The wedding gown is a fashion statement that we have the opportunity to express it once (hopefully). . . in our lifetime. There are women that created not only trends but a whole ideology behind their weddings. We have selected our 10 best wedding dresses of all times and we present them to you! Either to get inspiration about your forthcoming special day or to dream about your one and only gown and explore what celebrities, socialites or royals chose to wear. Vote your favorite and share with us your thoughts!
The First Lady and fashion icon wore a voluminous ivory silk taffeta gown by the designer Ann Lowe when she married John F. Kennedy in 1953. A portrait neckline and wide, embellished skirt emphasized Jackie’s small waist, and an heirloom lace veil, which originally belonged to her grandmother, completed the super-romantic ensemble.
Carolyn Bessette asked her close friend and then unknown designer Narciso Rodriguez to design the gown she wore to marry John F. Kennedy Jr in 1996. The resulting simple bias-cut silk dress launched his career and cemented her status as a new style icon.
The most media covered marriage in the history was between Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles in 1981. Her puff-sleeved, ruffled, silk taffeta gown, decorated with lace, embroidery, sequins, and around 10,000 tiny pearls was designed by the duo David and Elizabeth Emanuel. The “fairytale wedding”, watched by a global television audience of 750 million while 600,000 people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of Diana en route to the ceremony. Diana dress valued at £9000 with 8 meters train.
In 1956, she played a princess onscreen in The Swan and then assumed the role in real life. The pearl-studded, long-sleeved gown she wore to marry Monaco’s Prince Rainier was a parting gift from Grace Kelly’s former studio, MGM. Conceived by costume designer Helen Rose and constructed by three dozen seamstresses over six weeks, the elaborate silk faille, silk tulle, and rose point lace confection was pure Hollywood fantasy.
In 1950, Liz Taylor took her first trip -of seven- down the aisle, marrying hotel heir Conrad “Nicky” Hilton in a Hollywood ceremony. Her silk, basque-waisted gown cost a then-staggering $1500 (almost $14,000 in today’s dollars) to make and was a gift from her studio, MGM.
Maybe the most avant-guarde bride of all times, Jade Jagger wore a white Yves Saint Laurent “Le Smoking” jacket over a long white skirt to marry Mick at St. Tropez Town Hall in 1971. Jagger created a sensation as a fashion rebel, more of a cool jet-setter rather than a princess bride. The 70’s was anyway about trying anything new.
Kate Middleton picked a breathtaking Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton gown for her royal wedding dress. She stunned in an English and French chantilly lace gown and she also wore ivory duchesse satin shoes that were also handmade by the team at McQueen. Kate accessorized the custom look with a silk tulle veil and a Cartier tiara, which was lent to Kate by the queen. The bride wore diamond earrings, a gift from her parents, by Robinson Pelham. A mythical dress certainly appropriate to the mythical wedding.
She played a water sprite in a 1954 Broadway production of Ondine, then chose a decidedly elfin tea-length, chiffon-sleeved Balmain for her wedding to star Mel Ferrer later that year. A wreath of fresh flowers around her bun and Hollywood white satin long gloves, completed the magical effect.
The first wedding to ever to take place in the White House Rose Garden was Tricia Nixon and Edward Cox’s 1971 fete. The bride wore a classic lace design by Priscilla of Boston. Extensive hand clipped lace can be seen pieced evenly over the sheer silk. Burbidge’s emphasis was placed on fabric and fit and along with Tricia’s choice for a simple bouquet, the overall effect of understated glamour was extremely chic. The sleeveless gown caused a lot of talk back then, being almost unheard of informality for a White House wedding.
On February 2, 2002, Argentinean banker Máxima Zorreguieta married Prince Willem-Alexander, the Netherlands’ future king, in a long-sleeved gown of ivory milkado silk with a cowl neckline, designed by Valentino. It is close fitting and flares slightly from the waist. The five meter train is inset with panels of embroidered flower and tendril motifs. The silk tulle veil is embroidered by hand with a floral motif. The minimal designed, long sleeved gown is an ultra chic choice for a royal wedding.