The Wedding Dresses Dreams are Made of

The weddings of the ridiculously rich and famous have long been a source of aspiration and obsession for most of us.And the dresses are pure inspiration. 


Elizabeth Taylor – With seven husbands and eight wedding dresses (she married Richard Burton twice) and a style catalogue spanning from 1950-2011, it’s hard to choose which of Liz’s dresses is our favourite. But a clear standout is the green, hooded dress she wore to marry hubby number four, singer Eddie Fisher, who scandalously left his wife, actress Debbie Reynolds, to marry Taylor in 1959. To complete the scandal, Reynolds was Liz’s maid of honour at her previous wedding.


Wallis Simpson – The distinctly unroyal American socialite caused a huge scandal in Britain when would-be King Edward VIII abdicated his claim to the throne in 1935 to marry her for, of all things, love. Her dress, a modest, nipped-in waist gown, was made by French-American atelier Mainbocher in Wallis’s signature shade, ‘Wallis blue’.


Gwen Stefani – One of the only other spots of colour in our list, pop star Stefani wore a John Galliano gown for her 2002 wedding to musician Gavin Rossdale –  its asymmetrical, lingerie style hook and eye corset bodice and hot pink, dip-dyed skirt caught the attention of fashion lovers so much that Stefani donated it to Britain’s Victoria and Albert Museum.


Jackie Bouvier (Kennedy-Onassis) – The ultimate First Lady, known now simply as “Jackie O”, was an investigative photographer when she met Congressman JFK. After covering the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in London, Jackie accepted John’s proposal and they married in 1953. The bride wore a beautiful off-the-shoulder sweetheart gown with full skirt, made by New York designer Ann Lowe, accented by little white gloves. 


Iman – The fashion icon and model married pop rocker David Bowie in 1992, in a private ceremony in Switzerland. It was her third marriage and his second. For the ceremony, the graceful model wore a halter neck ivory Giambatista Valli gown with a bustle train and elbow length elegant gloves.


Princess Diana – One of the world’s top style icons, until her death in 1997, Lady Diana Spencer opted for one of the most ’80s wedding dresses of all time to become Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Di’s classic ’80s dress with huge puff sleeves had large romantic collar with a huge train and was designed by husband-and-wife design team David and Elizabeth Emanuel. One of the first televised weddings, Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles (Britain’s heir apparent), was viewed by an estimated global audience of 750 million viewers worldwide, and was dubbed “the wedding of the 20th century” by newspapers around the world. 


Princess Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly) The beautiful Hollywood actress of Rear Window and High Society fame met Prince Ranier of Monaco during the Cannes Film Festival and in 1956, became Princess Grace, wearing 25 yards of silk taffeta, made by Helen Rose, MGM studio’s head costumer. Before Princess Di, Grace Kelly was the world’s real life fairy tale princess.

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