CHOOSE AGAIN OR WAS YOURS FOREVER PERFECT?
Did you walk down the aisle in your dream wedding dress?
With all the talk surrounding the Royal Wedding and “the dress,” we have been down memory lane and back again for weeks. Conversations about the style, the fit and everything else to do with wedding dresses has been echoing at VA.
Voluminous and ornate or simple and understated, which type of wedding dress is yours? VA’s was very much influenced by Lady Diana and all that silk; if I were choosing I am thinking simple more like Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy.
A Look At Iconic Wedding Dresses
Princess Grace of Monaco
A fairytale dress with lots of detail, showcasing a beautiful lace bodice designed by Helen Rose. The dress was made up of 10 individual pieces and 400 yards of fabric with distinctive details on the top half, including long sleeve lace arms and a collar leading to small buttons down the chest. Truly jaw-dropping, embroidered with antique Brussels lace, hundreds of seed pearls, a flared skirt and a long intricate train.
* The illusion hemline works to beautifully highlight delicate laces.
Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face
“Jo Stockton” wore a tea-length dress with a wide, soft scoop neckline. The top half was minimal, cinched in at the hips with a fluffy ballgown skirt. Monsieur Givenchy designed the dress which has prompted observations between the similarities of this iconic dress and Meghan Markle’s, designed by Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy and worn to marry Prince Harry in May this year.
* A bateau neckline works to enhance the bust, making this neckline the perfect for brides with a bigger chest.
Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City
“Carrie Bradshaw” dressed in an elaborate floor-sweeping number designed by Vivienne Westwood. Often described as the ‘cloud dress’, the gown was layered with masses of fabric featuring gold and ivory shades of silk. The strapless detail kept the neckline simple whilst the statement green feather veil further captured the attention.
* A strapless neckline works beautifully to expose the neck, décolleté and upper back.
She styled one of the chicest outfits in wedding history when she wore an unconventional YSL suit on her day. The outfit consisted of a tailored white Le Smoking tuxedo jacket with a plunging neckline and a long narrow skirt. Her veil was in the form of an oversized white sun hat.
* A plunging neckline makes for a sexy outfit. If you wish to be this cool but aren’t ready to take the plunge, consider working a thin silk cami underneath.
Carolyn Bessette opted for a minimalist figure-hugging bias-cut silk slip. Narciso Rodriguez designed the unadorned but elegant gown and it has become an iconic style when sourcing the dream bridal wear. The scoop neckline added a subtle feature to the dress and Carolyn kept the rest of her look simple by pairing elbow-length gloves.
* A scoop neckline works to elongate the neck and enhance the bust.
A unique and again, unconventional choice. Wearing Carolina Herrera, she wore a three-piece bridal outfit consisting of a plain cashmere sweater and white shorts over a full floral tulle skirt overlay. She added ‘something blue’ with her favourite cobalt blue Manolo Blahniks. The fashion guru may have broken the typical bridal wear tradition but she looked stunning.
* If sticking to the norm isn’t for you, it is always good to try something totally unexpected.
Iconic wedding dresses present an abundance of inspiration, illustrating what we do and don’t like when it comes to the big day.
The only question is now: Would you wear the same wedding dress again or have your preferences changed with the times?
princess grace of monaco, rex features 1957, audrey hepburn, funny face 1957, sarah jessica parker, sex in the city the movie 2008, bianca jagger, patrick lichfield 1971, carolyn bessette, denis reggie 1996, olivia palermo, johannes huebl 2014