On the 12th October 2018, Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle. The biggest buildup with any wedding, let alone a royal one… the dress. What will it look like? Will they break royal tradition? What style have they opted for? That first moment when they step out of their transport and you will either have an ‘Oh my goodness she looks lovely’ moment or it will be an ‘Oh, not what I expected…’.
Here at The Wedding Guide, we were extremely impressed by Princess Eugenie’s dress! A simple but modern and feminine A-line with innovative textile design, the nation was pleasantly surprised by their love for the bride’s gown. Princess Eugenie is known for her unique royal style, therefore it was no surprise she was able to combine simplicity with innovativity on her wedding day.
Her dress was designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos from Peter Pilotto, a British based label. The brand itself is well known for their use of textile design, therefore it was no surprise that the Princess chose them for her ‘big day’. Her Royal Highness has been a fan of the brand for several years after meeting the designers at an event that she was co-hosting, the event was in support of women artists.
It was said that Princess Eugenie and both designers worked together in order to design the dress. They paid particular attention to previous dresses worn by the Royal Family in order to find a silhouette that followed tradition, whilst staying true to Eugenie’s style.
There were multiple fittings as the dress had to be developed layer by layer. They started by constructing it from the corset, with the complex underskirt being fitted to the bodice with a full pleated skirt. Princess Eugenie explicitly outlined that she wanted a dress that featured a low back in order to show the scar in which she obtained from having surgery at the age of 12 to correct scoliosis. Her Royal Highness also explained how she desired the neckline to fold around the shoulders and flow into the low back, then flow into a full train.
The fabric specifically was designed to include a number of meaningful symbols to Princess Eugenie. Symbols included a Thistle for Scotland, a Shamrock for Ireland, and a York Rose and Ivy to represent the newlywed couple’s home. This truly made the dress unique to Princess Eugenie and the marriage she shares with Mr Brooksbank. Roll on the next Royal wedding!
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