#10 is one of three iconic 50’s wedding dresses to feature on the list. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy wasn’t yet an international style icon when she married on September 12, 1953, but her stunning frock by dressmaker Anne Lowe is still a statement of class, taste, and timeless embellishment that references design details seen on wedding gowns of the 1860s-1880s, while still being iconically 1950s.
#9 is a wedding dress with a difference. Mia Farrow’s suit for her July 19, 1966 marriage to Frank Sinatra was clean, modern and fun, the epitome of 60s mod and the total antithesis of the 1950s ballgown wedding dresses.
At #8 is the daughter-in-law to #10’s style icon. All eyes were on Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy when she married on September 21 1996, and her strikingly simple and sexy bias cut Narcisco Rodriguez gown was a breath of fresh air after the poofy romance of 1980s wedding dresses.
#7 is the only dress on the list that wasn’t actually worn for a wedding, but it is the dress that started the trend for tea length wedding dresses. Audrey Hepburn’s wedding dress in 1957’s Funny Face marks the apex of her collaboration with Givenchy, and is the style for which she is most known.
#6 is a slight cheat. It’s one of the earliest short wedding dresses, an innovation that scholars of Chanel and Poiret both claim wad developed by their favoured designer around 1925.
#5 is a wedding dress almost as influential as Queen Victoria’s wedding dress, that worn by her daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal. In 1857 she married Prince Frederick William of Prussia in the Chapel Royal in London. Her mother’s dress gave us a tradition for white dresses, and myrtle. Princess Victoria’s dress and wedding gave us the traditions of trained gowns and of matching bridesmaids, as well as Mendelssohn’s wedding march.
#4 on the list is another princess’s wedding dress: Grace Kelly’s sublimely modest and sublimely sumptuous 1956 dress worn for her marriage on April 19 and designed by a Hollywood costume designer, Helen Rose.
At #3, the one that started it all (white, lace, veils, bridesmaids, etc), and which I will blog about tomorrow, Queen Victoria’s Feb 10 1840 wedding dress:
Almost there, the #2 most iconic wedding dress ever, Wallis Simpson’s famous “Wallis blue” Mainboucher dress (the blue has faded because of dye instability) was sublimely chic, and sublimely proper:
And finally, #1, the most iconic wedding dress ever, Diana’s 1981 romantic extravaganza by David and Elizabeth Emanuel worn on her July 29th wedding. Like it or not, there is no denying how influential and memorable it was.