My Iconic Bride
For me, Grace Kelly was the most stunning bride of all time, in a dress from my favourite era the 1950’s.
She worked with Helen Rose (MGM’s costume designer) to create one of the most iconic wedding dresses of all time.
The dress comprised 10 elements using 25 yards of silk taffeta, 100 yards of silk net, tulle and 125 year old rose point lace.
She wore an under bodice and slip, then ruffled petticoats and smoothing petticoats with a skirt support to hold in shape the pleated silk faille outer skirt. A train was then inset. Grace then wore a silk faille cummerbund emphasising her tiny waist.
The antique lace bodice’s seams were overstitched in matching lace to make them invisible.
Grace chose to wear a Juliette cap embellished with seed pearls and orange blossoms rather than a tiara. Her circular veil used 90 yards of silk tulle and had two tiny love birds incorporated into the embroidered edges.
What I love about this dress is how it captured the serenity and majesty of the occasion in such an opulently understated way. I adore the attention to detail and the soft structure. In my own collection, I am as passionate about the importance of what is happening on the inside of my dresses as what is seen on the outside. I love how Grace was involved in the design resulting in a dress which was utterly perfect for her and the occasion.