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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Princesses, lace, ivory and Vivienne Westwood

To celebrate Valentines Day tomorrow, I thought it would be nice to be all romantic and post about wedding dresses. Iconic ones, obviously though!

This ivory silk taffetta wedding dress was the creation of Ann Lowe, an African American dress maker. This dress featured a portrait neckline, bouffant skirt decorated with interwoven bands of tucking and tiny wax flowers. The bride wore her grandmother’s heirloom rosepoint lace veil, attached to her hair with a small tiara of lace and traditional orange blossoms. This arisocratic dress and grand wedding made for the beginnings of an iconic couple and Jackie as a style icon.

Both Brigitte and Bianca chose non - traditional wedding dresses. Brigitte's famous pink gingham dress made gingham the lastest in fashionable fabrics and not something just for the picnic cloth. Meanwhile Bianca's iconic white suit, which she wore on her wedding day to Mick Jagger, was her defining fashion moment.



Two of Hollywood's greatest icons stepped out in style on their wedding days. Marilyn wore this chic ouftit to her 1954 registry office wedding to Joe Dimaggio. The white flounce of the sleeves and collar added a girlish feminemity. Audrey wore a youthful 60s mini dress on her 1969 wedding day. Audrey proved style iocn status in this playful yet incredibley elegant and fashonable dress. The funnel neck, flute sleeves and a headscarf instead of a tradional veil made for a truely unique wedding day ensemble.


Dita looked incredibly gothic in this sensational Vivienne Westwood gown. This huge royal purple, silk taffetta creation was worn with a theatrical tricorn hat. Gwen also showed that wedding dresses aren't all about white lace in this memorable John Galliano gown. Gwen wore an antique veil with this deep - pink to soft rose blush to ivory white fading dress, making it no doubt iconic.

Grace Kelly looked the epitomy of elegance and beauty on her wedding day. The flowing train, full skirt and oriental - esque jacket made for a truly unfrogettable gown that continues to inspire designers to this day. And besides no one does beauty better then a princess.

I know, I know we haven't even seen the film yet but we have sure as hell seen this dress! You could not read a blog nor open a magazine last autumn without seeing Carrie's Vivienne Westwood wedding dress. The sumptuous cream layers and the feathered hair piece create a wonderfully avant garde and wonderfully 'Carrie' wedding ensemble. The biggest 'celeb' wedding in recent memory was definitely the TomKat extravaganza. Katie was elegant in this graceful Armani gown. The lace and sparkle detailing meant for a timeless, gorgeously romantic wedding dress.

Diana's wedding dress was also featured on my In celebration of the Iconic Dress post, the fact that it made both lists proves it's level of iconicness. This enormous Elizabeth Emanuel wedding dress of cream and ivory taffetta was the last word in extravagance. The Layers, puff sleeves, the flowing veil and lace detailing inspired a decade of wedding dresses. As Vera Wang said "Diana's dress was amazing because it stood for so much: for her youth, who they were and the life she was marrying into."

27 comments:

jayne said...

wow kat! fantastic post! probably the most unique valentine's day post i've seen so far (it really puts mine to shame haha)

i never knew audrey's dress was like that, very cute, very original, gotta love her :)

jackie o's- wow, beyond brilliant! it may just be my favorite out of all of these!

and gotta admire dita for the courageousness of that dress

i hate to point it out, but except for katie and gwen, almost all of these marriages failed haha

personally my recent favorites have been alicia silverstone's stimple dress with an olive green sash around the waist, lily costner's gorgeous ivory silk with almost 3D flowers, and julia robert's dress in runaway bride :)

discothequechic said...

I love women who wear unconventional outfits for their weddings. But Gwen's dress always sticks in my mind too, but I think that had something to do with the goofy smile she had stuck to her face in all the snaps; well, if you can't on your wedding day, when can you?

Elisabeth said...

The purple of Dita's dress is to die for. Maybe not first choice for a wedding dress, but gorgeous nonetheless!

Thanks for a suitably girly, romantic post!

coco said...

I love Gwens dress, I remember she got married at the height of me loving her and I thought it was THE most amazing thing ever!

emsie said...

stunning stunning dresses
amazing

x

The Clothes Horse said...

I think it's interesting how the white wedding dress is a modern, western tradition, it makes me want to be more daring like Dita or Gwen if the day ever comes along for me...

Isa said...

this comes from a girl who thinks about wedding, well at least the dress and shoes for the occasion, more often than she would ever admit. especially in front of her boyfriend!

I love audrey´s, such a special choice and of course I can´t wait to see carrie possibly getting married!

xx, isa

Poppycock Thoughts Blogger said...

Nice long post! Wow. Cool blog.

Aisha said...

What a great idea for a valentine's post a

Audrey's dress is gorgeous and very diferent from what we're used to see, so I'll say she's my favourite.

Allure said...

Wow! Great collection of dresses. Audrey is my favourite.

LML said...

ahh what a lovely post! awesome choices and i havent even really seen any of these wedding pictures of theirs before either. i am in love with audreys :) of course. and i love gwen stefani's as well, i have always remembered it - the pink dying is divine!

hope u had a great valentines day!

Aretha said...

How beatiful is Grace Kelly's dress! Love it, but I think I would definitely wear something more hippie chic, very original and fun!
Thanks for all your commments on my blog, I really love yours too, is so retro and amazing

Ana said...

great post.
i love that Audrey wore that simple little dress and headscarf, staying true to her person style.

MR style said...

brigitte bardot is so fantastic !! even today old and wrinkled she still looks fabulous

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Molly ;) said...

I loved Gwens dress :)
She looked gorgeous- although i'm not that keen on her.
:) x

cotton candy said...

oh wow. what a short and sweet wedding dress for audrey. it's so cute.

molly said...

fantastic post!
i love especially bianca jaggers (though maybe its just because im sooo jealous about her marrying the love of my life mick)

The New Look said...

Dita's and Diana's gowns are fantastic.

The Stiletto Effect said...

What a great idea for a post!!! :)
I'm not very romantic and I don't imagine myself wearing a huge princess wedding dress! But at the same time I like to see these kind of dresses in other girls/women.
For myself I imagine something more sexy (lol), modern and simple!
One celebrity wedding dress I remember and that I enjoyed very much was the one of the late Caroline Besset! Very feminine, beautiful but simple at the same time!
Love
Su

alexgirl said...

Fantastic! I looooove Carrie's dress.

Ediot said...

such memories. and such icons. good post!

Bojana said...

Wow, beautiful pictures!!! Dita Von Teese looks like she came out of a painting, I love that

Kira Fashion said...

great couple!

a kiss

keep in touch!

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its so grea to look to the pat for information

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