Bridal trends are changing every season, but some wedding dresses will never go out of fashion. We will always admire legendary gowns such as the one Helen Rose made for Grace Kelly or the one Audrey Hepburn wore when she married Mel Ferrer. If you need some inspiration to choose the perfect dress for your big day, see our 10 favourite iconic celebrity wedding gowns…
Elizabeth Taylor got married seven times and wore seven different wedding dresses in her life, but it was in 1950 when she said “i do” to Conrad Hilton that she wore a satin gown which is considered as one of the most iconic dresses of all time. It was designed by Helen Rose, MGM costume designer who also made Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. It resembled the one she created for Elizabeth’s role in the film Father of the Bride. It is definitely a fairy-tale gown with a big full skirt, long sleeves, illusion neckline and delicate embroidery which she teamed with a neat up-do, red lips and bold brows.
When Priscilla Presley married Elvis Presley in May 1967 in Las Vegas, she wore a fabulous loosely fitted silk chiffon dress with lace sleeves and a three-foot long tulle veil. Her make-up was a typical sixties look including dramatic eyeliner, false lashes and candy pink lipstick. She designed the dress herself for an intimate ceremony attended by only a few guests which didn’t last for more than 10 minutes. However, her simple but elegant gown made it to history.
Grace Kelly’s fairy-tale gown which she wore for her wedding to Prince Ranier is probably the most famous of them all. It is the symbol of royal chic and it continues to inspire designers all over the world. The gown featured a fitted bodice made from silk crepe and pearl enctusted rose-point lace, a big silk taffeta skirt with layers of tulle underneath and a 1.8 meter long chapel train with a triangular split made from two layers of silk tulle and with lace edges.
Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen was inspired by Grace Kelly’s gorgeous gown when she created the Duchess of Cambridge's weddings dress. It featured a strapless corset, a lace bodice with plunging neckline, long lace sleeves and emblems of the UK – the rose, daffodil, thistle and shamrock. Kate also wore a Cartier halo tiara that belonged to the Queen and a blue ribbon sewn into the hem to incorporate “something borrowed” and “something blue” to her wedding outfit.
In 1981, Lady Diana wore a gown made by David and Elisabeth Emanuel which featured a stunning 25-foot train which is the longest in history of royal weddings. The dress had puffed sleeves and big skirt with layers of petticoats. The Princess of Wales wore a small diamond studded horseshoe stitched into the back of the dress and a tiny blue ribbon sewn into the waistband. Her natural make-up and effortless hair style matched her Cinderella gown perfectly.
Model Kate Moss got married in a vintage inspired gown designed by John Galliano. The gorgeous silk chiffon dress with intricate embroidery was very lightweight and ethereal and perfectly matched the Great Gatsby inspired wedding theme. Galliano was inspired by Scott Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda, as Kate’s engagement ring was the exact replica of Fitzgerald’s. She teamed the dress with Manolo Blahnik shoes and wore natural make-up and beach waves.
Jacqueline Kennedy wore a breathtaking full-skirted dress made from fifty yards of silk taffeta, tiny white gloves and a huge veil borrowed from her grandmother when she married John F Kennedy. This legendary dress was designed by Ann Lowe and featured adorable wax flower embellishments.
The gown Ivanka Trump wore for her nuptials with Jared Kushner was also inspired by the famous Grace Kelly’s dress. It was covered in three layers of delicate lace which gently floated around her body. It was a custom-made gown designed by Vera Wang and it was a modern, relaxed version of Grace’s dress with short sleeves contrasted with a dramatic long veil.
Audrey Hepburn has proven that a tea-length white dress can be as glamorous as a ball gown when she married Mel Ferrer in September 1954. The dress was created by Pierre Balmain and featured puffed sleeves, a high neck and a ballerina-like full skirt. Audrey finished off the look with a small white clutch bag and roses in her hair.
Nicole Richie wore three different gowns on her wedding day all designed by Marchesa. She walked down the aisle in a ball gown which had an enormous skirt made from over 100 yards of silk organza and a bodice made from tulle and lace. The gown even had Joel and her name stitched into the sleeve!