We know that wedding season is basically over, but there are some iconic gowns we cannot ever leave behind. Every bride wants to steal the show when she makes her grand entrance on her wedding day, and what’s a better inspiration than the one coming from the romance and magic of Hollywood? Here are five of the most memorable and iconic wedding dresses in the movies that have influenced bridal fashion for ages.
The Father of the Bride (1950)
Designer Helen Rose created a wedding gown for Elizabeth Taylor who played the role of Kay Banks. Many elements of the design such as the lace yoke and underskirt can still be seen bridal dresses today. Rose’s work influenced Hollywood both on and off the silver screen as she also designed Elizabeth Taylor’s real wedding dress for her marriage to Conrad Hilton. Rose also designed the dress that Grace Kelly would wear for her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco to become a princess in real life.
Gone with the Wind (1946)
Costume designer Walter Plunkett literally designed thousands of costumes for this film. Because, according to the storyline by Margaret Mitchell, when Scarlett O’Hara hastily wed her first husband, Charles Hamilton, she borrowed her mother’s wedding gown. Even though Plunkett designed the stunning ivory silk gown to be ill-fitting on purpose, Vivien Leigh still looks stunning wearing it in the title role.
Funny Face (1957)
French designer Givenchy not only turned Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn into a fashion icon, but he also made tea length or ballerina-style dresses fashionable for brides-to-be around the world. The look is one that Audrey Hepburn is best known for around the world. We can say it encapsulates the very meaning of the word ‘chic’.
The Runaway Bride (1999)
Choosing the perfect dress can be difficult enough and actress Julia Roberts has been a bride in several movies. Designer Amsale Aberra had to design not just one wedding dress but five for Roberts’ role as the bride with cold feet. It is the fifth and final dress that finally gets her to take that final leap.
Bride Wars (2009)
In this movie, two best friends who have been planning their weddings for what seems like forever end up becoming the bitterest of enemies. The brides, played by actresses Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson, both decide on wedding gowns designed by Vera Wang. Each of Wang’s wedding dress designs for this film features classic lines that many brides love. Hudson’s dress is a classic white strapless affair that features yard after yard of tulle with a veil and train to match. Hathaway’s ivory gown is tailored and shape fitting with simple, understated yet flattering lines. The neckline is off the shoulder and it is a feature that Wang often incorporates into her designs.
The movies present a consistent source of inspiration for all brides to be (and wanna-be), as weddings are a quite a popular theme in Hollywood. Do these five dresses win you over?