You've might have been glued to Jenna Coleman portraying Queen Victoria in the current ITV drama like me, or maybe distracted by the rather dashing Prince Albert, played by Tom Hughes.
We talk about traditional wedding dresses, meaning long, white, lace etc... but it was Queen Victoria who started this trend when she decided to wear a white dress, and it's a tradition which has stuck ever since. It got me thinking about iconic wedding dresses over the years when her wedding was shown on last weeks episode, and I just wanted to share a few of my favourites.
Franz Xaver Winterhalter's 1847 portrait shows Queen Victoria's beautiful white lace dress that started the trend for white.
It would be impossible to write a blog about iconic wedding dresses without mention of Princess Diana's dress when she married Prince Charles in 1981. I was only young when they got married but I can remember the fuss over her dress, and every bride I saw for about a decade after had an enormous dress, and their poor bridesmaids to match!
I saw a documentary recently with the Emanuel's talking about when they made the dress, and the vast amounts of fabric, and unbelievable measures they had to go to, to keep the design of the dress a secret.
While talking about royal weddings I have to also mention Kate Middleton and Wallis Simpson.
Kate's dress, although not groundbreaking in terms of bridal fashion, and thought to be inspired by Grace Kelly's wedding dress from her wedding to to Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956, has still had a massive impact on wedding dresses over the last few years. It's beautiful combination of lace, stunning silhouette and neckline, and it's long lace sleeves have been a big influence on many brides choice of dress since their 2011 wedding.
Wallis Simpson's more low key dress is beautiful for it's simplicity and understated use of colour, for her rather less opulent marriage to Edward, Duke of Windsor in 1937.
Other Iconic dresses of the 20th century that stand out to me, and I think deserve recognition are Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy designed wedding dress in the 1957 film Funny Face. Mia Farrow's skirt suit which she wore to her 1966 marriage to Frank Sinatra and one of my personal favourites, Cilla Black's mini dress and feather boa she wore when she married her husband Bobby Willis in 1969.