Favorite Bridal Gowns of History


April 19, 1956 saw the first of the celebrity/royal weddings to be televised. A true fashion icon, Grace Kelly, an Oscar winning, old line Philadelphia family and classically beautiful debutante, married the Prince of Monaco. 


Of all the gowns of history that have made an impact on me as a designer or style that has carried on for decades, Princess Grace’s gown is my all-time favorite. 

 Grace Kelly Skirt - Copy

Designed by the woman who did many of her costumes for movies, Helen Rose of MGM, it was created of one of my favorite fabrics, silk Faille.  I love the crispness, the matte sheen and the rustle of that fabric. (It was also used in Princess Diana’s gown.)


I am an addict for expensive lace and the 125-year-old Valenciennes lace used for her bodice and tightly fitted sleeves was premium. It isn’t even available anymore, it is so rare.

 Grace Kelly Gown Lace

Likewise, I like tightly fitted, natural waistlines (think Jackie Kennedy too) and the fullness of the bell shaped skirt is just so “bridal.”

Full Length of Bell Skirt

 Jackie Kennedy Preferred Verison

Long veils, particularly those that are lace edged and have blushers that fall from a mid-point on the bride’s head, make for such gorgeous and magical pictures.

 Grace Kelly Preferred Blusher

Her train was not of the typical “royal” proportions, but it moved so easily with her as she descended the steps of Saint Nicholas Cathedral and rode away in a Rolls-Royce convertible.

 Wallking Down the Steps

Rolls Royce

Later brides who were inspired by this gown were: Audrey Hepburn,  Kate Middleton, Nicky Hilton, Ivanka Trump and Nicole Richie. Oscar de la Renta calls it “the most influential gown of history.”

 Audrey Hepburn and Simplicity Pattern

Nicky Hilton Up Close

Ivanka Trump and Nicole Richie

Marchesa Gown

Vogue Pattern

 Her seven bridesmaids wore soft yellow organdy ball gowns with sweep trains, matching hats, designed by Priscilla of Boston. They wore wrist length kid leather gloves and carried nosegays of pink rosebuds. It doesn’t get much more formal. 

 Maids Dresses.JPG

I always advise the maids’ dresses should relate to the bridal gown with at least two common denominators and this was certainly a very well-coordinated bridal party.  I would have loved to have been the second-string assistant to the Wedding Coordinator in charge of such an elegant event. 


The YouTubes of the wedding are very interesting to watch.