As your wedding day approaches, one of the most exciting and important decisions you’ll make is choosing the perfect wedding dress. It’s a dress that will hold memories and be treasured forever, so why not take inspiration from style icons who have gracefully walked down the aisle (and film aisle) in unforgettable gowns? Whether you prefer a dreamy and ethereal look or something bold and daring, here are the top 5 style icons to look to for your wedding dress inspiration.
Julie Andrews is renowned for her ageless charm and poise, which make her the epitome of refined fashion. Her beautiful wedding gown showcases a traditional 50s design, featuring a delicate sheer overlay with floral embroidery and a high neckline. The gown also has a waspie waistline and a full tea-length skirt with delicate textured petals along the trim. This dress exudes a romantic aura and is perfect for a city wedding. To capture Julie’s signature style, choose a dress with simple, yet elegant lines, a full skirt, and a timeless 1950s silhouette. Emulating this look ensures an everlasting appeal that will never go out of style.
For the nontraditional bride who wants to make a statement, look no further than the effortlessly cool goddess, Gwen Stefani. Her wedding dress to musician Gavin Rossdale was a dip-dyed pink ombre masterpiece, complete with a dramatic train. It has always stayed in my mind over the years. The fusion of classic bridal elements with a burst of color and edgy style is what truly makes this dress iconic. Draw inspiration from Gwen and infuse a touch of your own personality into your wedding dress, whether it be through a unique colour choice or a bold silhouette.
My personal favorite… which still flabbergasts me when I see it, is supermodel Kate Moss getting married in a stunning vintage-inspired gown designed by John Galliano. The beautiful gown is made from silk and tulle, with a sheer overlay that is decorated with hand-embroidery (I heard it took slightly over 700 HOURS!). With its romantic train and whimsical, free-spirited vibe, this dress is an ideal choice for a vintage-inspired wedding. Take inspiration from Kate and choose a dress that has a relaxed and goddess-like feel, incorporating flowy fabrics, touches of gold, intricate couture details, and a touch of vintage charm. To complete the look, go for loose, natural hair and minimal makeup, allowing the dress to take center stage. This dress perfectly embodies Kate’s effortless and iconic style, serving as a true inspiration for brides in search of a unique and bohemian wedding dress.
When I think of 60s fashion, I immediately envision bold prints, vibrant colours, babydoll dresses, kohl eyes, voluminous hair and dropped waists. Priscilla’s wedding gown is undoubtedly an iconic silhouette from that era.
What I find really interesting is that this dress was purchased at a department store, which is probably unexpected for such a famous couple! Yet, with its striking outline and delicate lace sleeves adorned with intricate bead detailing, it perfectly captures the essence of simplicity.
Thanks to the influential woman who wore it, this dress has to be iconic dress for that era. In fact, it’s the entire look for me that truly makes it iconic, with the dramatic 60s makeup, the voluminous hair, and the extraordinarily pouffy veil that adds to the carefree rock ‘n’ roll queen vibe. I have to say, it’s pretty darn cool
Princess Grace Kelly
While she may not be the royal you were expecting, I couldn’t possibly compile a list of style icons without giving proper recognition to Princess Grace Kelly, her gown epitomised elegance and craftsmanship.
Her breathtaking wedding gown is a true work of art designed by the talented Helen Rose and her team. For me this dress truly captured the essence of a fairytale. It boasted a high-neckline made of intricate Brussels lace and delicately hand-stitched pearl beads. With its lace sleeves and a full skirt cinched with a wide Cumbernauld belt, it exuded a timeless and sophisticated aura.
To achieve your own regal and unforgettable look on your special day, consider following Grace’s footsteps by choosing a luxury dress embellished with elegant lace details, voluminous skirt and finished with a beautiful Juliet cap.