Even though we’re not big sports fans, last month, we decided to keep up with March Madness fever here at Over The Moon and start our own championship game, where followers of our Instagram account would help pick the most iconic wedding dress of all time.
The tournament started out with 64 picks and to say that the competition was fierce is an understatement. Grace Kelly’s gorgeous high-neck, long-sleeve lace gown created by Helen Rose went up against Mia Farrow’s unforgettable two-piece skirt suit. Gwen Stefani’s ombre pink Dior dress competed against the dreamy Oscar de la Renta design Amal Clooney wore when she wed one of the world’s most eligible bachelors. Also in the mix were the wedding looks worn by Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bianca Jagger, and more, all fashion staples that continue to inspire brides today.
As the results came in, and the competitors were narrowed, fans finally had to make the big decision last night between two finalists: Kate Middleton’s custom Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown vs. Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s minimalist slip dress by Narciso Rodriguez. And lo and behold, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge not only married a prince, she also won the ultimate OTM title!
In honor of her big win, we look back at the most iconic wedding dress in history—at least, according to our readers.
On the morning April 29, 2011, the world learned that Kate Middleton, the woman about to marry the crown prince of Britain, had chosen Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, to design her wedding dress. “Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterizes Alexander McQueen’s work,” read the statement that was sent out to the world, just minutes before Prince William and Kate tied the knot.
The lace long-sleeves and v-neck silhouette of her custom dress were made from hand-cut English and Chantilly lace, while the gown’s full skirt were created with white and ivory satin gazar trimmed with Cluny lace. Along the back of the dress, 58 silk and organza buttons were fastened by Rouleau loops, while the bodice, handmade using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, featured a number of flowers, including lilies, roses, thistle, daffodils and shamrocks. As for the train, it clocked in at almost nine feet and needed the help of Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, to go down the aisle. (That maid of honor moment also launched Pippa into global stardom.)
Kate’s “something borrowed” was the Cartier Halo tiara, on loan from Queen Elizabeth II, who received it as a gift from the Queen Mother on her 18th birthday. An ivory silk veil made at the Royal School of Needlework was placed on top of it. As for her something blue, Sarah Burton sewed a small blue ribbon into the lining of the dress for good luck. The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress was universally well-received by critics and designers including Oscar de la Renta and Karl Lagerfeld, who said: “It almost reminds me of Elizabeth’s wedding, the royal weddings in the 50s. The proportion of the train is good. The lace is very pretty. I like the veil a lot.” Between Lagerfeld’s seal of approval and the dress’s big win today, seems like that little blue ribbon certainly did its job!