As Kate Middleton and Prince William celebrate 10 years of marriage, attention was once again drawn to their Alexander McQueen / Sarah Burton wedding dress. Her ivory dress had a three-foot train, a satin bodice, and hand-cut Chantilly lace sleeves. A traditional form of lace – carrickmacross – was used in the making of the dress to represent “something old”, derived from the adage supposed to bring good luck to brides on their wedding day.
Iconic dresses have remained iconic because they took bridal design to new heights and inspired trends, and each dress, the epitome of grace and elegance, was wearable and contemporary. Royal weddings have produced many of the most memorable bridal moments – who can’t imagine Princess Diana (whose own creation will be on display at Kensington Palace this summer) or Grace Kelly in their dresses? – but just as many celebrity dresses have proven to be equally popular, from Keira Knightley’s Chanel tulle to Kate Moss’ essential John Galliano number.
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