Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal History of Wedding Dresses!

Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon
A sketch of her wedding dress made of ivory chiffon moiré by Handley-Seymour. Its slim, straight lines and bands of silver lamé embroidered with seed pearls suggesting a medieval Italian robe. June 15th, 1923

Duchess of Windsor

The Duchess wears a tulle-and-feather hat and a gray-blue wedding dress, which was designed by Mainbocher to mimic the fluted lines of a Chinese statue of an early century.
Photo: Cecil Beaton, Vogue, July 1937

Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II)

Trainbearers arrange the veil of Princess Elizabeth’s dress. Designed by royal dressmaker Norman Hartnell, the gown of ivory satin was starred with Botticelli-like delicacy. November 20, 1947. Photo: Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images

Princess Margaret
Princess Margaret, wearing a dress by Norman Hartnell, with Antony Armstrong-Jones at their wedding on May 6, 1960.

Princess Diana

The gown that Princess Diana wore in her July, 1981 wedding is one of the most well-known and widely viewed. Designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, this elegant dress features a 25-foot train and is crafted from antique lace, ivory silk taffeta, and over ten thousand pearls and sequins. The fabric for the gown is hand-woven and the lace is sewn with gold thread.

Catherine Middleton


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