There's nothing more glamorous than a high-profile wedding. From Queen Victoria to Amal Clooney, the stunning, stylish, and trendsetting gowns these 20 famous brides wore for their nuptials will always be remembered.
1. Jacqueline Bouvier, 1953
When the future first lady donned this style for her Cape Cod wedding to future president John F. Kennedy, she was less than thrilled. Under pressure from Rose Kennedy, Jackie agreed to the taffeta and ivory silk gown (which she referred to as "a lampshade”) even though she would have preferred something more fashion-forward. That wasn’t Jackie's only dress drama. When a pipe burst in New York City designer Ann Lowe's studio, the gown she’d been working on for eight weeks was destroyed. Lowe and her team scrambled to successfully recreate the gown in a week’s time.
2. Priscilla Presley, 1967
The 21-year-old bride wore a long-sleeved gown that she bought off-the-rack when she married Elvis in a top secret Las Vegas ceremony. “I went to places like Neiman Marcus in disguise,” Priscilla later said of dress shopping. “I went with a blonde wig and everything.” On her wedding day, however, there was no mistaking Priscilla. Atop her jet-black bouffant hair perched a three-foot tulle veil and a rhinestone tiara.
3. Natalie Wood, 1957
She was only 19 when she wed Robert Wagner in 1957. And at the Scottsdale, AZ nuptials, actress Natalie Wood wore a modern white, strapless cocktail dress with a lace hood and ballet flats.
4. Grace Kelly, 1956
Hollywood wardrobe designer Helen Rose created dresses for Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier's two ceremonies. For the first, Kelly wore a two-piece pale pink taffeta dress overlaid with champagne colored lace. The following day, she wore one of the most famous wedding gowns of all time. It was created from 300 yards of antique Belgian lace and 150 yards of tulle, silk, and taffeta with an embroidered pearl bodice.
5. Mia Farrow, 1966
Mia Farrow was a mere 21 years old when she married Frank Sinatra, 50. For their quickie Vegas nuptials (the ceremony lasted four minutes!) the actress wore a short, high-waisted neatly-bowed skirt and a cropped, three-quarter-sleeved, double-breasted jacket.
6. Yoko Ono, 1969
When John Lennon married Yoko Ono (whom the Beatle met and fell in love with while still legally wed to his wife, Cynthia) in the British territory of Gibraltar, the bride wore a tiered, crepe minidress, knee socks, plimsoll sneakers, a floppy velvet sunhat and her signature, oversized black sunglasses.
7. Kate Middleton, 2011
The Duchess of Cambridge donned a design by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen which featured an ivory satin bodice with a demure plunging neckline. The intricate lace overlay, handmade by the Royal School of Needlework, created sleeves in the style of Grace Kelly’s gown. Said to have cost over $400,000, Kate’s dress also featured 58 organza-covered buttons and a nine-foot train.
8. Lauren Bacall, 1945
It wasn’t a dress, but when Lauren Bacall married Humphrey Bogart in the hallway of Novelist Louis Bromfield’s 20-room farmhouse in Mansfield, Ohio, all eyes were on the bride. The press described the movie-star as “deeply sun-tanned” and wearing a doeskin beige skirt-suit and black leather belt.
9.Wallis Simpson, 1937
Because of the scandalous nature of their relationship, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s 1937 wedding ceremony was modest and low-key. Unlike other royal brides, Wallis wore a very simple silk crepe wedding dress designed by Mainbocher. The gown is now held
10. Princess Diana, 1981
For “the wedding of the century,” designers Elizabeth and David Emanuel went to great lengths to keep Diana’s dress top secret, even ripping up sketches to avoid them getting out. The princess’ $12,000 ivory silk taffeta gown was covered in hand-embroidered sequins and 10,000 pearls. Her train featured antique lace trim, which once belonged to Queen Mary.
11. Bianca Jagger, 1971
Pushing through the crowds of fans and press, Bianca Macias held rock god Mick Jagger’s hand as they strutted to the chapel in St. Tropez. Wearing a very low-cut, white Yves Saint Laurent Le Smoking jacket, floor-length skirt and veiled sunhat, the “It Girl” of the decade’s wedding ensemble became an instant classic.
12. Audrey Hepburn, 1954
For her wedding to Mel Ferrer in Burgenstock, Switzerland the actress paired her Pierre Balmain tea-length A-line dress—which featured a satin sash, puffy chiffon sleeves and a Peter Pan collar—with elbow-length white opera gloves. For the very small gathering, which took place at a chapel at the base of the mountain, she accessorized with a crown of white flowers in her hair.
13. Elizabeth Taylor, 1964
Of her eight weddings, number five and six were to the same man, her Cleopatra co-star Richard Burton. She first married him in Montreal, wearing a canary yellow babydoll dress created by Cleopatra costume designer Irene Sharaff. In true ‘60s fashion, the star wore flowers (hyacinths and lilies of the valley) in her hair and along with a diamond and emerald Bulgari brooch.
14. Carolyn Bessette, 1996
The press didn’t have much to report about the ultra-secretive wedding of Caroline Bessette and John F. Kennedy Jr. other than, “the bride wore Narciso Rodriguez.” (Sketch pictured.) The 40 guests were the only ones to see Ms. Bessette-Kennedy in her earl-colored silk gown, which Rodriquez (a close friend from her Calvin Klein) described as “a very sensuous dress.”
15. Brigitte Bardot, 1959
French bombshell Brigitte Bardot wore a summery pink gingham shirtwaist dress by Jacques Estere when she married fellow French actor Jacques Charrier in Louveciennes.
16. Kate Moss, 2011
Fans were clamoring to see what the British supermodel would wear when she married Kills guitarist Jamie Hince — and the result didn’t disappoint. Moss’ vintage-inspired cream gown, designed by controversial designer and close friend John Galliano, was covered in gold beaded and sequins.
17. Queen Victoria, 1840
At 18 years old, Victoria was the first reigning English queen to be married since Queen Mary, nearly 300 years earlier. To wed her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Victoria wore a white satin dress made by Mary Bettans and trimmed with hand-made Honiton lace. Twelve bridesmaids were needed to carry her massive 18-foot train. The young queen also had orange flower blossoms on her dress, as well as in her bouquet, as symbol of fertility. She went on to have nine children.
18. Rita Hayworth, 1949
In a brief, simple ceremony, Hollywood royalty Rita Hayworth married Pakistani Prince Aly Khan in Paris. Hayworth wore a “stunning ice-blue chiffon cocktail dress” when she took her vows to the prince in front of 40 guests.
19. Caroline Kennedy, 1986
The daughter of Camelot wore a princess-style gown when she married Edward Schlossberg in 1986. The long-waisted, white silk organza dress had a round neck and quarter-length, lace sleeves. The dress was made by her mother Jacqueline Kennedy’s favorite designer, Carolina Herrera.
20. Marilyn Monroe, 1956
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