The History of the Iconic Wedding Gown

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Gowns that changed fashion: Kate Middleton’s will be latest in a long line

By Samantha Critchell, The Associated Press – 15 hours ago NEW YORK, N.Y. — When Kate Middleton walks down the aisle later this month to marry Prince William, the would-be brides watching out there will almost certainly home in on her dress. Some wedding dresses leave a legacy beyond the next-day knockoffs. Here are some famous brides who set fashion trends: —

Queen Victoria. She wore a white ball gown and this was the game-changer — quite the feat in 1840. Until then, white hadn’t been THE colour of wedding dresses, explains Darcy Miller, editor in chief of Martha Stewart Weddings. Women wore their best dress, no matter the hue. White was sometimes seen as a sign of affluence because it meant you could afford to get the dress dirty, but brides didn’t run out and get one just for this occasion until Victoria. 

— Jacqueline Kennedy. Kennedy “was a major fashion influence her whole life,” so Ann Lowe’s dramatic portrait-neck gown with an exaggerated hourglass shape, and pleating details fashioned into flowers and a tiered hemline suited her, says Miller. The bit of skin showing at the neckline also fit the image of the socialite marrying a dashing young senator, ushering in a new guard. 

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