When it comes to a wedding dress, the market is flooded with a range of options, from designer wedding gowns to vintage styled wedding dresses. However, have you ever thought of looking back into time at the most famous fashion icons to find inspiration for your wedding outfit? Do you remember the stunning wedding dress worn by Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981 when she walked down the St. Paul’s Cathedral on her marriage with HRH Prince of Wales? Did you like royal bride Kate Middleton’s beautiful wedding dress? Other names that come to mind when we think of the world’s most famous wedding dresses include Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Charlene. The wedding dresses worn by them have been the source of inspiration for many modern designers to date. Let’s take a look at the most famous wedding dresses of all time, which include those worn by celebrities and royalty, and a few that made records.
Queen Victoria got married to Prince Albert on February 10, 1840 and instead of wearing her royal robes to the wedding, she preferred to wear a silk satin court dress in white color. The amazing dress was designed by Mrs. Bettans by making use of only the British materials. The satin silk of the fabulous gown came from Spitalfields in London whereas the English Honiton lace trim was created in Devon that employed more than 200 lace workers. It took around 8 months for the entire dress to be completed. The train trimmed with orange blossoms matching the Queen’s orange blossom headdress, measured 6 yards. The particular wedding dress is still regarded as timeless and iconic by all the designers around the globe.
This is the wedding dress we can’t afford to miss while we are listing the famous ones of all time. Grace Kelly was one of the most graceful women who were admired by the fashion industry for her beauty and style. She was married to Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956. Her bridal gown was one of the most charming and best-remembered wedding dresses of all times. The famous Helen Rose of MGM designed the dress. The upper part of the dress was joined to an under bodice and skirt. The entire dress was as an eye stunner and was complemented with the headdress, veil, shoes and a pearl encrusted prayer book. The gorgeous dress is displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Jacqueline Kennedy is known as the most sophisticated and stylish woman of 1950s. She got married to the then Congressman John Kennedy in 1953. Her wedding gown was created by an African-American designer, Ann Lowe of New York City. The bridal gown was made using 50 yards of silk taffeta and a big bouffant skirt. The gown was further embellished with ruffle circles and wax flowers along with intricate tucking. This simple bridal gown is exhibited at Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts.
The fairy tale wedding of Princess Diana of Wales with Prince Charles took place on July 29, 1981. David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who specialized in making wedding gowns, designed this amazing bridal dress. The elegant dress for the Royal Wedding was created by keeping in mind the beauty and charm of Princess Diana. This extravagantly beautiful piece was made of romantic ivory silk and was accentuated by antique lace and 10,000 of mother of pearl sequins along with a 25-foot train.
The royal wedding of Prince Williams with Kate Middleton, which took place last year in London's Westminster Abbey, was one of the most luxurious Royal Weddings of all times. Even the bridal dress of Kate Middleton will be immortalized in the history of fashion world. Designed by Alexander McQueen and Sarah Burton, the bodice of the pretty dress was created in ivory satin fabric, which had a low back cut covered by lace. The stunning gown looked fabulous on the beautiful bride and was finished with a white veil and white ring atop her head. The wedding shoes worn by her were made by the team at Alexander McQueen with ivory duchesse satin and hand-embroidered lace.
Audrey Hepburn, one of the most beautiful Hollywood actresses, was famous for her delicate features and dainty body. She chose the most elegant bridal gowns for her big day. For her first marriage to Mel Ferrer, she opted for a stunning tea-length skirt with a tiny waist and wide chiffon shoulders, which was designed by Balmain. At her second wedding to Andrea Dotti, she chose a short light pink woolen short dress designed by her close friend Hubert de Givenchy. The wedding dress was well complemented with a matching scarf, which gave the dress an inimitable appeal.
Prince Albert got married to Princess Charlene last year on 2nd of July. The gorgeous Armani bridal gown enhanced the elegance and natural beauty of the bride. The wedding dress was fashioned from 130 meters of silk. It was festooned with 20,000 mother-of-pearl teardrops and 40,000 crystals were studded on this simple asymmetrical gown with off-the-shoulder neckline.
Vivienne Westwood created this extravagantly magnificent bridal gown for the wed lock of model and actress Dita von Teese. The designer used seventeen meters of Swiss silk faille in violet hue rather using the traditional white. Her beautiful violet gown was accentuated by Philip Treacy’ s tri-corner hat, a custom corset by Mr. Pearl and heels by Christian Louboutin.
The stunning bride of François-Henri Pinault, the beautiful Salma Hayek, looked even more stunning and graceful in the her bridal outfit designed by Nicholas Ghesquiere. The super gorgeous bride walked down the aisle in her white Balenciaga wedding gown. Her wedding outfit was a full-skirted ivory gown with an intricately embroidered v-neck bodice. A long veil accentuated the dress and she held a bouquet made of orchids and stephanotis with crystals.
Victoria and David Beckham tied the knot on July 4 in 1999. The beautiful bride wore a Vera Wang gown encrusted in ivory silk fabric. The champagne colored strapless dress with fitted with a fitted waist and flared dress looked gorgeous on the bride. A 20-foot train accompanied the expensive dress. To accentuate the wedding outfit, the bride wore an 18-carat gold crown encrusted with diamonds. The wedding reception was held for 230 guests, all of whom wore black and white
Catherine Zeta-Jones is though known for her incredible beauty, but she was admired more for her bridal gown that she wore when she got married to Michael Douglas in November 2000.The ivory sheath wedding gown was designed by Christian Lacroix that featured a low cut bodice and beaded duchess satin with a 6 foot long fishtail Chantilly lace train.
The wedding gowns for the ‘richie riches’ would also be something splendid and quite luxurious. The bridal gown for the big and rich will surely be the most expensive of all but more than that it would enthrall everyone who attends the wedding with its sparkling beauty and charm. The sensational wedding gown pictured here christened as ‘The Diamond Wedding Gown’has been designed together by Jeweler Martin Katz and dressmaker Renee Strauss. The $12 million luxurious gown is accentuated with many 150-carat diamonds and the veil is studded with numerous glittering rhinestones. This fantabulous gown was unveiled at the Luxury Brands Lifestyle Bridal show in February of 2006 and was even displayed at the prestigious Fashion & Diamonds show in Dubai.
A Romanian model wore the world’s longest wedding dress train in March 2012. Around 15,420 feet long taffeta materials were used to create this wedding dress with Chantilly lace detail ornament. The gown’s train was 1.86-mile long and took a total of 100 days to be stitched. The model after wearing the gown was showcased dramaticallyin a hot air balloonduring a Guinness World Record.
The Slovenian super model Melania Knauss, known for her grace tied the knot with Donald Trump in the year of 2005. The gorgeous model wore custom designed wedding attire designed magnificently by Christian Dior. Her gown was made by making use of 98 yards of white satin. As many as 1500 crystal rhinestones were embroidered on the gown giving it a sparkling appearance.the gown also featured a 13 foot train and an even longer viel.
Chelsea Clinton walked the aisle with her father to say ‘I do’ to her prince charming, Marc Mezvinskyin 2010. Her flawless wedding gown was designed by Vera Wang in white organza silk. The strapless gown featured a raw edged laser-cut swirling silk organza ball skirt and trainwith silk tulle diagonally draped bodice. The tiny waist of Chelsea was further clinched by a silvery embroidered waistband.
Mia Farrow, the lovely actress of the 60s, got married to Frank Sinatra in July 1966. The stylish actress wore a two piece suit that consisted of a pale mini dress paired with a short, boxy matching jacket. Her dress was entirely an epitome of 60s mod. Her sweet, fun dress in a pixie haircut suited for the short wedding, which took place within four minutes.
The reality superstar, Kim Kardashian tied the nuptial knot with her basketballer fiancé Kris Humphries in 2011.Kim surprised the audience with her ivory custom-designed strapless gown designed by Vera Wang. The bridal gown featured a full tulle skirt, basque waist and hand-pieced Chantilly lace appliqué on the bodice and even on the 'epic' train.
When tying the knot with Tom Cruise in 2006, the pretty actress Katie Holmes decided to wear a simple yet elegant dress to the wedding. The acclaimed designer Giorgio Armani was asked to design the wedding gown. He made an off-the-shoulder gown with an ivory silk train that was adorned in Valenciennes lace. The dress was further accentuated with Swarovski beaded crystal embroidery and a tulle floor-length veil accompanied the dress.
Nicole Kidman was all in tears of happiness when she walked down the aisle with her father. The pretty actress was dressed in a simple, romantic, ivory-colored tulle wedding gown created by Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga. She accentuated this one shouldered wedding gown with a pair of diamond and pearl ear rings and carried a bouquet of white roses.
Gorgeous singer Avril Lavigne tied the knot with her fiancé, DeryckWhibley in the year 2006. The wedding was held in CA in a fairytale setting. Her wedding dress was created by Vera Wang. The simple yet beautiful dress featured a pretty organza strapless gown with lace appliqued beaded skirt. She also flaunted a flowing train and long veil along with a bouquet of white roses.