On April 29th, the princess story of a new generation will be told when Prince William takes Kate Middleton to be his bride. And the big question on our minds … who will Kate be wearing? Why are we eagerly awaiting this unveiling? (Other than the fact that we are bridal fashion junkies!) This Royal Wedding is an event to be remembered for a lifetime and Kate Middleton’s gown will depict a new set of trends!
For example, in 1840 Queen Victoria wore white as she married Prince Albert. Many brides didn’t wear white gowns before this event. Queen Victoria started the white wedding dress tradition. Now it’s difficult to imagine a wedding without a white dress! When Princess Diana climbed out of her glass carriage in 1981, and her 25 foot silk train followed, no less than 750 million viewers were tuned in around the world.
This dress sparked trends for the next 10 years! Think about it- those larger than life sleeves and super long veils were seen everywhere. A replica of Diana’s gown was created and then sold out in about an hour! Even Mariah Carey had Vera Wang create a Diana inspired gown for her wedding to Tommy Mottola in 1993, equipped with a 27 foot long train!
Peta Hunt, fashion director at You & Your Wedding magazine, told UK’s The Mirror that the influence of Diana’s dress still lingers: “It took us years to get over that dress. Year after year people looked back on it and said they wanted it.”
So, as we obsess over updates on Kate’s gown, pouring over magazines in the check out line and hitting refresh on our favorite style blogs, please believe us when we say that what Kate wears is a big deal. Bridal trends for the next 10 years (or more) are in limbo!