Kate Middleton in McQueen to Audrey Hepburn in Balmain: 100 of the Most Iconic Wedding Dresses of All Time Revealed
27 Jul 2015
In 1954, Audrey Hepburn wore a Balmain miniskirt shift; in 2012 Anne Hathaway wore an ombre Valentino look; in 2011, Kate Middleton wore Alexander McQueen. Now, 100 of the most famous wedding dresses of all time have been immortalised in a series of fashion illustrations.
It starts with Queen Victoria's wedding dress in 1840, but the Iconic Wedding Dresses infographic by Vashi Diamonds features 100 dresses, ending with the caped outfit that Solange Knowles wore to marry Alan Ferguson in 2014.
Styles are arranged in alphabetical order, and can be categorised by decade, colour, and bride – with stars such as Ava Gardner and Elizabeth Taylor, who were married more than once, featuring multiple times. Audrey Hepburn makes an impressive three appearances.
The third dress she wore - the short, pale pink dress pictured above - was designed for her wedding to Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti by Hubert de Givenchy.
Short wedding dresses aren’t a modern phenomenon, it can be observed, with miniskirt lengths worn by Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Cilla Black, Cindy Crawford, Jerry Hall, Rita Wilson and Yoko Ono since the 1950s.
The suit also makes a regular appearance, with Ava Gardner, Bianca Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor, Ellen DeGeneres, Linda Eastman, and Marilyn Monroe choosing the less conventional attire.
One-shoulder and off-the-shoulder gowns are worn by Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, and Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway, Amal Alamuddin, Jacqueline Kennedy, Katie Holmes and Michelle Obama.
Yet despite the variety, it is traditional gowns that dominate, with royals having a strong presence in the graphic: Princess Diana, Grace Kelly, Kate Middleton and Princess Anne’s dresses are illustrated.
In her 2011 marriage to Prince William at London’s Westminster Abbey, Kate wore a long sleeve gown featuring an intricate lace appliqué bodice, with a waisted and full-skirted silhouette.
The iconic wedding dress, which cost over £250,000 and was created by Alexander McQueen's head designer, Sarah Burton, was comparable to the dress that Grace Kelly wore to became Princess Grace of Monaco in 1956.