Top 10! Celebrity wedding dresses
It's Kim and Kanye's wedding week, which has us thinking about celebrity wedding gowns of yore. Now, we could go the mean-girl route and call out the celebrities who got it oh-so wrong... but we're too nice for that! We thought it'd be so much sweeter to bring you our list of the wedding gowns that rocked our world (even if time has - ahem, Victoria Beckham - made us second-guess ourselves).
First up? Chelsea Clinton, who married her beau, financier Marc Mezvinsky, in the summer of 2010, wearing a gown that was custom-made for her by a close friend of the family, one Vera Wang. The couple married in front of 500 of their closest friends and family in Rhinebeck, 90 miles north of Manhattan, in a ceremony that was rumored to have cost $3 million - quite the scandal at the time, although somewhat overshadowed now by Kim and Kanye's alleged $70,000 wedding favors!
Then-Spice Girl Victoria Adams married soccer player David Beckham in 1999 in Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, in front of a modest 29 guests. Victoria wore a Champagne-colored Vera Wang gown (and, we suspect, a spray tan) with 20-foot train along with a gold crown encrusted with diamonds. Brooklyn, then a baby, wore Antonio Berardi. For the 230-guest reception, the couple changed into matching purple ensembles, also by Berardi, where they entertained guests from their thrones. Yes, thrones. The photographs were sold exclusively to OK! magazine in the UK.
In surely one of the world's most iconic wedding gowns, Grace Kelly wed Prince Rainer of Monaco in 1956, wearing a gown by costume designer Helen Rose, given as a gift to Grace by MGM Studios. The gown, with its long sleeves, fitted bodice and voluminous skirt, has been credited with heavily influencing the Sarah Burton-designed Alexander McQueen dress worn by Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Kent, in her 2011 wedding to Prince William. Grace Kelly's wedding was attended by 600 guests and watched on television by almost 30 million people, awarding it the title of "wedding of the century".
Which brings us nicely along to the (current) wedding of this century: that of Catherine "Kate" Middleton to Prince William, in 2011. For the ceremony, Kate wore an Alexander McQueen gown with a structured bodice and lace overlay with a full skirt. The British royal wedding, which took place at Westminster Abbey, warranted a public holiday in the UK - and was watched worldwide by millions of people. There were 72 million people watching on the YouTube Royal Channel, and in the UK, a total of 36.7 million people watched the coverage.
Gwen Stefani's 2002 wedding to musician Gavin Rossdale didn't garner comparable levels of attention, but her John Galliano-designed gown certainly did. The ombré pink hem was way ahead of its time, and it will last long in our memories as one of our absolute favorite celebrity wedding gowns of all time.
It was John Galliano, too, for Kate Moss's wedding to musician Jamie Hince in 2011. Kate wore a cream floor-length bias-cut dress with matching veil by the British designer and was accompanied by 15 bridesmaids, among them her eight-year-old daughter Lila Grace. Hince was dapper in a pale blue, double-breasted YSL suit. The ceremony took place in the British countryside, with a three-day celebration carrying on in Kate's home in the Cotswolds.
Hilary Duff's gown makes it a three-piece for Vera Wang, who was responsible for the trumpet-hem, strapless gown Hilary wore for her 2010 wedding to NHL player Mike Comrie. The pair married in Michael Douglas's former home in Montecito in front of 100 of their close family and friends - although three years later, it's all over for the duo.
Jacqueline Bouvier's 1953 wedding to John F Kennedy in Newport, Rhode Island, is another classic - with good reason! The wedding dress was designed by Ann Lowe, and rumor has it that Jackie wasn't a big fan; it was made from 15 meters of ivory silk taffeta and worn with a lace veil that was also worn by her grandmother. Fun fact? The dress was made in a record eight days, when the original design was damaged in a flood in Ann Lowe's studio.
Kaley Cuoco wore two wedding dresses when she married tennis player Ryan Sweeting this past New Year's Eve by - we should've guessed - Vera Wang! For the pre-ceremony, she wore a short, red gown, but quickly changed into an incredible pink ball gown for her ceremony. The custom gown had a sweetheart neckline and Chantilly lace appliqués - and we just adore the color! (Are you getting the impression that we like pink gowns?)
No list of celebrity wedding gowns would be complete without Lady Diana Spencer's David Emanuel dress, which she wore for her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981. It was a design that embodied all that 1980s fashion had to offer: enormous sleeves, a 25-foot train and decorated with hand embroidery, pearls and Carrickmacross lace. It was made in ivory silk taffeta and antique lace, and was universally blamed for a scary trend in wedding dresses for puffed sleeves and meringue skirts. No wonder; the wedding was watched by an estimated global TV audience of 750 million.