Friday 29 April 2011

Full of Grace

The wedding gown of Princess Grace when she married Prince Rainier III on April 19th 1956 in Monaco reflected her classic beauty.

The couple were officially wed on April 18, 1956 in a civil ceremony.

The next day they wed publicly in an elaborate Catholic Mass in Monaco.

Prince Rainier designed the Napoleonic influenced dress uniform himself.

The Wedding Dress for Princess Grace

The whole wedding attire was designed by Academy Award–winning Helen Rose, wardrobe designer at MGM. The MGM wardrobe department worked on the wedding dress for six weeks with three dozen seamstresses, and made the dress a gift from MGM.

The wedding gown was made from antique 125 year old Brussels Valenciennes rose point lace for the bodice with seed pearl detailing. It was a high-necked, long-sleeved gown with a fitted torso and billowing skirt made of twenty-five yards of silk taffeta, one hundred yards of silk net, peau de soie and silk tulle for the faille bell-shaped skirt. Her veil was covered with appliquéd lace lovebirds and thousands of seed pearls.  She wore a Juliet cap that was decorated with seed pearls, orange blossoms. Grace carried a small Bible and a bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley.

The bridesmaids wore pale yellow organdy dresses which had been custom-made at Neiman Marcus, with yellow organdy hats and wrist length white gloves. The pages were dressed in white suits with trousers banded at the knee, and the four flower girls wore mid-calf length dresses of white broderie anglaise from Neiman Marcus, short white socks, and white shoes from J.C. Penney. The bridesmaid’s gowns were designed by Joe Allen Hong at Neiman Marcus after Lawrence Marcus visited Monaco.

Rainier wore a dress uniform he had designed himself, which included a black tunic with gold leaves on the cuffs, sky blue trousers with a golden stripe down the side, and a dark blue tricorn hat with a white ostrich plume. The tunic was graced with medals representing the Prince’s links with Italian and French military history, and across his chest hung the red and white sash representing the Order of St. Charles.

The flowers decorating the altar and church included white lilacs, hydrangeas, lilies, and snapdragons.

For the civil ceremony, Grace wore a two-piece dress of light pink taffeta overlaid with champagne lace. She accessorized the dress with matching Cuban heeled shoes, a pleated chiffon turban adorned with flowers, and white gloves.

{Images via royal wedding weblog; PinterestAnna Walker via Anilú Magloire}


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