- Published on Thursday, 23 June 2016 17:58
It can be hard finding the right dress to walk down the aisle to, so often the savvy bride-to-be will look to her favourite celebrity brides for a bit of inspiration. That's why we've created the ultimate collection of celebrity wedding dresses throughout the last 75 years!
Browse celebrity wedding dresses by decade.
Or go straight to your favourite celebrity to see their wedding dress.
2010 - 2019
- Jerry Hall
- Kate Middleton
- Nancy Shevell
- Kate Moss
- Carrie Bradshaw
- Katniss Everdeen (from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
- Julie Roberts (from Mirror Mirror)
- Sofia Vergara
- Allison Williams
- Nicky Hilton
- Sophie Hunter
- Hilary Rhoda
- Erika Christensen
- Nikki Reed
- Kim Kardashian (2nd wedding)
- Lauren Kitt
- Catherine Giudici
- Taylor Armstrong
- Lauren Scruggs
- Nicole Polizzi LaValle (Snooki)
- Solange Knowles
- Amber Stevens
- Amal Alamuddin
- Ashlee Simpson
- Gabrielle Union
- Angelina Jolie
- Behati Prinsloo
- Jessica Simpson
- Emily Maynard
- Keira Knightley
- Katrina Bowden
- Lauren Parkinson
- Alexandra Lenas
- Lindsay Price
- Chrissy Teigen
- Kelly Clarkson
- Molly McNearney
- Angela Stacy's Wedding Dress
- Tamra Barney
- Avril Lavigne
- Jessica Biel
- Bella Swan
2000 - 2009
- Janie Liszewski
- Stacy "Fergie"Ferguson
- Kate Hunson (Bride Wars)
- Ellen DeGeners & Portia De Rossi
- Jessica Alba
- Guiliana DePandi
- Pamela Anderson
- Nicole Kidman
- Heidi Klum
- Christina Aguilera
- Julia Roberts
- Gwen Stefani
- Padme Amidala
- Jennifer Anniston
1990 - 1999
- Julia Roberts (in Runaway Bride)
- Victoria Beckham
- Cindy Crawford
- Brooke Shields
- Juliet Capulet (in Romeo & Juliet)
- Gwyneth Paltro (in Emma)
- Mayte Garcia
- Carrie (in Four Weddings an A Funeral)
- Celine Dion
- Whitney Houston
- Elizabeth Taylor
1980 - 1989
1970 - 1979
1960 - 1969
- Audrey Hepburn (1969)
- Fanny Brice (in “Funny Girl”)
- Raquel Welsh
- Priscilla Presley
- Maria (from The Sound Of Music)
- Elizabeth Taylor 1964
- Princess Margaret
1950 - 1959
- Elizabeth Taylor 1959
- Elizabeth Taylor 1957
- Grace Kelly
- Marlayn Monroe
- Audrey Hepburn
- Maralyn Monroe 1954
- Jacqui Kennedy
- Elizabeth Taylor 1952
- Brigitte Bardot
- Ava Gardner
- Elizabeth Taylor 1950
- Elizabeth Taylor (in Father of the Bride)
1940 - 1949
2010 - 2019
When former model and actress Jerry Hall married media mogul/owner of News Corp/21st Century Fox (and probably the leader of the Illuminati), Rupert Murdoch in March this year, we learned two things. One being that Jerry’s still got it and two that Vivienne Westwood can do no wrong.
Jerry’s pale blue chiffon, silk and tulle dress hugged her body in ways that made you forget her age. The dress made by Vivienne Westwood swept down to her mid calves and tulle covered 4/5 of her arms in an elegance that is timeless. The chiffon that was used for the majority of the body was wrapped into soft sleeves from the top to the bottom and greeted a mesh overlay that showed a two-inch gap of skin at the bottom of the dress.
Masterfully paired with a matching headband and Roger Vivier flats, the ensemble is one to be remembered.
Welcome to the most casual wedding of 2011. Kate Middleton wed Prince William surrounded by 1900 of their closest family and friends in April of 2011, setting a new standard for royal weddings.
The blushing bride was dressed in Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton, and was a vision in a long sleeved, white lace dress. The bodice, skirt and underskirt was made of French Chantilly and English lace (only the best) and the full skirt was crafted out of white satin gazar arches that were folded into pleats, meaning to represent an opening flower (sigh).
The minimalist look was topped off by a tulle veil, which was held in place by a super casual 1936 Cartier “halo” tiara, that was on loan from her highness the Queen herself. 10/10 the most casual royal wedding look thus far.
When businesswoman Nancy Shevell married former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney in 2011, it was only natural that his daughter, fashion designer Stella McCartney, design the dress. And that she did. Taking inspiration from the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson’s 1937 wedding gown, Stella recreated royal elegance by modernising the hemline.
The dress Nancy wore on her special day was an ivory knee-length gown, which featured delicate button detail down the front and on the sleeves. The pinched-in waist and V-neck cut combined elegance and timelessness and paired with white kitten heels, the ensemble inspired from the 30’s was brought forward to the 21st century.
Kate Moss’s July wedding to Jamie Hince in 2011 was a trip back in time, as the whole wedding was themed “The Great Gatsby”, including her dress! Moss walked down the aisle in a 30’s inspired John Galliano gown that featured intricate detailing using cheer panels and of course delicate beading. The floor length gown hugged the supermodel and included a modest V-neck cut and thick sheer shoulder straps.
A Juliet-style-cap was paired with a thin white veil to truly reflect the era. To top off the outfit, Moss chose a blue-soled pair of Manolo Blahniks; after all she’s always had fabulous style.
Style icon Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City, played by actress Sarah Jessica Parker, has always been an inspiration to women when hunting for their perfect wedding gown. The most coveted dress from the 2008 movie was the Vivienne Westwood champagne gown that Carrie wore to her wedding, only to be stood up by Big (in that gown, how could he?!).
The extravagant gown was taken from the Fall 2007 collection, and was tailored to perfection. Strapless, the neckline followed a classic V-neck however the tops of the V were exaggerated to create a fierce, angular shape, which reached toward the shoulders. The bodice was fitted beautifully and the skirt began to drape down over the hips before flowing down and out.
Layered detailing on the skirt created a voluminous effect, as Westwood contrasted the champagne satin with lighter ivory tones. Finally an ivory tulle veil was added, and a single teal feather was placed in carrie's severe up-do to provide a pop of colour.
If you have six months and around $15,700, this look can be recreated from the Westwood boutique in London. The net-a-porter version of the dress, which was ¾ length, unfortunately sold out in 2009. Tears.
The extravagant Swarovski crystal covered organza masterpiece that features as Katniss Everdeen's wedding dress in the 2013 Hunger Games movie: Catching Fire, was initially thought to be designed by the Alex Perry house. However the dress was actually created by Jakarta mastermind Tex Saverio, who has been known to dress the likes of Gaga and Kimmy K.
The magnificent gown is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. It incorporates an organza corset underneath a metal cage, metal pieces on top and laser cut feathers. The skirt is made up of layer upon layers of organza and chiffon ruffles, creating an airy and fluid look, perfect for twirling!
The 2012 adaptation of Snow White, Mirror Mirror, see’s Julia Roberts (obviously playing the evil queen with more flare than one could ever wish for) in an eloquent Eioko Ishioka creation. The wedding gown was one of the Japanese designers’ last creations before her death in 2012, and features more grandeur than we can even handle.
The champagne satin dress structures shard like layers that point toward the ground, ranging from small ones that adorn the fitted bodice and extend upwards at the shoulders, to larger ones, which literally scale down the skirt. The full, exaggerated princess style skirt is juxtaposed by delicate sleeves, which are sewn to puff out at the shoulder and pinch in at the wrist to reveal a gold cuff. Looking at this gown makes us believe in magic.
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello were married on the 22nd of November 2015 in Palm Beach, Florida. Sofia wore a sheath dress by Zuhair Murad Couture, which featured silk tulle, not to mention a detachable skirt. The designer explained that more than 1,000 hours was required to complete the masterpiece, which featured 3D embroidery throughout.
The detachable skirt meant that the dress flowed beautifully during the formalities such as the wedding ceremony and photos, but could then be removed later on for dancing and mingling with guests at the reception.
Ricky Van Veen, entrepreneur and founder of well known comedy site CollegeHumor was married to actress Allison Williams in the 19th of September 2015 in Wyoming. Allison wore a custom wedding dress made by Peter Copping for Oscar de la Renta, which featured hand embroidered overlay sleeves (which apparently were a "must-have" for the bride who always feels the cold).
Other notable features included a large chiffon train, sheer neckline and a bow waistband to help create her stunning shape.
Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild were married in London on the 10th of July 2015. The Hilton family are not known to do things on the cheap and this would be no exception. Nicky's dress seemingly inspired by Kate Middleton's with its high neck and long sleeves (perhaps that's what inspired the UK location) was a Valentino Haute Couture piece said to have cost around $75,000.
The gown itself was finished with crystals which no doubt contributed greatly to the price tag, but it gave the bride an elegant, refined look on her wedding day.
Sophie Hunter (a well known director) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Hollywood actor) were married on the 14th of February 2015 in the Isle of Wight in England. Sophie wore a custom made wedding dress made by Valentino, which featured long sleeves and a high neckline.
She was several months pregnant at the time of the wedding, the silver hue, patterned embroidery and empire waist creating a stunning look for the bride who glowed with the energy of love for her husband, and their child, which was soon to arrive.
Supermodel Hilary Rhoda was married to former ice hockey pro, Sean Avery, on the 10th of October 2015 in Water Mill, New York. Breaking from tradition, Hilary chose to wear a slim fitting column gown, which featured emerald beading created by Carolina Herrera.
The round studded collar and plunging neckline evoking a feeling of ancient Roman culture which she completed with a low-cut back and cathedral-length veil.
Actress and singer Erika Christensen was married to Cole Maness on the 5th of September 2015 in Cheery Valley in California. The bride wore a gown by J'Aton Couture which featured plenty of white mesh and a mermaid style shape.
The sleeveless dress was complete with a short train and a simple bouquet of white and purple flowers for a classic, elegant touch, which matched a floral wreath.
When Nikki Reed was married to Ian Somerhalder (better known for his role on The Vampire Diaries) on the 26th of April 2015 in Topanga California, hearts everywhere shattered.
Nikki wore a specially modified "Elizabeth" gown from Claire Pettibone, which featured amazing beading, Chantilly lace, three-quarter sleeves and a plunging open back.
Kim Kardashian was married to Kanye West aka Yeezy aka Pablo on the 21st of May 2014 at Forte Di Belvedere in Florence, Italy.
Wearing a custom made dress by Givenchy Haute Couture; Kim's gown took inspiration from Kate Middleton's wedding dress with long sleeves, pearls and plenty of lace, but also featured cut out sides and a mermaid shape, which showcased her famous curves.
Actress Lauren Kitt was married to former Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter on the 12th of April 2014 in Santa Barbara, California. She wore a strapless, mermaid-style wedding dress from Inbal Dror which featured lace detailing and a tulle train which is said to have cost $10,000.
The fit-and-flare gown combined with a sweetheart-neckline and long veil enabled Lauren to show off her slim physique while at the same time looking elegant with a touch of tradition.
Catherine Giudici (former contestant on The Bachelor) was married to Sean Lowe (the bachelor on the show The Batchelor) on the 26th of January 2014 in Santa Barbara California.
Catherine's wore a strapless "Perfection" dress made by Monique Huillier and featured a fit-and-flare shape with lace detailing and a draped veil.
Taylor Armstrong (best known for her time on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) was married to John Bluher on the 4th of April 2014 in the Pacific Palisades, California.
She wore a Chagoury Couture, which featured exquisite embroidered detailing and beading throughout the front and back of the dress which complimented her flowing blonde hair and slim figure.
"It was not the first time working with Taylor to create a custom gown but I was honored to work with her to create this wedding dress for her and be part of her special day.
I wanted something very romantic that was suitable for Taylor as a second wedding dress, sexy yet elegant.
I loved creating the hand made pearl strands that draped along the small of her back. This detail was beautiful for her guests to see as she stood before them during the ceremony." - Gilbert A. Chagoury
Lauren Scruggs was married to Jason Kennedy (better known as the host of E! News) on the 12th of December 2014 in Dallas, Texas.
Her strapless, lace wedding dress was made by Romona Keveza and featured a mermaid style skirt and sweetheart neckline, allowing her long blonde hair to drape over her shoulders along with a long bridal veil.
"Lauren is a classic beauty who exudes elegance. She chose a timeless mermaid silhouette that was romantic and very feminine, allowing her true beauty to shine through.
My Legends Romona Keveza collection is always inspired by legendary women such as Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy. I believe Lauren is such an inspiration to young women and that she truly is a legend in her own time." - Romona Keveza
Nicole Polizzi (better known as Snooki) was married to Jionni LaValle on the 29th of November 2014 in East Hanover, New Jersey.
Snooki's off-white wedding dress was made by Eve of Milady and featured an embroidered bodice, sweetheart neckline, fingerless gloves and lace appliques to create a "Great Gatsby inspired" gown.
Solange Knowles (sister of Beyonce Knowles) was married to Alan Ferguson on the 16th of November 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Breaking tradition, she wore a Humberto Leon for Kenzo wedding gown which featured a long white cape and accessorised with golden wrist cuffs. The entire ensemble was the definition of chic, style, attitude, oreiginality and a little unexpected.
Some eagle-eyed Game Of Thrones fans say that the design for a dress worn by Khaleesi bares a striking resemblance to Solange's dress. What do you think?
Actress Amber Stevens was married to Andrew West on the 6th of December 2014 in Los Angeles California.
Her strapless wedding gown was made by CB Couture and featured lace patterns throughout a tiered, layered design.
The sweetheart neckline exposed her slender shoulders allowing the veil to complement her long brown hair.
Lawyer and activist Amal Alamuddin was married to George Clooney on the 27th of September 2014 in Venice, Italy.
She wore an Oscar de la Renta wedding dress which featured off-the-shoulder straps and a circular train. Pearls and diamante accents were also used to create further embellishment along with extensive lace pattern work.
Singer Ashlee Simpson was married to Evan Ross on the 31st of August 2014 in Greenwich, Connecticut.
The gown was from Houghton and was extremely non-traditional. Most significant was the fact that the dress featured a crop-top design with lace top and skirt.
The design was completed with a long bridal train, hand-sewn silk tulle veil, and a collection of Neil Lane rubies and diamonds.
Hollywood actress Gabrielle Union was married to Dwayne Wade on the 30th of August 2014 in Miami, Florida.
Her wedding dress was an off-white strapless design with a sweetheart neckline, a ball gown style skirt and long veil, specially made for her by Dennis Basso.
Angelina Jolie (finally) married Brad Pitt on the 23rd of August 2014 in Correns, France.
Her wedding dress made by Atelier Versace was made from a combination of silk and satin and featured embroidery, a full length skirt and a long train. The ruching bust and slender straps creating a simple and elegant look for her wedding day.
Most notable though were the colourful pictures coverign her veil. They were hand-drawn by her children and a memorable way for them to be involved in the wedding day.
Adam Levine (lead singer of Maroon 5) was married to Behati Prinsloo (a Victoria's secret model from Namibia) on the 19th of July 2014 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Her wedding dress was made by Marchesa and showcased a beautiful blush pink colour and a long bridal train.
Silk tulle covered the lace dress from the knee down and spaghetti style straps with long sleeves and a white floral crown completed her almost bohemian bridal look.
Singer Jessica Simpson was married to Eric Johnson on the 5th of July 2014 in Montecito, California.
She wore a custom made champagne coloured wedding dress which featured a multi-layered design and extensive embroidery throughout. The eye-catching strapless gown was made by Carolina Herrera and was accessorised with a long Cathedral length veil.
Former bachelorette Emily Maynard married her beau Tyler Johnson on the 7th of June 2014 in Sharon, South Carolina.
She chose a soft pink strapless wedding dress, custom made by Modern Trousseau which featured a lace bodice and tulle skirt, finished with a large silver waist sash and large rear-facing bow.
The finishing touch however were definitely her cowboy boots which she wore on the wedding day, ensuring that her country heritage was front and center.
Actress Keira Knightley was married to well known musician James Righton on the 4th of May 2013 in Mazan, France.
She wore a simple tea-length tulle dress from Chanel Couture with a lovely soft pink hue and an elegant bustier. The ensemble was finished off with Chanel shoes and a pair of black Wayfarer sunglasses as the couple spent their big day in the sun together.
Katrina Bowden (best know for her role on the TV series 30 Rock) was married to Benjamin Jorgensen on the 19th of May 2013.
After having some difficulty finding the particular dress she wanted, Katrina settled on a particular design from Amsale which featured a v-shape open back and plenty of lace detailing. The sleeveless, slim fitting dress was finished with a simple silver waist belt.
Alexandra Lenas was married to Sean Parker (founder of Napster) on the 1st of June 2013 in Big Sur, California.
The bride wore an Ellie Saab wedding dress which looked to be inspired by Lord Of The Rings with it's golden hue, and enormous veil and train.
Complete with long sleeves and lace appliqué her amazing gown fit perfectly with the weddings over-the-top venue and decor.
Actress and singer Lindsay Prices was married to celebrity Chef Curtis Stone on the 8th of June 2013 in Mallorca, Spain.
She wore an ivory Vera Wang organza style wedding gown with tulle skirt and fitted bodice, and plenty of Chantilly lace detailing.
American model Chrissy Teigen was married to John Legend on the 14th of September 2013 in Lake Como, Italy.
Wearing a Vera Wang wedding dress, the gown combined an ivory colour with petal embroidery and an open back. The large tulle skirt was an effective contrast to her slender figure, and created a classic princess look.
Kelly Clarkson was married to Brandon Blackstock on the 20th of October 2013 in Walland Tennesee.
On her wedding day she wore a Temperley "Jessamine" long-sleeve gown covered in lace. Simple hair accessories and a collection of field flowers in a bouquet completed her country bride look.
Molly McNearney was married to TV show host Jimmy Kimmel on the 13th of July 2013 in Ojai, California.
Molly's dress was made by Monique Huillier and was a simple strapless design with subtle embroidery and a slight flare below the knees. She finished her look with a crystal waist belt and a veil for the ceremony.
Angela Stacy married actor Matt Lanter on the 14th of June 2013 in Malibu, California.
She wore an ivory coloured custom Lazaro gown from JLM Couture. The strapless dress featured a sweetheart neckline and silver braided waist belt to match her bracelet and earrings.
Tamra Barney (best known for her role on The Real Housewives of OC) married Eddie Judge on the 15th of June 2013 in Dana Point, California.
Her soft pink wedding gown was made by Mark Zunino and showed off a full length trumpet chiffon skirt.
The strapless gown was also detailed with embroidery and extensive beadwork all of which needed to be applied by hand.
Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger were married on the 1st of July 2013 in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France. Avril wore a striking black gown by Monique Huillier to match her gothic themed wedding at the French Castle.
With multiple layers of tulle making up the beautiful skirt, and Chantilly lace throughout the bodice the black dress contrasted strongly against her fair skin.Avril's slender frame was complimented by the V-neck halter style top and she wore a black veil with lace edging as she walked down the aisle.
When Jessica Biel wed Justin Timberlake in 2012 in Southern Italy, the couple definitely brought sexy back. As Justin serenaded her, Biel strode down the aisle in a custom strapless Giambattista Valli gown, which featured a feminine tiered skirt. But wait a minute, the gown was PINK!
The Italian creation was a stunning combination of silk mousseline and silk organza, and covered in light pink floral motifs. A custom veil in which Valli incorporated pearls from Biel’s grandma’s original wedding tiara accompanied the ball gown silhouette, creating a truly special look.
People have been going crazy over the wedding dress worn by Bella Swan (played by Kristin Stewart) in Twilight: Breaking Dawn ever since it was played on the big screen in 2011.
The dress was created using crepe satin and French Chantilly lace and featured a beautiful lace back finished with a row of over 150 white buttons. Long sleeves tapering to lace cuffs continued the modest and delicate theme.
The original design took Carolina Herrera and four seamstresses a massive 6 months to complete, and as a result the cost to purchase a version of the hand made gown was slated at around $35,000. As an alternative, an official replica dress can be purchased from Alfred Angelo for just $799.
2000 - 2009
Rather than us try to describe this dress and the events surrounding the design, Hanna Hartnell (the designer) did us the honour of sending us the entire story!
"Janie actually found me through a friend of hers in the entertainment world and she suggested me as a potential designer for her wedding gown.
The afternoon wedding was in the family home with a country French feeling with stone walls, grassy lawns and gardens.
Eddie was set on dressing very casually and I brought Italian linen trousers and several shirts (an Alexander McQueen in ivory pale grey won his favor). I don’t normally dress men in the wedding party, but Eddie is not a shopper and this was an easy assignment to make both the bride and groom happy. Note in the wedding photos, both are wearing flip flops!
As the designer, I work personally with each bride as we try on several gowns from my collection as a starting point for the eventual custom made couture gown, encompassing the specific details each bride is looking for. In Janie’s case, it came down to two styles, and eventually she chose the Flamingo design. This design has crossed straps in the back that begin narrow in front and get wider at the point they attach to the gown in the back.
Janie is a very athletic woman and works out daily. When she came in for her fitting, about a month after our first meeting, it became apparent that her fitness program was developing her upper back and arms to a point that the cross straps ‘framed’ the muscular portion of her back and while impressive, not the feminine look she was hoping for.
We returned to her other favorite, the Phoenix gown, which is a halter neck, empire silhouette, with a very feminine detail of contrast band in blush that encircles the front, deep sides and forms a deep V at the center of the open back. The band becomes long ties that are looped into a bow with the ties falling to the hem of the train. It emphasized her small waist and beautifully framed her toned back while the color and bow emphasized her femininity.
We completed both gowns and she saved the Flamingo for a red carpet event in the future.
Luckily, I met with Eddie and Janie at their home to show Eddie his clothing choices, and it gave me a chance to see the home venue and feel confident that everything was just as they had envisioned. Janie wrote me a lovely thank you note later. Creating her wedding dress will always be a fond memory." - Hanna Hartnell
Stacy Ferguson, better known as Black Eyed Peas vocalist Fergie-ferg wore arguably the most G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S gown for her 2009 wedding to actor and coveted hottie Josh Duhamel.
Designed by bridal party superhero’s and high fash designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (Dolce Gabbana), the MILF singer wore a fitted white ruche corset gown that would make your London, London bridge wanna go down.
The dress was embellished with a mesh tulle overlay and featured spaghetti straps that showed off the singers toned arms. The masterpiece, which was custom made for the occasion, hugged all of her humps, her humps her humps her humps, and featured clusters of tulle in the shape of flowers, which of course contained some bling bling, before cascading down to a long train.
The 2009 box office hit starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, Bride Wars, whilst not the most inventive storyline, certainly featured some gorgeous wedding gowns. Our favourite? The stunning Vera Wang gown that Kate wore, of course!
The strapless white gown encapsulated the idea of the “iconic bride”, featuring a fitted bodice decorated with detailed embroidery and a princess skirt made of tulle. Delicate button detailing was used on the back and a thick charcoal ribbon was wrapped around the waist and tied into a bow at the front, draping down the font of the gown. Classic Wang.
When talk show host/ comedian/ all round good person Ellen DeGeneres married her soul mate Portia De Rossi in 2008, the pair called upon American designer Zac Posen to dress them for the special day.
Portia, who donned a backless pink dress with a high halter neck and ballerina skirt and Ellen who opted for a white pant, cheer white top and white vest ensemble, walked down the aisle in front of 19 guests in their LA home. Tres intimate.
Perhaps the most secret wedding of the century. Jessica Alba wed Cash Warren in a discreet ceremony room at the Beverly Hills courthouse in 2008. Pregnant at the time, Alba chose to wear a non-descript blue floor length gown.
Simple yet stunning, we wouldn’t expect anything less from Hollywood’s sweetheart. She can do no wrong.
When Guiliana DePandi married Bill Rancic in 2007, she did so in true Italian style. The Capri wedding was festive and decadent, and so can be said about the two-piece Monique Lhiullier ensemble she wore.
The white detailed bodice featured a corset like structure, and accompanied by a cream layered skirt, Guiliana was an Italian vision!
As we could only expect, Pamela Anderson wed Kid Rock in 2006 in what is probably the raciest wedding dress that we’ve heard of… so far.
The actress/model/former playmate sported a white lace couture skirt, designed by Heatherette, at her St Tropez wedding in the South of France. I guess we could call it “seasonably appropriate”?The star dressed it up with a pair of Jimmy Choo’s, a Swarovski crystal tiara and a simple white veil. Classy times.
We couldn’t think of a more gorgeous and traditional wedding than that of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban in 2006. Dressed in Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga, Nicole stepped out in a silk-chiffon creation that oozed elegance and simplicity.
Similar to the design of icon Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, the short-sleeved gown boasted puffed shoulders, modest neckline and a floor length skirt of layered lace. We heart Nicole.
Did someone say Mehico? Fashionista Heidi Klum and Seal did when they said I do on a private beach in Mexico in 2005, while Heidi was five months pregnant. Stepping out in an ivory Vera Wang creation, Heidi wore the Chantilly lace gown featuring an empire waist and cross over straps.
Despite the baby bump, the model pulled it off. Of course she did, It was Vera Wang.
Christina Aguilera’s Napa Valley wedding to music producer Jordan Bratman in 2005 saw her in one of the most ostentatious dresses known to the Internet, all because of the train. French designer, Christian Lacroix, created the sleeveless, form fitting white gown, which Christina paired with Loubotins, white flowers and jewels.
The gown boasted a modest V-neck line, which was decorated by flower embellishments across both the front and back. The dress hugged the tiny singer until it dropped down and out; spraying into an array of ruffles fell around and behind her. A simple white mesh veil accompanied the stunning ensemble, emphasising the floral detailing on the dress with matching floral embellishments.
Pretty in pink, the surprise wedding of Julia Roberts and Danny Moder was a real treat for the 60 guests who were invited to join them on their little 82-acre ranch in Taos for the weekend. Guests believed they were there to celebrate the 4th of July festivities until Roberts emerged at midnight wearing a pale pink Judith Beylerian cotton halter dress, adorned with pearls and antique beads. She wore a thin wire crown that was decorated with antique hand-carved buttons, pearls and cut glass as the couple said "I do" under the moonlight. How’s that for romance.
In 2002 the talented American singer, songwriter, fashion designer and actress, Gwen Stefani, married fellow American singer Gavin Rossdale in what can be remembered as a colourful affair. Her gown, designed by John Galliano for Dior, was an ivory, off the shoulder creation that was fitted around the bodice before swooping down into an elaborate skirt.
Asymmetrical folds around the skirt gave the dress a definition and volume, and was famously hand painted a soft magenta. The finished effect made the dress seem as if it has been dipped in a pool of colour! A tulle train cascaded behind the bride and Gwen opted for bright magenta lipstick to complete the look.
The 2002 blockbuster movie Star Wars: Attack of the Clones featured one of the most stunning fantasy wedding dresses for the last decade, worn by Natalie Portman.
Designer Trisha Biggar created the amazing look by using a multitude of materials and techniques which strongly resemble wedding fashion from the 1920s.
The dress is a floor length design with a V-neck using ivory coloured silk. Extensive beading is used on the veil and drapes delicately over her head during the wedding scene. Elbow-length bell sleeves finish to reveal another layer of delicate scroll patterning which extends all the way down to the wrist.
An exquisite masterpiece, its intricacy was increased when costume designers created over 300 yards of French-knit braid for the scrollwork which featured heavily throughout the gown.
Friends star and Hollywood sweetheart Jennifer Anniston’s wedding to heartthrob Brad Pitt in 2000 can only be described as a Malibu dream.
For the low key, 200-guest occasion, the star wore a $50,000 elaborate gown crafted by designer Lawrence Steele, who hand stitched glass beads to the silk and satin material to create a subtle yet detailed look. The high neck dress was paired with a circular veil that plunged from a Swarovski crystal crown (BLING BLING) and of course an ivory suede pair of Manolo’s. Just because.
1990 - 1999
Think traditional, off the shoulder, perfection, and that’s what you see when you watch the 1999 movie “Runaway Bride, starring Julia Roberts.
The gown Roberts wears is a classic off the shoulder white gown which features elaborate lace embroidered detail across the entire bodice and above the hemline of the skirt.The floor length gown hugged the actress before flaring out slightly and contrasted the delicate silk detailing with a satin body.
Before there was Carrie Bradshaw in her Vivienne Westwood, there was Victoria Beckham in her Vera Wang, and boy, did both women kill. Victoria Beckham’s 1999 wedding to professional soccer legend/ every woman’s dream, David Beckham, was a royal affair, quite literally. The pair were wed in nothing less than a castle situated just outside of Dublin, Ireland, surrounded by 29 of their closest friends and family. Victoria walked down a 60 meter walkway with a 20 meter train floating behind her, in a strapless, champagne Vera Wang. Sound familiar?
The dress was later created by designer extraordinaire, Vivienne Westwood, for the 2008 movie Sex and the City. Who wore it better? The jury is out, but we will say this, an 18 carat gold crown encrusted with diamonds by jeweller Slim Barrett trumps bird feathers any day!
Cindy Crawford’s barefoot Bahamas wedding in 1998 to Rande Gerber saw her in something that looks all too familiar to 2016 Gen Y’s; the slip dress.
Designed by John Galliano, her white mini slip dress was anything but basic, featuring a sexy V-neck that played with lace as well as lace scalloping around the hemline. Who would have thought this little number would make a come back? We did. Because it's simple but stunning.
When we think of simplistic elegance, the Heidi Weisel dress that Brooke Shields wed Andre Agassi in comes to mind. The 1997 California wedding saw the bride in a corseted ivory gown boasting inch thick straps and was tailored to perfection.
"What I loved most was the bold simplicity, we did not use any embellishment, which is so modern. It was all about the fabric and shape." - Heidi Weisel
The gown featured a modest neckline and a skirt that skimmed the ground, accompanied by a 16-foot antique lace veil; Brooke married the professional tennis legend in timeless style.
Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 ripper of a film “Romeo + Juliet” featured one of the most prominent wedding dress costumes known to almost every bride-to-be.
Actress Clare Danes, who played Juliet, wore an ivory halter dress that featured delicate button detailing down the front when she married her forbidden love, Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo Di Caprio aka Romeo. The gown was simple and seemed to be made of a thick satin cloth. Classic. Elegant. Timeless.
The 1996 movie “Emma”, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, featured a wedding gown that was true to the early 1900’s conventions and values.
The traditional floor length gown made of silk crepe features short sleeves and of course a modest neckline. A small embroidered pattern was used throughout the top layer of the dress and an off white underskirt can be seen underneath.
A matching off white ribbon was tied around the waist; matching the underskirt and making Gwyneth look tiny as ever!
Cue the flower crowns; Mayte Garcia’s wedding to Prince Rogers Nelson in 1996 was a decorative affair. The backup dancer wore a long sleeve, drop waist white gown that she co-designed alongside Prince’s costume designer Bonnie Flesland.
The backless dress was encrusted with crystals and featured a high neck and, unlike traditional gowns, was designed so that the skirt was short at the front and long at the back.
The 1994 movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, starring Andie MacDowell and Corin Redgrave featured a traditional yet stunning wedding dress that brides to be have coveted for years now.
The Lindy Hemming floor length gown that Carrie wore at her wedding to Hamish, was made using cream silk and featured a seamed bustier, long slit in the skirt and most notably, a sequin and beaded gold bolero jacket that simply striking. The short-sleeved bolero adds class and elegance to something so simple!
When Celine married her manager Rene Angeli in 1994, she had one thought in mind for her dress: royalty. Specifically, Marie Antoinette. Her Mirella and Steve Gentile gown took a whopping 1000 hours to create and flaunted a 20-foot (or six meter) train.
Not to be out done by actual royalty, Dion had a seven-pound (just over three kilos) tiara that contained over 2000 Austrian crystals sewn into her hair for the special day.
Her long sleeved gown featured lace and mesh detailing along the arms and boasted emphasised bell sleeves (oh so 90’s!). The figure-hugging bodice accentuated her hourglass waist before blowing out to a ballerina skirt.
You know you’ve made it when you drop a casual $40 grand on a wedding dress… and in 1992, Whitney knew she had made it when she wed Bobby brown at her $11 mill New Jersey estate. Whitney walked down the aisle in front of 800 guests in a decadent Mark Bauwer gown that was nothing less than a beaded lace dream.
The high neck, long sleeved white dress combined Lyon lace with mesh and of course, lots and lots of beads. A matching headpiece that radiates Beyoncé vibes was added to complete the ensemble, and boy did she look like something out of a music video.
As they say, the eight times the charm (or is it third?) so in 1991 Elizabeth gave it a crack for the last time, marrying construction worker Larry Fortensky famously at Michael Jacksons’ Neverland ranch.
She must have had a feeling that this would be her last marriage, as she sought after Valentino to design her dress, going out with a bang!
A winter wedding, her dress was crafted out of cashmere, which was accessorised with a tweed and fur coat and matching cashmere turban.
1980 - 1989
Before wedding Prince Charles of Wales in 1981, Lady Diana Spencer approached Welsh designer David Emanuel to create what would be the most ostentatious gown in royal history.
With the help of his then wife Elizabeth, the designer crafted an ivory silk chef-d'oeuvre, and embellished it with pearls, sequins and antique lace. A masterpiece fit for a princess! The gown, embellished with such intricate detail that photography could do it no justice, boasted a modest V-neck that was adorned with ruffles.
The emphasized shoulders dropped down to ¾ length sleeves that ended with indeed more ruffles. The truly 80’s style gown mildly accentuated Diana’s waist before plummeting down to a full ballerina skirt, or in this case, a princess skirt. To go the extra mile, a 25-foot train cascaded behind the bride, which to this day remains to be the longest train in royal history.
Despite being married five times, Danish born actress, model and television presenter Brigitte Nielsen’s most iconic wedding dress was the one she wore to marry Sylvester Stallone in 1985. The Danish beauty designed the dress herself, and being smack bang in the 80’s, well, one could only expect giant floral sleeves and an exotic headdress.
The dress itself featured lace detail on the long sleeves and chest, a solid white bodice and skirt, which fell floor length hugging her figure. Diamanté detailing can be seen wrapping around the neck to complete that wham bam 80’s glam look!
1970 - 1979
Elizabeth's second marriage to Richard Burton in 1975 saw her change up her style completely, as she flaunted a 70’s style rainbow tie dyed dress created by designer Gina Fratini.
The dress was long and flowy and embroided with tiny feathers as a finishing touch.
Princess Anne’s wedding to Captain Mark Phillips in 1973 saw her in a creation that could only be described as traditional royalty.
The gown, designed by Maureen Baker for Susan Small, was inspired by court dresses from Queen Elizabeth I’s era. The white silk creation featured traditional long sleeves, a high neck and of course, a full-length skirt.
Trumpet sleeves, edged in pearls and draped over chiffon cuffs reflected the Tudor era. While the modern bodice showed off her slim waist and fit princess Anne to perfection.
Pearls and silver thread adorned the neck and decolatage of the dress, while orange blossom embroidery in pearls and silver thread were weaved through the back and the train.
Before she was Bianca Jagger, style icon and wife of legendary Beatles member Mick Jagger, she was Bianca Perez-Mora Macias. Her wedding to Mick in 1971 solidified her reign as a queen of fashion, as she donned a tailored white YSL le smoking jacket, created by Yves Saint Laurent, with nothing underneath.
The revealing jacket was paired with a floating skirt that caressed her ankles, and sandals were chosen for the big day in St Tropez.
Bianca encompassed the true meaning of 1970’s glam style by adding an oversized white hat to the ensemble, which doubled as a veil as well.
1960 - 1969
For her second marriage to Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti in 1969, Audrey Hepburn sought to make a statement in a one off mini dress designed by Hubert de Givenchy himself.
The long sleeved, funnel neck mini dress was untraditionally made of wool and dyed a pale ballet pink.
Accompanied by white tights, white ballet flats and a head scarf the likes of which the public had never seen before in a wedding, the fashion icon truly carved a name for herself in fashion history. Typical Hepburn class.
The Broadway turned 1968 movie “Funny Girl” starring Barbara Streisand featured a stunning white gown that all pregnant brides-to-be have checked out.
The off-the-shoulder, long sleeved gown worn by character Fanny Brice, emphasised the brides neckline, as it was adorned with flowers. A satin bodice joined a floor length skirt, which was embroidered with lace detailing, while a matching floral headpiece sat above a gorgeous white veil that flowed behind her.
Despite marrying four times, American actress and singer Raquel Welch’s most notable dress was the one she donned in 1967 for her marriage to producer Patrick Curtis.
The star flaunted her svelte figure in a 60’s inspired crochet mini dress, which was accompanied by a white ¾ length fur coat and elbow length gloves.
One of the original icons of the 20th century, Priscilla Beaulieu married Elvin Presley in 1967. In true Vegas style, Priscilla sourced her wedding gown by disguising herself in a blonde wig and searching through small LA boutiques before she found the one.
The pure white gown flaunted an A line silhouette and consisted of gorgeous lace detail on the high neck and long sleeves.
Pearl embellishments were present on the dress, which added that classic 60’s charm, and a three-foot voluminous tulle veil accompanied the bride down the aisle for her speedy eight-minute ceremony! Topped off with a tiara that sat upon her jet-black hair, Priscilla truly looked like rock'n'roll royalty.
When Maria married the handsome Captain von Trapp in the 1965 movie The Sound of Music, producers never imagined that thousands would covet the gown borrowed from the rental aisle of Western Costume.
Costume designer Dorothy Jeakins crafted the ivory silk gown to hug Julie Andrew's figure to perfection and incorporated a high neck, empire line and delicate buttons along the inside of each long sleeve.
Traditionally, a long train and veil were added to the ensemble, which was later actioned off for $23,040 in 2013.
In 1964, Elizabeth married Welsh actor Richard Burton, whom she described to be the “love of her life”. Marrying him twice, her first gown was constructed by Cleopatra costume designer Irene Sharraf, and was poised to be one of her most iconic wedding dresses.
The dress was canary yellow in colour and featured a baby doll cut. To raise the bar from her previous wedding getups, the star had hyacinths and lilies of he valley weaved into her intricate braided up do for her special day.
Her ensemble was accompanied by a stunning diamond and emerald Bulgari brooch, in which her then husband Richard Burton stated, “The only word Elizabeth knows in Italian is Bulgari”.
Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (doesn’t that sound so Game of Thrones) and younger sister to Queen Elizabeth II wore a simple yet sophisticated gown when she married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1960. Coveted court designer Norman Hartell designed and constructed the dress, using thirty meters of white silk organza to complete it.
Unlike her older sisters’ wedding gown, Princess Margaret opted for a satin bound tulle veil and absolutely no embroidery. The timeless piece instead focused on delivering simple elegance with long sleeves, a modest V-neck and a pinched in waist, which flared out to a traditional bell shaped skirt.
1950 - 1959
In 1959 came Elizabeth Taylor’s fourth marriage to singer and previous bestie of her ex, Eddie Fisher, whom she married in an emerald green silk dress.
The dress featured mesh long sleeves, a hood and a slightly pleated skirt, and so continued her love affair with coloured wedding dresses.
In 1957 Elizabeth tried her luck with film producer Mike Todd, marrying him in a dramatic hooded silk organza gown.
The dress featured short sleeves and hugged her figure before flaring out slightly and dropping to the ground.
It was the dress that according to designer Oscar de la Renta made Grace Kelly a “timeless bride”. For her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956, the actress wore an intricate gown designed by MGM film studio designer Helen Rose. With the help of thirty seamstresses and six weeks of labour, the iconic gown made of 125 year old delicate rose point Brussels lace.
"My favorite wedding dress of all-time is Grace Kelly (Princess Grace of Monaco). The combination of fabrics, including antique Belgian lace, along with the fit and silhouette of her dress was truly fit for a princess. Her dress embodied classic elegance, style and grace, and decades later, is still defined by just that. " - David Tutera
The high collared dress with elegant lace sleeves and a full skirt had so many elements to it that even our heads were spinning. Rose point lace was used on the bodice, veil and train insert and thousands of tiny hand sewn pearls were added for that refined royal touch. The Silk faille skirt also had three layers, a foundation petticoat, a ruffled petticoat and a smoothing petticoat, to create that bell shape look.
"There is one wedding dress that in my eyes stands above all in the course of history - a divine match between a beautiful creation and a true princess beauty - Grace Kelly. It’s a lace masterpiece, very unique and bold in cut for that time and era. It’s a timeless style, that was so flattering on the beautiful Kelly, that the looks of it still echoes in my head from the first time I saw her pictures in it.
It’s has the long sleeves style that is very known in my bridal line as well, as I love the mix of very fitted dresses that are sexy and feminine, but with a classy modest twist in the form of sleeves. I also love the distinct waist line, that was very high, and hence elongating and flattering." - Berta Balilti
Helen Rose believed that the back of the dress should be just as interesting as the front, so a 90 yard veil was added, just for good measure.
When Marilyn Monroe wed for a third time in 1956, her most notable wedding gown was worn. The traditional beige, mid length cut dress hugged the icon’s body and accentuated her famous curves. The dress featured a ruched bust, pinched waistline and simplistic detail, with a satin band around her middle.
A chin length veiled was pinned to a pillbox hat, adding the final touch of simple elegance to the blushing bride.
The Breakfast at Tiffany’s star, Hollywood style icon, mother and philanthropist was married twice, each time decked in historical masterpieces by two of the most sought after fashion houses in the world. What more could a girl ask for?
Audrey’s 1954 wedding to American actor Mel Ferrer saw her in an elegant tea length (or midi) flared dress, created by the one and only Pierre Balmain of Balmain House.
The dress boasted a satin sash, which accentuated her tiny waist and was juxtaposed by ball gown sleeves, a high neck and elbow length gloves. Instead of donning a tiara or veil, the star opted for a simple crown of roses for her headpiece. Talk about classic elegance.
In 1954 Marilyn Monroe tied the knot for the second time, this time to baseball great, Joe DiMaggio. The star rocked a chocolate-brown broadcloth suit, featuring a white Peter Pan collar.
Before she was the First Lady, she was Jacqueline Bouvier, and she wanted a simple dress with straight, clean lines. Alas, marrying Senator and later to be President, John F. Kennedy in 1953, Jacqui caved to family pressure and succumbed to what she described as a “lamp shade” gown.
Created by African American designer Anne Lowe, who also designed for the Rockefeller’s and the Vanderbilt’s, the 1950’s gown reflects classic trends of the time, boasting an off-the-shoulder, short sleeve cut with a portrait neckline.
Fifty yards of ivory silk taffeta and a team of skilled seamstresses came together to produce the elegant gown not once, but twice, as tragedy struck ten days before the wedding in the way of a burst pipeline in the New York design studio. Thankfully the magnificent dress that took eight weeks to cut and sew was recreated in the week leading up to the big day, and Jacqui walked down the aisle in the exquisite gown that featured wax flowers, a pinched in waist that hugged her tiny figure and a gushing voluminous bouffant skirt.
Elizabeth Taylor’s second marriage in 1952 to British actor Michael Wilding saw her in a serious arrangement, as Wilding was twenty years her senior.
The star chose a conservative flared suit in mauve that was decorated with a white collar and sleeves, also produced by designer Helen Rose.
Brigitte Bardot’s wedding to Roger Vadim in 1952 in Passy, France, saw her in a creation that she designed herself! Produced by dressmaker Madame Ogive, the local Passy dressmaker, the white, hand-sewn gown featured a high neck, long sleeves and delicate button detailing down the front.
The bodice of the gown was tailored to perfection, and the dress bustled around the hips, before dropping down to a straight, simple skirt.
Ava Gardner’s controversial marriage to Frank Sinatra in 1951 saw her in a wedding dress that has gone on to inspire vintage seeking brides to be.
The halter neck dress, created by Italian house Fontana, was white and mauve and untraditionally tea length. The pinched-in bodice flaunted Ava’s tiny figure and the bride accessorised her dress with a double strand of pearls and a matching sheer shawl.
Elizabeth Taylor was a woman of many talents. An English-American actress, businesswoman, humanitarian and serial husband hunter, throughout her time she donned many a wedding dress down the aisle. Seven to be precise.
For her first wedding in 1950 to Hilton heir Conrad Hilton Junior, the star wore a satin creation designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose. The long sleeved, high neck gown boasted mesh detailing on the neck, a ballerina skirt and a tulle veil.
Costumer designer Helen Rose created one of the most memorable wedding dresses in Hollywood history.
Father of the Bride star, Elizabeth Taylor, wore a gorgeous Helen Rose creation when she played Kay in the 1950 movie. The high neck, long-sleeved satin dress was the beginning of Helen’s signature creations, as it featured a pinched bodice, lace detailing on the neck and chest, a full skirt and delicate button detailing down the bodice.
The satin was folded at the top of the dress to create a V-neck shape and then lace was inserted to cover the actress right up to her neck.
The satin skirt was also folded on both sides as to reveal a white lace underskirt. This dress became the starting point for many brides seeking something elegant with a royal twist.
1940 - 1949
Princess Elizabeth’s gown that she so gracefully donned to marry Prince Philip in 1947 is perhaps one of the most intricate wedding dresses in history. Created by court designer Norman Hartell, the ivory duchesse satin and Chinese silk dress was adorned with white seed pearls that were embroidered in a floral design. Hartell sought inspiration from Botticelli’s painting of Primavera, which symbolizes the coming of spring, and proceeded to run with a floral theme.
More than 10,000 white seed pearls, imported from America, embellished the full length dress in floral patterns, while silver thread, sparkling crystals, transparent applique and tulle embroidery was used to heavily decorate the sweetheart neckline. The gorgeous duchesse satin was carefully contrasted with the white pearls and paired with motifs of star lilies and orange blossoms to reflect the colours of spring.
Elizabeth’s gown followed traditional expectations, with long sleeves, a pinched waist and an elegant drop skirt which caressed the floor. Attached to the shoulders was a thirteen-foot silk tulle train, which nursed an even more intricate tulle veil embroided in a star pattern, giving the effect of floating flowers behind the bride. Oh how romantic!
America’s biggest sex symbol of the 1950’s, Marilyn Monroe, lived a big life. When she wasn’t pursuing her acting and modelling career, she was falling in love. Again and again and again.
For her first wedding in 1942 to family friend James Dougherty, Monroe borrowed a simple pure white, A-line for the occasion.
It was long and silk with a short veil that was attached to her thick, curly hair, which was dark at the time.
Despite marrying twice, Hollywood darling Gene Tierney’s first wedding dress worn in 1941 was the most notable in the public’s eye.
Designed by her then fiancé and husband-to-be, costume and fashion designer and Russian royalty, Oleg Cassini, the form fitting lace gown that Gene wore when they romantically eloped in Vegas featured long sleeves, a modest high neck, a tulle veil and a matching lace beret.
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