingham Palace said - she had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis.

Princess Eugenie is driven towards St George's Chapel with her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Princess Eugenie is driven towards St George's Chapel with her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Princess Eugenie is driven towards St George's Chapel with her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives accompanied by her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, (L) for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images

Eugenie opted to go without a veil for the service, instead donning a beautiful emerald studded Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara - which she borrowed from the Queen - that sat on her relaxed hairstyle.

The low neckline of the dress accentuated the bride's elegant emerald drop earrings, which were given to her as a wedding gift from her groom Jack.

"During several fittings the dress was developed layer by layer, constructing it from the corset and the complex underskirt to the fitted bodice and full pleated skirt.

"The dress features a neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back that drapes into a flowing full length train.

Princess Beatrice of York and her mother Sarah Ferguson (R) arrive in their car to the Royal wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice of York and her mother Sarah Ferguson (R) arrive in their car to the Royal wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Sarah, Duchess of York, mother of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York, arrives to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP)ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Princess Charlotte falls on the steps, as the bridesmaids and page boys arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Britain's Princess Eugenie enters St George's Chapel with her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Sarah Ferguson arrives for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

"The low back feature on the dress was at the specific request of Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis."

On the dress are symbols of personal significance to Eugenie, including a thistle for Scotland acknowledging the couple’s fondness for Balmoral, a shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the bride’s Ferguson family, and the York Rose and ivy representing the couple’s home.

Pilotto and De Vos reinterpreted these symbols in a garland of rope-like motifs, woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend.

Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos met at the entrance exam at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp 18 years ago, Peter said in an interview with The Man Repeller, and in 2007 Peter launched his namesake label.

"Actually, I started doing stuff in 2004 because a couple of stores wanted to buy my graduation collection, so I started to do small collections" Peter said in 2016.

"Christopher moved to London at the end of 2006 and we worked on the side together because Christopher had a job in London. We got the support for a catwalk show of sketches in 2007, so that would have been spring/summer ’08, then we said we should join forces."

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived with Prince William, wearing a dress by Alexander McQueen and a Philip Treacy hat.

The Duchess of Sussex, who arrived with her husband Prince Harry, wore a navy dress and coat by Givenchy and a hat by Noel Stewart.

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