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100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses

100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Dresses are often the hot topic when it comes to weddings, especially when that wedding is a Royal affair. Royal wedding dresses certainly have the ability to capture a nation by inspiring style movements through designs that echo both the occasion and the era in which they were crafted. From Grace Kelly to Kate Middleton, the last century has brought us some unforgettable regal brides, many of whom have become style icons. We take a look back at some of the most memorable royal wedding dresses of the last 100 years with illustrations by Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Dresses are often the hot topic when it comes to weddings, especially when that wedding is a Royal affair. Royal wedding dresses certainly have the ability to capture a nation by inspiring style movements through designs that echo both the occasion and the era in which they were crafted. From Grace Kelly to Kate Middleton, the last century has brought us some unforgettable regal brides, many of whom have become style icons. We take a look back at some of the most memorable royal wedding dresses of the last 100 years with illustrations by Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1923 Elizabeth I of the UK wedding dress illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1923 Elizabeth I of the UK wedding dress wedding dress was made of ivory chiffon moiré by Handley-Seymour. It's slim, straight lines and bands of silver lamé embroidered with seed pearls suggesting a medieval Italian robe.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1935 Princess Ingrid of Denmark wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Vintage silk crepe gown with a long train with a daisy pin, that her daughter wore at her wedding.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1937 Juliana of the Netherlands wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1937 Juliana of the Netherlands wedding gown looked to be a draped silk crepe wedding gown.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1947 Queen Elizabeth II of the UK wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Given the rationing of clothing at the time, Queen Elizabeth II still had to purchase the material using ration coupons. The dress was designed by Norman Hartnell.The dress was made of soft white satin, with a high neckline, tailored bodice and a short train. The dress, without straps and with long sleeves, provided a "fit and flare silhouette".
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1956 Princess Grace of Monaco wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Princess Grace of Monaco Rainier of Monaco in 1956. Kelly wore a gown by MGM costumer Helen Rose, who had dressed her for her films High Society and The Swan.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1959 Paola of Belgium wedding dress illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1959 Paola of Belgium wedding dress was made of specially woven heavy satin. The dress features a 5 meter long train and a bow at the waist accented with a small brooch. The standout feature is her veil, a family heirloom first worn by her Belgian grandmother and made, so fittingly, of wonderful Brussels lace.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1960 Fabiola of Belgium wedding dress illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Fabiola chose a fellow Spaniard to design her wedding gown: Cristóbal Balenciaga. The design, in theory, was simple: just white silk, tulle, and fur. But the overall effect was regally over the top. The dress features a high neckline and three-quarter length sleeves with a drop waist and a full skirt. The neckline is trimmed in ermine, which extends back to border about 22 feet long train. The skirt is also trimmed in ermine. She accessorized with white silk gloves and the Nine Provinces Tiara to anchor the tulle veil in place. The tiara had been a gift to Baudouin's mother, Astrid, from the Belgian people.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Sofia of Spain wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Sofia of Spain wore a silk, satin and lace veiled gown designed by Jean Dessès Haute Couture with a very long train.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1966 Beatrix of the Netherlands wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Beatrix of the Netherlands wedding gown was made by Caroline Bergé-Farwick of Maison Linette, a couturier to the Dutch royal family, but the design ideas came from the bride. The outcome was a high neckline gown with three-quarter sleeves and a slim skirt underneath the train, which begins as a split skirt from the waist and extends back. The dress features a subtle pattern mimicking the swirled design of her tiara, made by creating a velvet effect on the satin. The pattern runs on the lower skirt as well as down the sides of the split top skirt and onto the train.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1967 Margrethe of Denmark wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Margrethe of Denmark wedding gown had asilk dress featured a flared skirt, long sleeves and a square neckline. In the center of the lace, she pinned a special family brooch. The diamond daisy brooch was commissioned by Ingrid's father from diamonds belonging to Crown Princess Margaret, and was a wedding gift for Ingrid (she wore it on her wedding day too). "Daisy" is the affectionate family nickname of both Crown Princess Margaret and Queen Margrethe herself, making it an extra precious symbol. She also carried daisies in her bouquet that day, and had them placed in her bridesmaids' hair.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1986 Sonja of Norway wedding dress illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Believe it or not Queen Sonja of Norway's wedding dress actually came from an upscale Norwegian department store!
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1973 Anne of the UK wedding dress illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Anne of the UK wedding dress was an embroidered "Tudor-style" wedding dress with a high collar and "medieval sleeves". The train was embroidered by Lock's Embroiderers. Anne was said to have designed many aspects of the dress herself. Compared to previous royal wedding dresses, it was described as "simplistic" and was noted as being close to contemporary 1970s wedding fashions.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1976 Silvia of Sweden wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Silvia chose to go to France for her wedding dress, to Christian Dior and Marc Bohan. The result is a silk duchesse gown almost stark in its simplicity, with a high neck, long sleeves, slim skirt and train extending from the shoulders. It is certainly a product of its mid-Seventies time.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1978 Queen Noor of Jordan wedding dress illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1978 Queen Noor of Jordan wedding dress was a blouson gown designed by Christian Dior.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1978 Caroline of Monaco wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Caroline of Monaco's wedding gown was designed by Marc Bohan at Christian Dior.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1981 María-Teresa of Luxemburg wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
María-Teresa of Luxemburg wedding gown is a couture design from Balmain, and like most good couture, the craft is in the details. The whole dress is intricately patterned, but you can hardly tell in photographs above. With a fur collar and fur at the wrists these dress is fit for a royal wedding in the winter.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1981 Diana of Wales wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Previously unseen pictures of Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles on their wedding day.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Previously unseen pictures of Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles on their wedding day.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Previously unseen pictures of Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles on their wedding day.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Previously unseen pictures of Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles on their wedding day.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Previously unseen pictures of Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles on their wedding day.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Previously unseen pictures of Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles on their wedding day.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Princess Diana wedding gown was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who described it as a dress that "had to be something that was going to go down in history, but also something that Diana loved", and which would be "suitably dramatic in order to make an impression.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1986 Sarah of York "Fergie" wedding dress illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Designed by Lindka Cierach, the dress was made from ivory duchesse satin and featured heavy beading. The bead-work incorporated various symbols including hearts representing romance, anchors and waves representing Prince Andrew's sailing background and bumblebees and thistles, which were taken from Sarah Ferguson's family crest. With a 17 foot long train was the intertwined initials A and S sewn in silver beads.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1993 Rania of Jordan wedding dress illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Rania of Jordan wore a gold-trimmed short-sleeve gown designed by Bruce Oldfield.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1995 Stéphanie of Monaco wedding dress illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Stéphanie of Monaco wedding dress was a short lace wedding gown with a tiered ruffle in the back paired with a simple pearl necklace.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
1999 Queen Mathilde of Belgium wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
For the wedding, Mathilde wore a stylish coat dress featuring a 16 feet long train, an antique veil, first worn in 1877 and passed down in Queen Paola’s family ever since.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
2001 Mette-Marit of Norway wedding dress illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Mette-Marit of Norway wedding dress was designed by Ove Harder Finseth. Her veil was longer than the train it was around 20 feet. Her entire dress is made of silk crepe specially dyed an ecru color, with about 410 feet of silk tulle.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
2002 Maxima of the Netherlands wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Maxima of the Netherlands wore a Valentino wedding gown. This regal wedding gown had a long-sleeved cowl necked confection, made of ivory Mikado silk, which flared out slightly from the waist, emphasizing the princess’s figure.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
2002 Martha Louise of Norway wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Norwegian designer Wenche Lyche designed the dress. The wedding gown is actually two pieces: a coat (which includes the train) and a dress underneath. The coat was worn during the ceremony and was removed afterward for the reception.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
2004 Mabel of the Netherlands wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Viktor & Rolf designed Mabel of the Netherlands bow wedding gown. The dress is made in a snow white double-faced duchesse satin with a bateau neckline, long sleeves, and a flared skirt leading to a 10 feet 4 inches that includes the bows. She topped it with a short veil and a diamond sun-ray tiara.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
2004 Mary of Denmark wedding dress illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Mary of Denmark wedding dress was a creation of Danish designer Uffe Frank, who used ivory duchess satin with a mother-of-pearl sheen, fully lined with silk organza. The scoop neckline just touched on the shoulders before descending into sleeves that wrapped the arm like a lily (dubbed calasleeves by Frank) and a slim-fit bodice. The waist itself is very simple, but with a sentimental touch on the inside: Mary reportedly had her mother's wedding ring stitched in near her heart. (Her mother died in 1997.) Her bouquet, which included eucalyptus to honor her Aussie roots.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
2004 Letizia of Spain wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
The royal bride dazzled in the stunning long-sleeved, ivory wedding gown which was complete with an embroidered open collar and a 14-foot train designed by Manuel Pertegaz.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
2008 Marie of Denmark wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Princess Marie's dress was designed by David Arasa and Claudio from fashion house Arasa Morelli in Geneva. The off-white dress was decorated with Calais lace with floral embroidery and lined with ivory silk faille from the lace maker Buche in the Loire Valley.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
2010 Victoria of Sweden wedding dress illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Victoria of Sweden wedding dress was cream-colored duchess silk satin. The rounded collar was turned down all the way around, ending in a v-shape in the back, where the dress was fastened with buttons covered in silk. A cummerbund-style sash emphasized Victoria's waist.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
2011 Catherine "Kate" of the UK wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
English designer Sarah Burton, creative director of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen, designed the bridal gown worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge aka Princess Kate.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
2011 Charlene of Monaco wedding dress illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Charlene of Monaco Armani wedding dress had 50 meters of off white silk duchess, 80 meters of silk organza, and 2,500 hours of work. In the embroidery down the front, the skirt, and the center of the train: 40,000 Swarovski crystals, 20,000 mother of pearl teardrops, 30,000 gold stones all in a floral pattern with platinum-coated thread completed in 700 hours. In the veil: 20 meters of off white silk tulle, plus more embroidery.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Stéphanie of Luxemburg wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Stephanie wore an Elie Saab wedding gown. The gown took a total of 3,900 hours to make – 700 with the seamstress and an extraordinary 3,200 for the embroidery. The dress had a 13 ft train, and was embellished with 50,000 pearls and threaded with ethereal silver.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
2013 Madeleine of Sweden wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Valention Garavani designed a bespoke bridal gown for Madeleine of Sweden. The dress was made from silk organdies and ivory Chantilly lace, and featured a full skirt with a 13 feet long train. The accompanying 19 feet long veil was covered with Chantilly lace flowers and edged with silk tulle, and was worn with a royal tiara decorated with fresh orange blossoms.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
2013 Tatiana of Monaco wedding dress illustration from Zalando.
100 Years Of Royal Wedding Dresses
Tatiana of Monaco kept true to her style and wore a hippie chic bridal gown by Missoni. Accompanied by silver flat sandals, adorned with a simple floral crown.