Iconic Brides in History

So many celebrity and royal weddings are in the spotlight these days. Some good, some not so good! But there are certain famous brides throughout history who are considered iconic, brides who genuinely have influenced bridal fashion and style. At Vintage Styler, we love looking at bridal fashion over the decades, so here is our choices of our top 10. We realise we will have missed MANY iconic brides, so feel free to add yours by leaving us a comment! 10. Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy - 1996 Carolyn Bessette married John F Kennedy Jr in September 1996 in a stunningly simple Narcisco Rodriguez sheath gown. An unusual style of the era which set the tone for elegant and understated bridal style. image source 9. Marilyn Monroe 1954 Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio in 1954, wearing a dark brown pencil skirt suit. Marilyn was idolised throughout her career for her style and image, and her alternative bridal outfit was no exception.  Image Source 8. Audrey Hepburn 1969 Audrey Hepburn married for the second time in 1969, in a mini dress with matching headscarf, a significant style of the 60's. Many brides today still take inspiration from the short style dress. Image source 7. Bianca Jagger 1971 This iconic bride wore a sexy white suit with nothing underneath the jacket, and influenced a trend for bridal hats. A pregnant Bianca married Mick Jagger in 1971 in St Tropez. Image Source 6. Queen Elizabeth II. 1947 The future Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Phillip in November 1947 in an embroidered, duchess satin dress designed by Norman Hartnell.  Princess Elizabeth used ration coupons to buy the material. We think the shape of Queen Elizabeth's dress is timeless and still looks beautiful to this day. We love the tiara and the elegant double strand necklace Image Source 5. Elizabeth Taylor - 1950 So Elizabeth Taylor may have been married a few times....but our favourite is this gorgeous satin, off the shoulder number from her first wedding to Conrad Hilton in 1950 finished with a gorgeous flowing veil. 4. Jacqueline Kennedy - 1952 We simply adore the dress and veil worn by Jacqueline Kennedy when she married John F Kennedy in 1952. The ivory silk taffeta off the shoulder gown was finished with a stunning juliet cap veil which had belonged to her grandmother and wrist length gloves. It is said that the bride was not happy with her dress after the big day....we think it's a beautiful and timeless look, and definitely one of our favourites! 3. Kate Middleton - 2011 image source Image Source 2 An estimated 2 billion people worldwide tuned in to watch Kate Middleton marry prince William last year, and if you were like me, it was mainly to see who had designed the dress and what it would be like! And it didn't disappoint, a perfect balance of regal and timeless style for the future queen. Designed by Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton, the dress was a beautiful silk gown with full length lace sleeves and a high collar with a plunging V neck. Although Kate is a more recent iconic bride, we have already seen designers taking influence from the lace accents, long sleeves, and brides have been adding belts to their dresses to change it for the evening reception. Kate is said to have been influenced by another iconic bride, which brings us onto number 2..... 2. Grace Kelly - 1956 Film star Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in April 1956, wearing this iconic antique lace and taffeta gown, and cathedral length veil covered in lace appliques and seed pearls. Designed by the wardrobe designer at MGM, it is a timeless and elegant design which has influenced so many brides throughout the decades. 1. Princess Diana - 1981 Everybody knows exactly what Princess Diana's wedding dress was like, it is instantly recognizable, so it's no suprise why we've chosen Princess Diana as our all time favourite iconic bride. Although maybe not to the taste of brides today...(puffed sleeves anyone?)...of it's time Diana's dress was a dramatic, statement gown designed to go down in history. Just as with William and Kate more recently, the world stopped to watch Diana marry Charles in 1981. Already known for her sense of style and fashion, Diana's bridal look set the tone for dress styles for the rest of the 80s! She truly was in more ways than one, a fairytale Princess bride. image source The dress itself, designed by Elizabeth Emanuel, featured a record breaking 25 foot silk train, 10,000 pearls and antique lace which had belonged to Queen Mary as her 'something old'. The windows to the Emanuel's shop were covered with blinds right up until the big day so as to keep it a complete secret. Like it or not, Diana's dress was iconic! Let us know your favourite! If we have missed someone you think was iconic please let us know! x

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