12 Iconic Wedding Dresses and Your Guide to Nailing Each Look

12 Iconic Wedding Dresses and Your Guide to Nailing Each Look

Say yes to the dress.

By Jade Horrobin | 10th October 2017

Getting ready to say yes to the dress? Delve into these iconic bridal looks and the Australian gown designer gowns they’ve inspired. Wether you’re a chill bride like Kate Moss or an OTT gal like Sarah Jessica Parker, there’s nothing like a little inspo picked straight from the history books to get you dreaming.

Kate Moss

There isn’t a single day where Kate Moss doesn’t look like an ethereal goddess sent from heaven, but her wedding day was something else. She exchanged nuptials with Jamie Hince wearing an instantly iconic Galliano dress with 15 bridesmaids in tow. Her romantically grungy style made her bridal look exude pixie dream girl vibes in a way that’s difficult to replicate. Here’s where Goddess by Nature steps up to the plate with their stunning Aria Gown. The Australian designed dress nails that charming, effortless, flowy yet sexy look that’s oh so Moss.

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Elizabeth Taylor

If you don’t think Elizabeth Taylor epitomises old Hollywood glamour, than I encourage you to re-evaluate your opinion. Gorgeous, well-spoken and endlessly sought after, this bonafide superstar was married eight times throughout her life. None of her dresses are as iconic as this eye-catching number she wore in the 1950’s film Father of the Bride. High neck gowns with silk jackets aren’t exactly on the top of the trending list for 2017, but the bold bride could definitely pull off this uniquely stunning Darb Bridal Couture two-piece.

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Amal Clooney

She’s the gal who took the world’s most eligible bachelor off the market for good. But there’s no way in hell we could be mad at Amal Clooney. This living, breathing angel is dazzlingly brilliant every single time she appears in public (can you tell I’m a bit of a fan?). Her wedding day was no exception. Their 2014 Venice nuptials saw her don a Oscar de la Renta gown. Amal’s look is the Deanerys Targaryen of modern wedding gowns- it’s everyone’s favourite, crazy beautiful and destined to go down in history. The White Lily Couture Dria Gown is the perfect way to nail this timeless style. Step aside sweetheart necklines, the off-the-shoulder gown has arrived.

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Victoria Beckham

What a historic 18 years of marriage Posh and Becks have had. These two are the early 2000’s king and queen of Hollywood power couples. Their 1999 exchange of vows saw the Spice Girl emerge in a custom Vera Wang. What’s more, this classic strapless silk number still sits in her closet. Turns out she’s saving it for her daughter Harper (cue major aww moment). The strapless fitted bodice and full skirt is still a killer look in 2017. Try this Mariana Hardwick collection gown to emulate Posh Spice’s gloriously glam bridal silhouette.

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Jackie Kennedy

Back in 1953, Jackie was just a well-connected New York sweetheart marrying a good-looking Massachusetts senator. Once JFK took the campaign trail by storm, their wedding photos became one the most memorable of the 20th century. Although this custom Ann Lowe gown is unfortunately not Jackie O’s most iconic ensemble (her pink Chanel suit takes that prize), it’s history-making regardless. The ultra-full skirt is the Comeback Kid of the wedding dress world, with ball gowns and princess skirts flying off the shelves of boutiques everywhere. This Solo Mia design from A Formal Affair puts a 2017 touch on a forever timeless style. Add white gloves if you’re keen to replicate this fashion icon’s bridal vibe to a tee.

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Portia de Rossi

Portia and Ellen get set to celebrate ten years of wedded bliss next year and they’re still just as cute as they were on the day of their nuptials. These two have a way of making you believe in true love, and nothing’s more strikingly bridal than Portia’s blush coloured taffeta skirt contrasting Ellen’s stark white suit. While the white suit could have just as easily made this iconic look list, it’s Portia’s gown that’s been the subject of countless google searches in the years since. Blush wedding gowns are breakthrough trend of the year, and this stunning number from Luv Bridal really shows you why.

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Kate Middleton

Oh the Duchess of Cambridge! Royal weddings have a way of making the world stop and watch, and Kate & William’s wedding was no different. Kate’s look has been up the top of the list amongst brides-to-be ever since she stepped out of that Silver Jubilee Rolls-Royce. I mean, goals much! Her long sleeve lace gown brought classic modesty back to the top of the bridal trends list in 2011, and there’s still no sign of it’s departure. For that modern touch, opt for a fitted lace gown with sheer, full-length sleeves. The lace in this Goddess by Nature Sienna Gown is a super close match to Kate’s lace. Just add a tiara and you’ll be practically royalty.

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Grace Kelly

When Grace Kelly married the Prince of Monaco, I wouldn’t be surprised if Planet Earth itself audibly sighed in awe. She catapulted lace to the forefront of matrimonial fashion and we’ve all been replicating her ever since. Ivanka Trump, Nicky Hilton and Miranda Kerr’s bridal looks have all taken inspiration from the screen stars style, and Kate Middleton’s dress also ultra reminiscent of the Grace’s gown. Sydney designer Moira Hughes Gabriella Gown is the perfect modern day replica of Grace Kelly’s eternally influential dress.

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Kim Kardashian

Kimmy K is always turning heads. After her first (albeit short lived) wedding with Chris Humphries saw her in a waist-synching ball gown, she switched it up with a custom-made long-sleeve Givenchy to marry Kanye. Even if a white-rose filled ceremony in Florence with Andrea Bocelli playing throughout your trip down the isle is just a touch out of the realm of possibility for you, it’s still possible to achieve Kim’s elegant look. An Anna Campbell dress is sure to turn heads and the Milla Gown is definitely Kardashian approved.

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Sarah Jessica Parker

Although this dress is technically property of Carrie Bradshaw, we’ll give SJP credit for this one. Although our favourite Sex and the City sweetheart doesn’t actually make it down the isle in this dress, it’s iconic none the less. After all, there isn’t many people who can walk around New York in a cream-puff-eque wedding dress with half a bird on their head and still look like a goddess. It’s the details in this dress that make it. For a modern (and wearable) version, opt for a multi-tiered strapless number like this Karen Willis Holmes number.

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Audrey Hepburn

Did someone say “style icon”? Everything Audrey Hepburn has ever done is an instant classic, including this Givenchy gown worn in Funny Face. This image of Hepburn in a wedding gown grew to infamy once she called off her own wedding with James Hanson the same year. The doe-faced movie star would later be married twice in non-traditional simple gowns on both occasions. This tea length beauty is immaculately styling and has never gone out of style. With a similar neckline and waist-synching style, couture gown legend Steven Khalil has nailed the Hepburn look for the next generation of timeless beauties.

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Pippa Middleton

It’s been the wedding of the year so far, with no signs of it being toppled of the winners block for the remainder of 2017. Pippa Middleton first captured our attention as a bridesmaid, and we loved watching her become a bride. Her Giles Deacon high-neck gown was completed with delicately crafted lace and exuded equal doses classic and modern. To get this “almost-royal” look, the Polly Gown from Made with Love Bridal is spot-on.

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Article by Jade Horrobin

Jade is a Digital Journalist for Style Magazines. She’s a board game aficionado, green tea fiend and can shake up a mean espresso martini. Jade has a problematic addiction to learning Eminem lyrics and enjoys brunch way too much to consider buying a house any time soon.