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Today’s post is a comprehensive overview of seven historic royal wedding dresses, it also includes tips for those seeking to emulate the look. It provides a detailed look at the materials and fabrics used in creating each gown and offers valuable guidance on how to incorporate these styles into modern wedding fashion. From Princess Diana’s iconic dress to Meghan Markle’s understated elegance, this post is an essential resource for anyone interested in royal wedding fashion. So, if you’re looking to add some regal flair to your own wedding attire, be sure to check it out!
From Princess Diana’s iconic dress to Meghan Markle’s understated elegance, this post is an essential resource for anyone interested in royal wedding fashion. So, if you’re looking to add some regal flair to your own wedding attire, be sure to check it out!
Sarah Fergusson wore an Ivory Duchess Satin Silk gown for her big day to Prince Andrew. The dress was typical 80’s fashion and was inspired by what is seen as the most famous wedding dress of all time, Princess Diana’s wedding dress. The gown had large puffy three quarter length sleeves and a 17 foot train! The dress was heavily beaded including the initials A & S sewn in silver beads on the train.
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Margaret was definitely a fashionista and her wedding dress did not disappoint. As it was the first Royal wedding to be televised, there was a lot of pressure to wear the perfect dress. Margaret wanted her dress to be very unfussy so not to take away from her beautiful frame. The dress consisted of long sleeves with a voluminous skirt and a small train. The skirt alone consisted of 30 metres of fabric. The dress was mostly made of organza silk.
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When Princess Anne married Mark Phillips on her brother’s 25th birthday she chose a dress which was very much keeping with fashion at the time. The dress had a Tudor style high neck, pin-tucked bodice, trumpet sleeves and a 7 foot train. The dress was made of white silk with pearls woven into the dress in silver thread.
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Meghan kept her wedding dress very simple. There were no embellishments or lace, this created a timeless piece. The dress was made from a double bonded silk cady which the designer helped create. It was chosen due to its sculptural properties. The train was 16.5 feet and made from silk tulle with flowers hand embroidered representing all 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
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The future Duchess of Cambridge wanted to combine the traditional with the more modern for her wedding dress. The stunning dress was made of a satin gazar with lace appliqued onto tulle. The lace applique was handmade by the Royal School of Needlework. All of the fabrics with the exception of the french chantilly lace, were sourced by UK companies. The train was nearly 9 feet long, which is quite short by royal standards.
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The most famous wedding dress of all. The dress was designed knowing that it would have to go down as one of the most dramatic dresses in history. The dress was made of silk taffeta with a crinalin petticoat. The train was a humongous 25 feet which accounted for the creases in the dress (it has to be squeezed into the glass coach). The dress was adorned with pearls and sequins and was hand embroidered. The dress was chosen as one of the “Most Influential British Royal Wedding Dresses of All Time” by Time magazine in 2018.
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Our Queen’s dress was actually paid for with ration coupons due to the recent second world war. Many women from all over the country posted their own coupons for the Queen to use, she of course returned them all along with thank you notes. The dress was made from Ivory Silk Satin and was embellished with crystals and 10,000 seed pearls. It was embroidered with motifs of scattered flowers as was the silk tulle veil. The neckline was heart shaped, the sleeves full length, and it had a magnificent 15 foot train. It took a team of 350 to make this amazing gown.
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