September 13, 2012 10:17 AM | By Monica Stylli
Royal wedding dresses: style through the ages

Grace Kelly, 1956



Grace Kelly wedding day 1956 (© Everett Collection)
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  • Princess Margaret wedding day (© Courtesy Everett Collection)
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Grace Kelly, who died 30 years ago this week, was an international style icon with good reason. MGM wardrobe designer Helen Rose had the honour of creating Grace Kelly's wedding gown in the '50s - the dress featured a full skirt of ivory peau de soie and a fitted bodice made of Brussels lace and embroidered with seed pearls. Grace's veil was adorned with lace lovebirds and the gown remains one of the most celebrated in history.

Click through our gallery to see more stunning royal wedding gowns.

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Sep 14, 2012 11:01AM
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As much as I loved Princess Diana I've never been a fan of her wedding dress; it drowns her with it's puffiness - especially those horrible sleeves.  It just doesn't suit her and if the stylists had been worth their salt they'd have made sure the dress complimented the bride rather than overwhelm her. 
Sep 14, 2012 2:06PM
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Is the lack of commentary on Camilla's dress a statement about her as a person? Personally, I think it's really lovely.
Sep 14, 2012 2:20PM
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As a designer myself I have always been of the firm belief that Princess Diana's wedding dress was meant to have been worn off the shoulder. She loved that style. I think she was coerced into being more demure for her wedding day, ergo the design of the dress was ruined. Imagine her dress with the sleeves slipped nonchalantly over her shoulders. Then it would have been divine.
Sep 14, 2012 7:22PM
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