No one does a wedding grandeur quite like a royal.
With the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle looming this weekend, naturally, everyone is wondering who the actress will choose as her wedding dress designer, and what sort of style she’ll pick. And we’re using it as an excuse to look back in the archives at the Royal wedding dresses that have gone before her…
The most famous of all obviously being Princess Diana’s dress for her wedding to Prince Charles on 29th July 1981. The ballgown was literally fit for a princess, with layers upon layers of silk taffeta, puffy sleeves and 25-foot-train. Sure, it wasn’t to everyone’s taste, and it does scream 80s, but the fact we are still talking about it today makes it rather iconic, non?
You could say no dress has ever been as hotly anticipated as Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. Estimated at a whopping £250k, it was designed (in secret) by Alexander McQueen creative fashion director Sarah Burton. The 50s style dress was made with satin gazar, lace and organza, was nipped in at the waist and featured a full skirt designed to mimic an opening flower. It had a relatively short train and was the perfect fit for the elegant decor of Westminster Abbey. Its something old was the 19th Century lace style on the bodice, and for her something blue, Kate had a bit of blue ribbon sewn inside the dress.
It went down a treat with viewers and fashion critics alike and as a result was copied by too many fashion brands to count.
We can’t mention Harry and Meghan without the obvious reference to Grace Kelly, who was also an American actress who married a Prince, specifically Prince Rainer III of Monaco. Her dress is still lauded as one of the most beautiful of all time, and it’s even thought Kate was inspired by the classic design for hers. Fun fact for you: instead of picking a well-known designer (we’re sure the likes of Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent were falling over themselves to do the job), Grace chose her MGM costume designer Helen Rose to do it, as the pair had worked closely in Hollywood. It was made with taffeta and embellished with 125-year-old lace and pearls and was just beautiful.
Why not take Prinspo (Princess inspiration) and visit one of our Outlets this weekend? We have rail after rail of stunning designers gowns all fit for a princess and with upto 75% off the RRP! We stock sizes 6-32 as well as bridesmaid, prom gowns and accessories.
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