15 of the best celebrity wedding dresses of all time
Given Gwen Stefani's one-of-a-kind style, we could have pictured her tying the knot in a leopard-print mini. But she surprised us yet again by going a somewhat tamer route. The custom ombré John Galliano for Dior dress was so breathtaking, we can't blame Gwen for having a second wedding to husband Gavin Rossdale—just so she could wear it twice.
When Hollywood darling Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco, the event was dubbed “the Wedding of the Century.” The dress (created by Helen Rose, a costume designer for MGM) could very well have been the Gown of the Century too, with its dramatic high collar, cummerbund waist, and full skirt. And that veil? There’s 90 yards of tulle in that gorgeous topper.
For a woman known for her masculine-feminine style, it’s only natural that she carried that signature look into her 1971 wedding ceremony. When Bianca married Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, she wore an Yves Saint Laurent Le Smoking jacket (hello, plunging neckline!), a long skirt, and what is perhaps the world’s fanciest floppy hat.
Elizabeth Taylor may have had eight weddings, but we’ll always remember her first. The then-18-year-old married Conrad Nicky Hilton in 1950, in a satin gown that reportedly cost $1,500 (not so crazy a price for some brides today but totally costly at the time!). We can’t decide what we love more, the romantic lace top or that gorgeous, sweeping skirt.
Elizabeth Taylor (Again)
Two of Liz’s marriages were to the same man, actor Richard Burton. For the first, the bride wore this unexpected yellow chiffon number with long, flowing sleeves, which she paired with a matching bouquet and an amazing headpiece of lilies of the valley and white hyacinths.
Audrey Hepburn is a fashion icon, and the dress she wore to her 1954 wedding to actor Mel Ferrer is one of the reasons. The tea-length Pierre Balmain dress had quite a bit going on—full sleeves, a high neck, circle skirt—but Audrey looked as effortless and elegant as ever.
When Chelsea Clinton wore this sophisticated Vera Wang gown for her 2010 wedding to Marc Mezvinsky, jaws dropped. The embellished belt and swirling confection of a skirt (made of laser-cut chiffon) created one bridal look to remember on the former first daughter.
When you marry into one of the country’s most notable political families, you can be sure all eyes will be on you—and your wedding dress. And Jackie Kennedy’s Ann Lowe-designed gown didn’t disappoint: Fifty yards of silk taffeta made up the bodice and skirt, which Jackie wore along with her grandmother’s pared-down veil.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
For months, we speculated about which designer Kate Middleton would wear when she married Prince William. On April 29, 2011, we found out: Kate became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in this Alexander McQueen masterpiece, simultaneously launching designer Sarah Burton into instant superstardom.
Portia de Rossi
When Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi tied the knot, both brides wore Zac Posen, but they couldn’t have looked more different. While Ellen went with sleek white pants and a vest, Portia chose a dramatic ball gown in the palest of pinks.