Throughout history wedding dresses have been the most coveted accessory in all weddings. The groom may be handsome and the flowers will smell lovely, but the dress is what steals the show. Bystanders and fans anticipate, discuss, and speculate months prior to the actual wedding. Once seen, designer dresses can cause style trends in the general public for years to come.
Ask any woman and I bet they can name their favorite wedding dresses. The most famous have always belonged to the rich and famous and usually – royalty. The list of famous royal dresses is long and they have shown a timelessness and fashion rarely seen elsewhere. Some of the most famous royal wedding dresses set fashion trends that have never left. The most famous of these dresses have been worn by:
- Queen Victoria – In 1840 Queen Victoria wore a white wedding dress cementing it as the traditional wedding color to this very day.
- Queen Elizabeth II – This famous dress was adorned with over 10,000 imported white pearls, silver thread, and embroidery.
- Diana, Princess of Wales – Diana single handedly brought back the trend of long trains, as hers measured a staggering 25 feet.
- The Duchess of Cambridge – Kate wore a dress from a current popular designer, Sarah Dutton. The design was modest, yet beautiful, and featured full lace sleeves with a plunging neckline.
While not actual royalty, these women might as well have been to the American public. They exuded a beauty and style that has captivated those in North America and abroad since the 1950’s. To this day many of their dresses are still replicated. With their iconic effortless style they have withstood the test of time. Some of the more famous dresses of all time have belonged to classic beauties, such as, Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn.
In more recent years, popular culture and film celebrities have been making a splash with some of their dresses. It has become trendy to do something a little more daring and cutting edge, and the trend has caught on. With styles like those worn by Gwen Steffani, with her gowns bright pink gradiation, and Kim Kardashian’s dress with the lace cutout sides, younger women have felt empowered to branch out into less classic styles for their very own gowns. However, there will always be those that stand by the more classic styles but embellish them with their own twist. It is not uncommon to add impressive details, including Swarovski crystals and intricate embroidery. Dresses like those worn by Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, and Olympic swimmer turned Her Serene High Princess Charlene of Monaco.
When looking at all of the gowns and dresses that have become iconic it is clear that they all have several points in common. Yet their most significant overlapping quality is that, while they are timeless, elegant, and beautiful, they are also uniquely perfect for the woman that wore the dress.