Top five iconic wedding dresses in film

April 14 2011

There's really nothing like a wedding, and nothing as important for the bride and the excited guests, as the wedding dress, and the all important question, what will it look like?

The question on everyone's lips this year however is what will Kate Middleton's wedding dress look like on the day of the biggest wedding of the century. With a lot to live up to, considering the fact that Princess Diana's wedding dress was the iconic wedding dress of the 80's, Kate knows that her look will be scrutinized and copied the world over. so we thought we'd give the girl a hand and do a bit of all important research for her. In honour of the Royal Wedding we've searched through our Fan Carpet archives and decided upon our top five, most inspiring and iconic wedding dresses in cinematic history.

We've taken into consideration all shapes and sizes so that Kate really has every option to inspire her, then all that's left to do is to to watch the future Queen walk down the aisle and try and guess which one of our choices inspired her...

Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City (2008)

Number one on our list is ironically one of the most recent wedding dresses to enter the hall of fame. The stunning Vivienne Westwood dress that Carrie wore as she was jilted at the alter by Mr.Big in the Sex and The City film was so popular that it sold out on in a matter of hours. The dress was also launched in a slightly more wearable cocktail dress length which also vanished from the site, but is still available directly from Vivienne Westwood and costs £4,530, the longer version has to be custom made and starts at £11,000, that's the price you pay for an icon!

Amanda Seyfried in Mamma Mia (2008)

The smash hit film of 2008, featured the sun and sand of the Greek Islands, which inspired the romantic bridal gown that Amanda Seyfried wore so well in the film when she almost married Dominic Cooper's character. The stunning Grecian gown was actually created by Academy Award-winning costume designer Ann Roth, who according to production notes, "Delved into and imagined each character's background (from what their apartments would look like to their salaries) and came up with their costumes, down to the tiniest details." Sadly the dress does not exist in real life making it an even more special one off.

Amy Adams in Enchanted (2007)

The amazing meringue that Amy Adams wore for Disney's enchanted is probably one of the most over the top and fantastical wedding creations in cinematic history. The giant puff ball sleeves, the huge skirt and the massive tiara weighed 45 pounds and a stunt double had to teach Adams how to walk in it, which Amy described as; "Grueling" since "The entire weight was on my hips, so occasionally it felt like I was in traction". However the dress has been so popular that Disney bridal has created a real dress inspired by Giselle's dress which is supposed to capture her personality described as; 'Natural, sweet, romantic, curious, smart and adventurous.'

Toni Collette in Muriel's Wedding (1994)

Probably one of the most famous films surrounding the theme of weddings ever, Muriel Heslop (Toni Collette) is obsessed with getting married and creates the lie that she is actually engaged and tries on dress after dress in her quest to create the perfect fantasy whilst keeping a diary of them all in a photo album. The stunning dress that Muriel wears when she finally does get married is stunning and is the first time in the film that she looks genuinely beautiful, and marks a turning point in the film. With its beaded bodice and lace worked sleeves, the dress was actually very classy for the character, demonstrating how much she wanted to change.

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1957)

So it wasn't a real wedding, but she's been the inspiration for many fashionistas around the world, and her wedding dress in Funny Face is truly iconic. Fashion students still study the film. With the Sabrina neckline, tight bodice, and tea-length ballgown skirt with layers of tulle, she was the picture of a classic beauty. And even though the move is over fifty years old, she still looks so fresh and current. The dress was designed by Givenchy and became an instant classic that sparked a craze for shorter dresses as opposed to the sweeping floor length ones that actresses like Elizabeth Taylor were wearing at the time.



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