Grace Kelly & Rainier III, Prince of Monaco Wedding Day, April 19, 1956
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.
(L) 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. (R) 1923 Elizabeth I of the UK wedding dress illustration from Zalando.
(L) 1935 Princess Ingrid of Denmark wedding gown illustration from Zalando. (R) Vintage silk crepe gown with a long train with a daisy pin, that her daughter wore at her wedding.
(L) 1937 Juliana of the Netherlands wedding gown looked to be a draped silk crepe wedding gown. (R) 5 1937 Juliana of the Netherlands wedding gown illustration from Zalando.
(L) 1947 Queen Elizabeth II of the UK wedding gown illustration from Zalando. (R) 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".
(L) 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. (R) 1956 Princess Grace of Monaco wedding gown illustration from Zalando.