Iconic Wedding Dresses

Get a close look at histories most memorable wedding gowns. Plus our favorite celebrities' stylish dresses.

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After much speculation, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen was revealed to be the designer responsible for Kate Middleton's elegant lace gown.
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Catherine Middleton ended months of speculation when she stepped out wearing a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown. Get a close up look at the dress that is set become an instant trend by clicking through.
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Middleton wed her Prince in a classy yet dipping neckline edged up her modest, but spectacular gown.
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Her dramatic, rounded cathedral train measured 10 feet in length.nThe bodice and skirt were made of hand-cut English and French Chantilly lace, by the Royal School of Needlework.
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The bride smiled behind a long, silk, ivory-tulle veil with embroidered lace flowers.
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And to top it off, Kate opted for a 1936 Cartier tiara, lent to her by Queen Elizabeth (something borrowed) and Robinson Pelham diamond earrings. Click through to see more iconic dresses.
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Here's a look at Princess Di's epic Emanuel gown in 1981. The look became the inspiration for generations of women to go big, opting for splashy, romantic looks.
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In a lavish wedding ceremony fit for royalty, Chelsea Clinton chose to wear two Vera Wang gowns for her nuptials. Former President Bill Clinton walked his only child, Chelsea, down the aisle in front of hundreds.
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For her wedding day with long-time boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky, Chelsea Clinton wore two wedding gowns. For the ceremony, Chelsea chose a strapless white Vera Wang gown. A crystal-encrusted belt accentuated her slender silhouette,and the bride's ballgown skirt, made of silk organza, floated down the aisle. For the reception Chelsea changed into a draped Grecian-style gown with a black belt, reported the AP.
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It's likely that Mariah Carey was going for the Princess Diana look when she married music executive Tommy Mottola in 1993 in a lavish New York ceremony. Alas, the look didn't quite seem as put-together, though all eyes were certainly on Mariah.
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Another first daughter, Jenna Bush, opted for Oscar de la Renta for her big wedding in Crawford, Texas.
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Equally trend-setting, though for completely different reasons, Carolyn Bessette's simple, bias-cut Narciso Rodriguez dress in her 1996 wedding to John F. Kennedy, Jr. sparked a legion of sexy, minimalist imitation gowns.
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When Courteney Cox married David Arquette in San Francisco, the "Friends" star opted for a similarly pared-down silk dress by Valentino.
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When Melania Knauss married Donald Trump in 2005, everyone knew the bride's dress would be over the top. The Dior couture confection she wore, however, was even more ornate than most had imagined. Needless to say, it's not every day that a wedding gown earns a <em>Vogue</em> cover.
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Her stepdaughter, Ivanka, however, favored a less showy brand of glamour for her wedding to Jared Kushner in 2009. She chose a custom Vera Wang gown with lace sleeves, creating a more covered-up look that set serious trends for 2010 wedding design.
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Grace Kelly's spectacular dress in her 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco was the epitome of tradition: high neck, loads of lace, and a veil and train that seemed to go on for miles.
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Gwen Stefani's John Galliano-designed dress for her 2002 wedding to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale was the embodiment of her punky-couture fashion tendencies: long, dramatic, with a totally unique ombre-dyed hot pink skirt.
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Burlesque performer Dita von Teese married singer Marilyn Manson in 2005 wearing a striking midnight-purple gown designed by Vivenne Westwood (who also designed the dress Carrie Bradshaw wore in "Sex and the City"). The marriage may not have lasted, but the dress was unforgettable.
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Diva von Teese wasn't the first bride to embrace color, however: Elizabeth Taylor opted for a deep green dress for her Las Vegas wedding to singer Eddie Fisher in 1959.
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Mia Farrow's crisp white suit at her wedding to Frank Sinatra was the epitome of '60s mods style, complete with Farrow's perfect pixie haircut.
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In one of the most paparazzi-hounded wedding ceremonies of all time, Katie Holmes married Tom Cruise in Italy in 2006. Hype notwithstanding, Holmes was the picture of a young hopeful bride in a feminine off-the-shoulder gown by Giorgio Armani.
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Like the rest of her signature style, Jackie Kennedy (then Bouvier)'s wedding look was a lesson in classic, ladylike dressing: cap-sleeves, a nipped-in waist, and a full skirt, paired with a single strand of pearls.
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Jennifer Lopez made her second attempt at marriage with choreographer Cris Judd in September 2001 (they later divorced in 2003) wearing a lovely, ultra-feminine lace dress.
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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi got hitched shortly after California's Supreme Court ruled a previous ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional. De Rossi's dress echoed DeGeneres' tuxedo up top, but the skirt was feminine and frothy.
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For her 2006 wedding to Keith Urban, style icon Nicole Kidman opted for an ivory creation by Balenciaga, accented with a soft traditional tulle veil.
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Fashion-forward starlet Liv Tyler also opted for an It-designer to tackle the dress for her big day: Tyler wore Alexander McQueen for her wedding to Royston Langdon in New York City.
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Ever opting for the unexpected and sultry, Bianca Jagger married Mick Jagger in 1971 in St. Tropez wearing a white suit that mixed a classic, ladylike aesthetic with a seriously plunging neckline.
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Despite her punk-girl personal, singer Avril Lavigne went for a quite traditional, feminine dress by Vera Wang for her wedding to Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley in 2006. With its dramatic skirt and long tulle train, it telegraphed storybook romance over rocker chic.
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