10 Hidden Details You Didn't Know About Sarah Ferguson's Wedding Dress
Five years after Princess Diana married the future King of England in a fairytale wedding, Sarah Ferguson prepared to walk down the aisle with her own prince. The press anticipated a sartorial flop, prematurely lambasting in the weeks leading up the ceremony, but up-and-coming London courtier Lindka Cierach ultimately saved the day on July 23, 1986.
"Fashion experts who had criticized the latest royal family member's figure and supposed lack of clothes sense, and openly fretted about her choice of an unknown designer for her wedding gown proclaimed her
Cierach and her team of five women had
“Every time the daily paper came out with another [supposedly leaked] sketch, we’d laugh away about it all,” Cierach told People. “I don’t think anyone came close."
Now that Princess Eugenie is planning her own October , it begs the question whether she'll incorporate any element's of her mum's dress. Here's what made Fergie's very-'80s gown so iconic:
1. The bodice
fit like a corset.
The future duchess lost 26 pounds to fit into her dress, according to her memoir My Story. "Lindka was a genius," Fergie wrote. "I knew she could make the most flattering ever, and she had. It was amazingly boned, like a corset." Sarah Burton employed a similar tactic as well, relying on a Victorian-inspired silhouette.
2. Her family crest inspired the embroidery.
Before she joined the
3. But Fergie wanted other motifs.
“The most important thing to me was that Sarah loved it,” Cierach told People at the time. “I wanted her sense of fun to come out in the dress.” She still vetoed a few of the bride's ideas though, sidelining her requests for decorative teddy bears, lovebirds, and helicopters. (In all fairness, Fergie did get to ride with a teddy bear on the way to the honeymoon helicopter.)
4. The 17-foot train had the letter A, for Andrew
The couple's initials were hidden underneath the 20-foot long veil, with the groom's monogram in the
5. They purposefully chose different fabric from Diana's dress.
Princess Diana's 25-foot taffeta train certainly made a statement, but Cierach didn't work with the luxe textile herself for good reason. Elizabeth Emanuel told the Daily Mail that Diana's voluminous dress got crushed in the coach ride over to St. Paul's Cathedral, causing the visible wrinkles upon her arrival. Cierach went a different route: "We'd chosen duchess satin because it is the creamiest material in the world," Fergie said in My Story. "It never creases. It is smooth as glass and hangs beautifully."
6. The bouquet was actually S-shaped.
The Duchess of York requested lilies of
7. Fergie's red hair inspired her ruby ring.
For the proposal, Prince Andrew chose a Burma ruby surrounded by 10 drop diamonds, reportedly to complement his bride's auburn hair. The cluster style looks remarkably similar to their daughter Princess Eugenie's engagement ring, although her band features a pink padparadscha sapphire instead.
8. Her flower crown had a lot of hidden symbolism.
The bride first stepped into the Abbey wearing an elaborate coronet of fragrant gardenias — Andrew's
9. And the tiara underneath was brand new.
The wedding marked the debut of the York tiara, a gift from the Queen apparently purchased from Garrard. With delicate scrolls and a large, central diamond, the
10. Cierach made two identical dresses.
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton both wore different wedding dresses to their receptions, but Fergie's designer went to the trouble of replicating the same gown. The copy went to Madame Tussauds and each dress reportedly cost $45,000 at the time.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
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