Sunday, December 6, 2009

Grace Kelly's Wedding Dress - timeless classic

I wanted to share with you a timeless wedding dress style. Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, 1929—September 14, 1982) was an American actress who, in April 1956, married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and became styled as Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, but was more commonly referred to as Princess Grace. I personally love this era, it is a time that will be remember for it's class, it's beauty and also it's elegance that only the 1950's decade can retain.

Grace Kelly's wedding dress was designed by MGM's Academy Award–winning Helen Rose and was worked on for six weeks by three dozen seamstresses. The 600 wedding guests included Hollywood stars David Niven and his wife Hjördis, Gloria Swanson, Ava Gardner, the crowned head Aga Khan, and Conrad Hilton. Frank Sinatra initially accepted an invitation but at the last minute decided otherwise, afraid of upstaging the bride on her wedding day! The ceremony was watched by an estimated 30 million people on television. It was and still is a memorable event in today's modern history.

From the images above, you can see that Grace Kelly's wedding dress was a traditional, highly laced, high neck style of wedding dress - much the style of this era. It is very detailed, long train and a tailored waist line. The wedding dress used twenty-five yards of silk taffeta and one hundred yards of silk net. It was a 125-year-old rose point lace was purchased from a museum and thousants of tiny pearls were sewn on the veil. . To accompany the dress, Grace Kelly wears a floor length veil and completed the look with pearl earrings. The Grace Kelly wedding dress look has been copied many times. Most recently by Ivanka Trump's at her wedding to Jared Kushner (see image above). The two wedding dresses are very similar in style and presence. Ivanka Trump's wedding dress was designed by the modern day wedding dress guru Vera Wang. This shows that over 50 years later, the traditional, stylish wedding dress can still look stunning in today's modern day wedding celebration.

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