5 Wedding Dresses That Changed Design

Sometimes wedding dresses are so iconic that they change design and influence future trends…

Since opening Bridal Reloved Liverpool a year ago I’ve seen so many different designers, styles and materials come through the door that my own tastes on wedding dresses have changed a bit now. When I began a year ago I loved wedding dress designs by Ian Stuart, his over the top and elaborate designs with 3D embellishments and use of different textures excited me. As times gone on I find myself loving more simple styles but still with a brilliant use of different textures, fabrics and layering.

I decided to do a little digging in to wedding dresses of the past and found some really amazing and interesting designs! Here’s my top 5, not necessarily in order, they’re all so beautiful but for different reasons. Let me know below in the comments which is your favourite and what you love or don’t love about wedding dress styles.

1. So first has to be a shout out to Queen Victoria who paved the way for what is now the traditional white wedding dress. Before queen Victoria married in 1840 wedding dresses were traditionally your best coloured outfit. It was notoriously hard back then to keep white as white as snow as there was no washing machines or dry cleaning! So when Queen V decided to wear white it was then seen as something for the wealthy. Designed by Scottish artist William Dyce it was his one and only fashion project. Well done Dyce lad!

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2. The dress worn by Hollywood legend Grace Kelly at her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco has all the makings of a movie wedding dress! Why, well because it was designed for her by Helen Rose who at the time was a costume and clothing designer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studios MGM. I love the simple bell structure of the taffeta skirt, the classy and elegant high collar lace bodice and the cummerbund worn around her tiny waist. Altogether a very regal yet romantic wedding dress.

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3. I absolutely adore the ombré colour of Gwen Stefani‘s wedding dress. When she married Bush front man Gavin Rossdale in 2002 it was quite fashion forward. I’m seeing a lot more trend coming back for coloured or patterned wedding dresses and I have to say I love it! How long the trend will last this time around though we shall see! Designed by John Galliano for Dior the dress brought out the brides punk and quirky personality which for me is a must, to have a dress that represents who you are.

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4.  Ok, ok so as much as I’m not a fan of the Kardashians I have to admit that I did love the figure hugging dress Kim wore to wed Kanye west! A bespoke couture design by Givenchy the dress was a closely guarded secret till the wedding day. The dress featured long lace sleeves, a mermaid silhouette, illusion cutouts at the waist, and a cathedral-length veil. I’m pretty sure this is also where the trend for the flower wall started!

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5. Finally number five is this gorgeous blush wedding dress worn by Portia de Rossi at her marriage to Ellen DeGeneres. The backless princess fairytale gown designed by Zac Posen featured a halter neck bodice, fitted waistline and stunning blush tulle skirt. I have to say I loved Ellen’s choice of outfit too which again suited both their personalities brilliantly.

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Thanks for reading!! I honestly could have listed a whole lot more so keep your eyes peeled for a vlog coming soon to The Liverpool Wedding Blog YouTube channel!

Carol x


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