Over the years we have continued to obsess over the flurry of celebrity wedding dresses popping up in the media. From Princess Diana’s extravagant dress with its 25ft train (the longest in Royal Wedding history) to Victoria Beckham’s Champagne-coloured Vera Wang gown featuring a strapless bodice and voluminous skirt, we just can’t get enough. In the past wedding dresses tended to reflect the times, from Queen Elizabeth’s post-war wedding gown to Bianca Jagger being the epitome of the 70’s style marrying Mick Jagger in a white blazer suit.
When it comes to twenty-first-century brides, we’ve watched as Kate Moss ushered in a new kind of Bohemian bridal spirit, Portia de Rossi made blush for bridal a mainstay, Solange Knowles introduced us to the bridal jumpsuit, and the new wave of royals inspired the newly betrothed across the world. There were the brides who bucked tradition in their own ways, like Zoe Kravitz, Hailey Baldwin Bieber, and Chiara Ferragni, who have blurred the lines between the runway and the aisle.
Going against the bridal status quo isn’t a prerequisite to being remembered, but it’s the most traditional and alternative bridal looks that are typically the most unforgettable. From Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe to Beyoncé, Amal Clooney, and all the celebrities, artists, and royals in between, there is an abundance of outstandingly beautiful wedding dresses that have made their mark on history and on fashion. Timeless, elegant, and traditional versus modern, romantic and contemporary?
We have compiled a list of 10 of our most favoured iconic celebrity wedding dresses throughout the last century, featuring some of the world’s most luxury bespoke designer gowns. Which would be your style?
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1: Kate Middleton – Duchess of Cambridge
The Wedding – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge famously tied the knot at Westminster Abbey on 29th April 2011.
The Dress – The bride wore an ivory white satin gazar dress featuring long sleeves and a bodice covered in couture lace by Alexander McQueen’s creative director Sarah Burton. The dress was worn with a veil made from layers of ivory tulle and the Cartier Halo Tiara, which was borrowed from Queen Elizabeth.
The Wedding: Beyoncé married her now-husband Jay-Z at the couple’s Manhattan home in April 2008. The space was completely transformed, and featured orchids flown all the way from Thailand!
The Dress: Tina Lawson, Beyoncé’s Mother designed the dress! The bride wore a strapless sweetheart-neckline white taffeta gown with a trailing vail pinned into a bun hairstyle. The look was finished with some simple pearl earrings and a blue manicure – the name the couple chose for their firstborn in 2012.
3: Hailey Bieber
The Wedding: Hailey Baldwin married Justin Bieber in September 2019. The celebration took place over several days at Montage Palmetto Bluff, 15 miles North of Savannah.
The Dress: Hailey dazzled us all with a floor-length gown designed by Virgil Abloh, the CEO of Off-White, including a veil embroidered with “till death do us part”. The gown featured an off-the-shoulder, lace-embroidered body with a plunging back and long sleeves that extended over her hands. Hailey told Vogue “I didn’t want somebody who was a wedding dress designer. I just feel like my style and my street style is such a part of who I am”.
4: Keira Knightley
The Wedding: Keira Knightley married musician James Righton in May 2013. They had a low-key ceremony of just 11 guests at the town hall in Mazan in the South of France. The reception was later held at Keira’s Mum’s home where a few more joined.
The Dress: Knightley went simple and dressed in a Chanel minidress that she has worn previously, and sunglasses. She had her hair loose and accessorised with a delicate flower garland. The jacket had been designed for the bride by Karl Lagerfeld. Following the wedding, Keira said “I’d worn the dress lots. It was my something old. And I liked not making a big deal about it. I just wanted to be in something I had had a great time in, something I would have a great time in again.”
5: Kate Moss
The Wedding: Kate Moss married Jamie Hince in July 2011 at St Peter’s parish church Southrop, a Cotswalds village in the English County of Gloucestershire.
The Dress: The bride wore a custom-made gown by John Galliano. This was later exhibited in the Victoria & Albert museum in 2014 as part of its exhibition of wedding dresses. Kate said she had wanted “a classic Galliano, those chiffon ’30s kind. I’ve lived in his dresses for years, and they just make me feel so comfortable. But it’s so much more couture, couture, couture. Oh, my God, the work that’s going into the dress!” Galliano announced “She dared me to be John Galliano again. I couldn’t pick up a pencil. It’s been my creative rehab.”
She amazed us all with the vintage-inspired wedding gown- a sheer slip dress, bias cut in silk, the bodice had a sheer overlay embroidered with gold sequins, while the skirt was an intricate web of gold beading, embroidery and rhinestones. The detail and craftsmanship were simply magnificent.
6: Katie Holmes
The Wedding: Katie Holmes married Tom cruise in November 2006 in Bracciano, Italy, in the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle, a celebration that reportedly cost them upwards of $3 million.
The Dress: The bride looked fabulous in an off-the-shoulder silk and lace design gown by Giorgio Armani, adorned with Swarovski crystals. The crystals alone took 350 hours to place as reported by People magazine.
7: Bianca Jagger
The Wedding: A throwback to May 1971 when Bianca married Mick Jagger in St.Tropez.
The Dress: Bianca opted for a non-traditional wedding suit. The bride donned a white skirt suit tailor-made by Yves Saint Laurent. What people didn’t realise at the time was that Mrs Jagger was actually four months pregnant with their daughter Jade, Jagger’s bespoke ivory column skirt was a comfortable choice. The bias-cut skirt was topped with Yves Saint Laurent’s now-classic Le Smoking jacket, which had debuted only four years earlier on the catwalk, sending ripples of controversy across the fashion industry. She kept the Riviera sunshine off with a wide-brimmed hat.
8: Queen Elizabeth II
The Wedding: Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey in 1947. She was just 21 at the time.
The Dress: Her Majesty famously saved up ration cards to purchase the material needed to make her dress. The gown was made of ivory duchess satin and decorated with 10,000 imported white pearls, silver thread and tulle embroidery. She completed the look with a 15-foot patterned full court train attached at the shoulders, and a silk tulle veil held in place with the Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara. The accessory was made for the Queen Mother in 1936 by Cartier. The headpiece has 149 baguette-cut diamonds and 739 brilliant-cut diamonds. Its estimated worth is between £750,000 – £1,250,000 ($960,000 to $1.6 million)!
9: Karlie Kloss
The Wedding: Kloss married her fiancé Josh Kushner in front of 80 guests at a ceremony in upstate New York on October 18 2018, and the bride later shared touching glimpses of her big day with her 8 million-plus Instagram followers. The couple later went on to have a second celebration eight months after the intimate ceremony. They threw a star-studded party in Wyoming to celebrate their nuptials.
The Dress: The bride wore a custom made Dior dress designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, featuring delicate sleeves and rouleaux buttons sewn down the back of the dress. She also donned a statement-making veil, while Kushner wore a black tux.
10: Anne Hathaway
The Wedding: Anne Hathaway married Adam Shulman in 2012, in an outdoor sunset ceremony in Big Sur, California. An estimated 150 guests attended the nuptials, which started on a Friday night with a rehearsal dinner at the luxurious Ventana Inn and Spa. The wedding itself took place on a nearby private estate.
The Dress: The actress wore a custom-made Valentino bridal gown. The off-the-shoulder bridal gown featured intricate lace and embroidery and was paired with a dramatic full-length veil and vintage-inspired headpiece. Valentino Garavani described Hathaway as “like my daughter”.