There are few things more breath-taking than a bride in a beautiful wedding gown. Some designs, however, are copied again and again. From modest to chic, here are some of our favorite wedding dresses from the women we looked up to.
There are few things more breath-taking than a bride in a beautiful wedding gown. Some designs, however, are copied again and again. These classic dresses embody the spirit of the era and represent the elegant women who wore them. The women wearing these dresses married legendary men and they have remained fashion icons for decades. From modest to chic, here are some of our favorite wedding dresses from the women we looked up to.
6) Prescilla Presley
She was flawless, but with a very modern feel. Her style has been copied a million times and her long hair and nails accentuated everything she wore. Her wedding dress the day she married Elvis Presley was a long, sparkling shift dress. It was so modern and glamorous, yet was very modest. Her long train and veil added to the appeal of this distinctly 1967 dress. You can watch her feed him a bite of cake below!
5) Gloria Vanderbilt
Only 17 years old when she married Pat DiCicco in 1941, her fresh face and determination to move on from the “poor little rich girl” persona made her a hit with the press. Her dress captures the originality and elegance of 1940s fashion. The rouched, sweetheart neckline in satin, combined with the cap sleeves and pleated details, made her look enchanting in a chic way. Check out the newsreel about her below.
4) Grace Kelly
Copied on a daily basis, Grace Kelly’s wedding dress when she married Price Rainier in 1954 is still a standard for brides everywhere. Her rise to become a princess was well-documented at the time and there are very few of us upon which this amazing dress didn’t make an impression. While most royal wedding gowns are very conservative, her dress was modest and classic without being the tiniest bit dowdy. The New Look shape, lace inset, and fabric buttons kept the look fresh. But, the long sleeves and high collar kept it modest enough even for a royal ceremony. Kelly’s wedding gown, with its yards upon yards of silk and lace, was made by MGM as a wedding present for her and she later donated it to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Watch the original newsreel below!
3) Jackie Kennedy
Off the shoulder with a full skirt and plenty of ruffles, her dress when she married John F. Kennedy in 1953 was a nod to traditional debutante dresses. She reportedly hated the dress, but had been pressured to wear something more befitting a debutante by family members. The dress used 50 yards of taffeta and she said it looked like a lampshade! Known for her sleek style, Jackie had wanted to wear something more modern and paired down. We think she would have looked beautiful in any kind of dress, because her poise and composure were simply unstoppable.
2) Lady Diana
The historic wedding with the historic dress, Diana Spencer’s wedding to Prince Charles in 1981 is still talked about! Her magical dress was a confection of ruffles and lace. She cast a very traditional silhouette with her puff sleeves. From the carriage and on the balcony, her friendly waves and shy glances matched the sweetness of her gown. You can watch the wedding day from every angle in the video below.
1) Marilyn Monroe
Her wedding to Arthur Miller in 1956 was in some ways simpler than many weddings of the time and her dress reflected a longing for simplicity in her life. The wide scoop neck and gathered bust were undoubtedly sexy. The dress had a sleek skirt and the veil was fairly short. We’ve heard that she dyed the veil with coffee to match the dress! While not losing any sex appeal, she put her own spin on what has always been a very formal kind of dress. She was one-of-a-kind and managed to stand out no matter what she did! You can see more of there dress in the video below.