A Grace Kelly wedding dress will never go out of style
Amidst the layers and layers of lace, and the endless racks of bridal gowns, is one, which can only be described as being a celebrity onto itself. Yes, a bridal gown which has it’s own title on popular online encyclopedias, and is constantly touted as being “the” gown to wear, is definitely worthy of a lengthy and dedicated description. The gown in question has been worn by the beautiful actress and late Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, and is truly, a work of art.
The gown was designed in 1956 by Helen Rose, a costume designer who worked with the wardrobe department of MGM [Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer] and was gifted to Kelly by the studio for her wedding. Materials for the gown are said to include "twenty-five yards of silk taffeta, one hundred yards of silk net, peau de soie, tulle and 125-year-old Brussels rose point lace."
With a high-waist, full-skirted silhouette and a dramatic long train, the dress screams drama and elegance in the same breath. Waist up, the face and head are delicately adorned with the sheerest of veils, and held in place with a dramatic diamond tiara. The tiara is very important during Royal weddings, as is evident by both Kelly’s attire as well as the more recent HRH Duchess of Cambridge’s attire. Kelly’s handcrafted Juliet cap was embellished with orange blossoms, seed pearls and other precious stones, while the Duchess of Cambridge chose to stick to the age-old bridal tradition of the bride having to wear “something borrowed” by wearing a vintage 1936 “Halo” tiara from Cartier, which was on loan from the Queen.
To add to the breathtaking effect of this gorgeous wedding gown, the bride, Kelly, is said to have ensured that her styling team maintained the theme while organizing her hair and make up. Being a Royal wedding, there was no room for non-traditional efforts, and no scope for experimental styling. The completed effect saw Kelly walking gown the aisle in her lace, silk taffeta, and tulle bridal gown, with its fitted bodice and skirt, perfectly complemented by a Bible with the exact lace cover as her dress, and completed with a bouquet of Lilies of the Valley flowers. The estimated cost of the dress is said to be in the range of $7266; consider how expensive it would be 50 years onward with the same quality of materials used!
While many efforts have been made by brides to emulate the delicate lace work and elegance of Kelly’s bridal dress, they have all been in vain. The quality and availability of the materials used has since depreciated due to a general preference for mass-manufactured lace, which is cheaper, more durable, and also more easily available. Some dresses have created their own unique stamp in fashion history, and this iconic bridal dress truly is a masterpiece in itself. It will continue to represent the epitome of classic, evergreen bridal fashion which, like Kelly’s inimitable charm and grace, will never be fully or indeed, successfully emulated.
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