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Famous Bridal Gowns in Movies

Jun 18, 2008
Two of the most legendary style icons of any time are Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. Ask any bride whose style she would love to emulate on her wedding day, and she will very likely name these two beauties. They both starred in movies in the mid 1950s wearing very special bridal gowns that are still inspiring brides today.

One of the most famous movie dresses of all time is the stunning ballerina length bridal gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. Her character, Jo, was not being married at the time she wore the dress - she was modeling it in Paris. The scene with the gown is one of the most memorable in movie history, first and foremost because Miss Hepburn looks breathtaking.

The gown itself was a stunning ballet length white dress with a wonderful full skirt designed by Givenchy. It had a fitted bodice with a drop waist, and a portrait neckline with tiny cap sleeves. The silhouette was amazing for dancing (with Fred Astaire, no less), and the shorter length showed off her adorable shoes. This style of gown would be incredible for a bride who loves the look of classics, but at the same time, wants to be a little daring (ie, not wearing a floor length gown).

The look of Audrey Hepburn's Funny Face wedding gown translates perfectly to modern weddings. It is feminine, graceful, and fun, and has a charming vintage appeal without seeming at all dated. In other words, it is sheer bliss. Many fans of Miss Hepburn will find that a ballerina length gown could work for their wedding. It would be a wonderful choice for an afternoon garden wedding or a morning ceremony in a church. The absence of a train also makes this a great option for a bride who loves to dance.

Accessories for this type of gown should include a very fluffy veil (possibly only to the waist), pretty shoes, and very polished looking jewelry. Bridal jewelry sets with classic pearls would be lovely for a 1950s inspired wedding dress. The portrait neckline is made to feature a beautiful necklace, and the timeless elegance of pearls will hit just the right note.

Another signature movie from the 1950s is High Society starring the incomparable Grace Kelly. In this movie, Miss Kelly's character is being married for the second time; in the end, she remarries her first husband instead of her fiance. In the '50s, second time brides definitely did not wear a traditional white bridal gown, and this was the case in High Society. The dress was a soft yellow with a floral sprig design - very summery and light in feeling. The sheer three quarter length sleeves were a lovely detail, and naturally, Grace Kelly looked stunning in it.

For brides being remarried, it is a very nice option to choose a beautiful dress in a soft color instead of wearing the full bridal regalia. The location and formality of the wedding will be important considerations in deciding whether to wear a full gown or simply a special dress. In addition, some brides feel like a flowing white gown with a train is just too much for their second wedding. Depending on the age of the bride, she may also feel a bit silly in a big Cinderella gown, and instead make a more individual choice in attire. The type of dress worn by Grace Kelly would be best finished off with a wide brimmed hat with floral millinery details. Being a bride, you will still want to be fully accessorized. Look for bridal jewelry sets with unique elements; Miss Kelly wore Swarovski crystals in High Society, so that would be a fabulous choice for your wedding adornments.

Every bride wants her wedding to be special and elegant. If you are seeking fashion ideas for your wedding, you couldn't do better than to use Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn as role models. With their sophistication and impeccable taste to guide you, your wedding will surely live up to your dreams.
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Bridget comments on societal issues like weddings and fashion for http://www.silverlandjewelry.com Bridal jewelry sets from Silverland Jewelry can be custom made in your wedding colors to make spectacular
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