Stunning and unique gowns from the 2010s may channel 1950s cultural icons’ gown choices.
And, well, there’s just that one really modern odd-ball gown, too… Not sure what the 1950s would have thought of it!
Instyle names Kate Middleton as one of the best dressed celebrity brides of all time. Two billion people watched on as she married Prince William in April 2011. See a photo of her elegant, long-sleeved white gown at InStyle magazine’s website.
Virtually no one had a negative word to say about her gown choice. (Never fear: Princess Diana’s 1980s gown goes down in history, too!)
According to countless magazines and Internet bridal resources, it seems as if Grace Kelly has continued to hold the title for all-time best wedding gown ever. Kelly wore the stunning gown during her “I do’s” with Prince Rainer III of Monaco on April 1956.
Not only did she marry royalty, but royalty from the big-screen was in attendance like Cary Grant and Ava Gardner.
Handbag.com dishes that there are rumors that Kelly’s gown inspired Kate Middleton’s! Hmm… Those April gowns sure take the cake!
In May 2014, Kim Kardashian rocked a one-of-a-kind gown during her recent nuptials. Check out this photo of the Kim Kardashian and Kayne West wedding at Brides.com. Those long sleeves, round ruffles on the bottom, paired with the large area of white fabric around her chest and stomach seem to culminate into a traditional-style gown. Yet, the see-through area around the waist adds a modern punch. It’s hard to love, but it’s also hard to hate, because there’s really no other dress out there to truly compare it to. That’s probably exactly what Kimye was trying for!
Marilyn Monroe’s 1954 gown came in at number one on a Huffington Post infographic titled “5 iconic but unusual wedding gowns.” Monroe didn’t wear the traditional white gown, but opted for a black, broadcloth dress with a fur collar. While the description seems ugly, StylishWeddingIdeas.com explains, “…it was certainly elegant and completely appropriate for the ceremony and for Marilyn Monroe’s unique personality.”
It may be fitting that Kardashian and Monroe both ended up on the unusual list. In an “US Weekly” article by Nicole Eggenberger, she cites a 2014 “London Times” article in which Riccardo Tisci, the creative director of Givenchy, says Kardashian is, “…the Monroe of our age.” Maybe she was channeling Marilyn with her choice of wedding gown.
An Odd Gown
In 2013, Mama June (June Shannon) of TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” reality TV fame, tied the knot with her Sugar Bear (Mike Thompson). Ranker.com named Mama’s gown as 17th in their list of “21 of the Wackiest Celebrity Wedding Gowns.”
The ruffly gown paired with her shiny up-do surprisingly offered a bit of classy elegance to a redneck-style wedding in her Georgia backyard. Hey, any true rednecks watching the ceremony telecast on the third season of the TV series can tap their mason jar of ‘shine together with the person sitting next to them in approval!
No one in the 1950s had a reality show to broadcast their life. Though, anyone looking on in that decade may have gasped at this particular gown’s cascading blasphemy against the traditional, stark white dress.
Royalty and other pop culture icons undoubtedly root out the most breath-taking, buzz-getting gowns for their big days. Whether that’s breath- or buzz-taking though in the sense that their dress will be considered stunning, unique or (in Mama June’s case) odd, is anyone’s guess!