The dress from Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding to Prince Charles is probably the most iconic of them all. (Mall of America)
One of the most anticipated events of the year for pop-culture junkies was Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s nuptials. It comes as no surprise that that this famous couple went above and beyond expectations and surprised their guests with a wedding rehearsal dinner at Versailles and a lavish yet intimate wedding at Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy overlooking the Duomo. With wedding season in full swing, I thought it be a great idea to take a stroll through memory lane and remember iconic wedding gowns.
Jacqueline Kennedy – When you marry into one of the country’s most powerful political families at the height of their reign, you know all eyes are on you – and your wedding dress. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, before she was the fashion icon “Jackie O,” wore a dress designed by Ann Lowe. This gown didn’t disappoint: Fifty yards of silk taffeta made up the bodice and skirt, which Kennedy wore along with her grandmother’s veil.
Gwen Stefani – When Stefani married longtime beau Gavin Rossdale in 2002, she opted for a less traditional color scheme for her dress. Eclectic designer John Galliano custom made and designed this dip-dyed pink wedding gown for her special day. Designers are still trying to recreate this look.
Grace Kelly – This dreamy, Hollywood fantasy gown was just that. In 1956, she played a fictional princess onscreen in The Swan and then assumed the role in real life when she married Monaco’s Prince Rainier. As a parting gift from her former studio, MGM, costume designer Helen Rose created a masterpiece for this royal event. The pearl-studded, long sleeved gown has been the inspiration for many celebrities including Ivanka Trump.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – Before Catherine was a Duchess, she was a simple girl that quickly became a fashion icon. For months, we speculated about which designer Kate Middleton would wear when she married Prince William in 2011. Being the ultimate English rose, she went with none other than famous English fashion house, Alexander McQueen. This dress blasted designer and creative director of McQueen, Sarah Burton, into super stardom.
Princess Diana – Probably the most iconic of them all was Princess Di’s wedding dress. In 1981, Diana Spencer married Prince Charles at a lavish, televised wedding. This famous gown was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. There was nothing understated about Princess Diana’s puff-sleeved, silk taffeta gown at her royal wedding; this dress was covered in lace, embroidery and 10,000 tiny pearls. The most challenging thing about this gown was keeping it from wrinkling on the way over to the cathedral. Nonetheless, this is a gown that forever holds a special place in history.