Royal weddings have provided many of the most memorable bridal moments. Do you remember Diana, Princess of Wales, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, or Grace Kelly in their gowns?Or Kate Moss’s ethereal John Galliano design? Yeah, here you can see the The Most Famous Wedding Dresses in the history.
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II was just 21 when she married Prince Phillip in November 1946. The couple had met when she was just 13 years old at the wedding of his cousin, Princess Marina of Greece. Her Majesty famously saved up ration cards to purchase the material needed. The gown was made of ivory duchess satin and decorated with 10,000 imported white pearls, silver thread and tulle embroidery. Her bridal ensemble also included a 15-foot patterned full court train attached at the shoulders, and a silk tulle veil held in place by a tiara lent to the princess by her mother.
Kate Moss married Jamie Hince in a John Galliano gown at St Peter’s parish church in Southrop in July 2011. The bride wore a custom-made gown by John Galliano, which was exhibited in the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2014 as part of it’s exhibition of wedding dresses. Speaking of the gown, Kate later said she had wanted “a classic Galliano, those chiffon thirties kind. I’ve lived in his dresses for years, and they just make me feel so comfortable. But it’s so much more couture, couture, couture. Oh, my God, the work that’s going into the dress!” Of creating the gown, Galliano said, “She dared me to be John Galliano again. I couldn’t pick up a pencil. It’s been my creative rehab”.
The Duchess of Cambridge
Ten years after meeting at university, Kate Middleton married Prince William at Westminster Abbey on April 29 2011, becoming HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Throughout their six-month engagement, the designer of Kate’s wedding gown was kept a secret, leading to intense global speculation. The designer was finally revealed as Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton – but not until the final moment when the bride was making her entrance into the Abbey.
Victoria Beckham wore a Vera Wang gown to marry David at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland on July 4 1999. The couple changed into matching purple outfits by Antonio Berardi for the reception, where they famously were seated on custom-made thrones.
Jacqueline Kennedy wore a full-skirted dress by New York designer Ann Lowe when she married John F Kennedy at Hammersmith Farm in Newport, Rhode Island, in September 1953. She completed her look with little white gloves and a full veil. Kennedy went on to become President of the United States. He was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, in November 1963. Jacqueline then married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis in 1968, becoming known as Jackie O.
The dress that Grace Kelly wore for her April 19 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier was designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose and was made from 25 yards of silk taffeta, antique rose-point lace and pearls by three dozen seamstresses, who worked on it for six weeks.
The wedding dress that Queen Victoria wore to marry Prince Albert in February 1840 sparked a trend for white wedding dresses that is still in vogue today.
The first of Elizabeth Taylor’s seven husbands was Conrad “Nicky” Hilton. They were married in Beverly Hills in May 1950 and Liz wore a dress by Helen Rose – the MGM costumier who designed Grace Kelly’s wedding gown. The dress bore a striking resemblance to the one Taylor wore in Father of the Bride, the costumes of which were also created by Rose. The marriage ended in divorce after just nine months.
To marry Kanye West, Kim Kardashian called on Riccardo Tisci to design her custom-made Givenchy white lace gown. The couple were married at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy.
Audrey Hepburn married actor Mel Ferrer in September 1954, after starring with him on Broadway in the play Ondine. She wore a typically full-skirted Fifties ballerina-length style by Pierre Balmain with roses in her hair. Their marriage lasted 14 years, until December 1968, and Audrey went on to wed Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti in 1969.
Diana, Princess of Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales, wore a dress designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel for her July 1981 wedding to Prince Charles. Her gown’s 25-foot train is the longest in royal wedding history. Charles and Diana were divorced in 1996 and, in August 1997, she was tragically killed in a car crash.
For her November 1961 wedding to Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner wore a halterneck dress with a sheer shawl. This was Ava’s third wedding (and Frank’s second), with her first being to Mickey Rooney during the war in 1942 – at which she wore a woolen suit in a show of austerity. They were divorced in 1957.
John Galliano created the pink gown that Gwen Stefani wore on her wedding day in September 2002, when she married Gavin Rossdale in Covent Garden. After the wedding, Stefani donated the dress to the Victoria & Albert , saying it was “a piece of art” and it was exhibited in the museum’s 2014 Wedding Dresses exhibition. The couple have three sons – Kingston, Zuma and Apollo.
Priscilla Beaulieu wore a dress of her own design when she married Elvis Presley in May 1967 – also in Las Vegas. Their daughter, Lisa Marie, was born in 1968 and they divorced five years later in 1973.
Seven months after the birth of their daughter, Suri, Katie Holmes wore an off-the-shoulder gown by Giorgio Armani for her November 2006 wedding to Tom Cruise in Italy. The couple announced they were set to divorce in 2012.
Princess Margaret wore a white silk gown by Norman Hartnell – the same designer behind Queen Elizabeth’s dress – and a diamond tiara when she married Antony Armstrong Jones in 1960. Their marriage lasted until 1978.
Marilyn Monroe married retired baseball player Joe DiMaggio in San Francisco in January 1954. The Hollywood starlet – who had previously been married to police officer James Dougherty – wore a black skirt suit with a white fur collar for her second wedding and carried a bunch of white orchids. Their marriage lasted only 274 days and Marilyn went on to be married to playwright Arthur Miller from 1956 to 1961 before her death in 1962.
Princess Charlene of Monaco
When Charlene Wittstock, former Olympic swimmer, became Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco she wore a bespoke gown by Giorgio Armani. “The idea was to go for a completely modern look, without an obvious sense of nostalgia or revivalism,” Armani exclusively told Vogue. “I felt this was appropriate given that there would inevitably be comparisons with Princess Grace, and though such comparisons are of course a sign of admiration, each person has their own individual and unique style, and style is an expression of the times.” The dress took 2,500 hours to create, including 700 hours for the embroidery alone, and featured 40,000 Swarovski crystals, 20,000 mother of pearl teardrops and 30,000 stones in gold shades. The dress was made up of 50 metres of duchesse silk, and 80 metres of silk organza – and even the veil was a work of art, encompassing 20 metres of silk tulle taking 100 hours to embroider.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
The Prince of Wales married Camilla Parker Bowlesat Windsor Guildhall in April 2005. The bride wore an outfit by Anna Valentine, accessorised with a headdress by Philip Treacy and shoes by L.K. Bennett.
Michelle and Barack Obama were married on October 3 1992. The bride wore an off-the-shoulder satin gown with a sweetheart neckline, accessorised with diamond drop earrings and a traditional veil.