It was April 19, 1956, when American actress Grace Kelly (above) stepped out in a glamorous white gown for her wedding to Prince Rainer III of Monaco.
Cited as one of the most elegant and best-remembered bridal gowns of all time, it has inspired many dresses since.
The latest celeb to have taken a page from Kelly’s book is Miranda Kerr, for her wedding to Snapchat billionaire Evan Spiegel.
Exchanging vows in front of 45 guests, the two wed in May in the western hills of Los Angeles at their private home. Vogue was there to capture the dress and its story:
It wasn’t long after the couple got engaged in July of last year that Kerr began to dream of dresses, her imagination never straying far from the iconic gown worn by Grace Kelly at her 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, designed by the Hollywood wardrobe maestra Helen Rose and spun out of antique Belgian lace, silk, taffeta, and tulle by some 35 seamstresses in the MGM studios.
Another thing happened last July: Maria Grazia Chiuri became the artistic director of Dior (and the first woman to lead the house in its 69-year history). Though the Australian model had never met Chiuri, here was the chance to live out a fantasy. “I think it’s every girl’s dream to have Dior design her wedding dress,” Kerr says. “I thought, If she’s up for it, I’m up for it.”
Chiuri was indeed up for it. The bride-to-be met the design team in Paris in the fall, and sketches soon followed. Though she has often been photographed wearing very little, on this occasion Kerr sought long sleeves and a high neck. “A dress that fully covers you creates a sense of purity and mystery,” says the former Victoria’s Secret Angel, who in contrast to her runway swagger conveys a shy delicacy in person. “I’ve had a lot of fun with fashion, and I used to be more wild, free, bohemian. But in this period of my life, my style is more pulled back. My greatest sources of inspiration have always been Grace, Audrey Hepburn, and my grandmother, who at 80 has an effortless chic: a nice pant, a white blouse, a scarf, a little heel.”
Here’s designer Maria Grazia Chiuri and Miranda Kerr:
Here’s a bit more about the dress:
And the happy couple:
Never mind the dress, how flipping gorgeous are all those flowers?
Last one and you can go: