The Duchess formerly known as Kate Middleton confirmed everyone’s suspicions by arriving at Westminster Abby in a classic v-neck gown by Sara Burton of Alexander McQueen. As soon as she stepped onto the red carpet, TV commentators, Twitter wedding watchers and our own live blog began comparing her choice to iconic gowns of the past. Was it more Grace Kelly or Princess Diana? Is there possibly a little bit of Maria Von Trapp?
There’s no denying the similarities between Kate’s dress and the lacy, long-sleeved look of the Princess of Monaco. Grace Kelly’s 1950s wedding gown was designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose. Her dress featured floral lace and seed pearls and was constructed of four parts including a bodice, silk skirt, ruffled petticoat and tulle train.
Kate’s dramatic cathedral train and statement sleeves also reflect details of Princess Diana’s history-making wedding dress.
Still, something about Kate’s gown reminded us of Maria. The “Sound of Music” heroine wore a fitted-bodiced dress with long sleeves and a v-neck to her own military wedding.
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