We Asked You to Name Your Bridal icons, and Received Thousands of votes. Now Drumroll the Brides Team and industry insiders give Their Verdict
1 Grace Kelly 1956 the actress’s dress – by Helen Rose – for her wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco epitomizes iconic style. ‘It has so many “wow” features: high collar, fatted bodice, voluminous skirt,’ says designer Philippa Lesley. No wonder you voted it No.1.
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2 Kate Middleton 2011 Four years on from Kate’s marriage to Prince William, the dramatic train, deep V-neck, long sleeves, veil and detailing of her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown are still influencing bridal runways.
3 Carolyn Bassett 1996 you loved Carolyn’s Narcisi Rodriguez bias-cut silk gown. Its’90s minimalism was perfect for her intimate wedding to John F Kennedy Jr.
4 Victoria Adams 1999 For the designer’s marriage to David Beckham, she wore a bodice by Parisian corsetiere Mr. Pearl and a Vera Wang dress – the Spice Girl told Wang she wanted to look like Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind.
5 Elizabeth Taylor 1950 the actress wore this gown when she married Conrad Hilton Jr. ‘Glamour and elegance were the essence of Hollywood style, yet it’s also fun,’ says bridal designer Ian Stuart. ‘To recreate the look, focus on the ball gown shape and sweetheart neckline with diamond accessories.’
6 Courtenay cox 1999 The Friends actress was all sleek sophistication in a silk-crêpe Valentino number.
7 Salma Hayek 2009 the bride wore Balenciaga (husband François-Henri Pinault is the CEO of Kerning, which owns the label). Its style inspired many to take the (neckline) plunge.
8 Priscilla Wagner 1967 Priscilla was the envy of almost every woman on the planet when she married superstar Elvis Presley – and the white silk-chiffon dress and 3f tulle veil she wore on that day still make us green-eyed.
9 mea Farrow 1966 with her pixie hair, delicate features and a pale minders paired with a bow-detail jacket, Mia balanced sweet with chic when she tied the knot with Frank Sinatra. ‘It’s a great choice for a fashion-forward bride who wants to look original yet sophisticated on her big day,’ says designer Stewart Previn.
10 Princess Anne 1973 in an embroidered Tudor-sequel gown with a high collar, the princess showcased royal style at its prettiest when she married Captain Mark Phillips.
11 lady Diana spencer 1981 what can we say of the British-woven silk gown and 25f train that the Princess of Wales wore for her marriage to Prince Charles, but wow. ‘When we received the commission, we knew our lives would change for ever. It became the iconic wedding dress of the 20th century,’ says Elizabeth Emanuel, who designed it with husband David.
12 Madonna 1985 when she married Sean Penn, the singer looked every bit the pop princess in a strapless, ’50s-style gown by Like a Virgin tour designer Marlene Stewart.
13 Princess Elizabeth, 1947 ‘A vision of post-war hope and innocence, the future Queen’s elegant grace touched the nation’s hearts. And did you know that she bought the fabric with ration coupons?’ Bride’s creative director Elizabeth Edwards.
14 Barbara Beaton 1934 the socialite sister of photographer Cecil Beaton walked down the aisle in an utterly dreamy gown on the day of her wedding to Alec Hambros. It’s now in the V&A’s collection.
15 Elizabeth Taylor 1957 for her all-Spanish civil-ceremony marriage to Michael Todd, Liz rocked an off-the-shoulder number.
16 Jeanne Bigger 1949 We adore the dress worn by Dean Martin’s second wife, with its lace neckline.
17 Katie Holmes 2006 For her marriage to Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise, the actress chose a beautiful, if traditional, Giorgio Armani gown, proving you don’t need to go quirky to have head-turning style.
18 Bianca Pérez-mora Macias 1971 The soon-to-be Mrs. Jagger wore a white YSL ‘No Smoking’ jacket over a long white skirt for her wedding to Mick at St Tropez Town Hall.
19 Jacqueline Boozier 1953 The future First Lady (and ’50s fashion icon) wore a silk-taffeta gown when she walked down the aisle with John F Kennedy.
20 Farrah Fawcett 1973 For her wedding to TV star Lee Majors, the actress opted for an eternally romantic look, with wide-brimmed hat, by designer Theodore van Rankle.
21 Sylvia Morales 1980 Film director and writer Sylvia’s lace halter neck gown was a gorgeous choice for her wedding day with rock star Lou Reed.
22 Audrey Hepburn 1969 The style icon didn’t disappoint at her wedding to Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti, looking demure but sexy in a minders and headscarf, created just for her by Givenchy.
23 feared cotton, 2014 ‘For her wedding to Jesse Wood, Hearne’s stunning Pucci gown cascaded to just above the ankle – and those shoes. We also loved the sequined panel that gave an of-the-shoulder look.’ Brides fashion & beauty editor Astrid Joss.
24 Wallis Simpson 1937 When the Duke Of Windsor gave up the throne to marry this twice-divorced US socialite, it sparked sensational headlines across the world. Wallis may have died in 1986, but her fashion legacy still has us talking.
25 Raquel Welch 1967 for her Paris wed-day with film producer Patrick Curtis, Raquel chose an of eat crocheted mini. We heart her full-on ’60s boufant.
26 Paula Yates 1986 Wild child Paula was never going to be a trade, of-the-peg bride. Her scarlet dress and veil gave the thumbs-up to thousands of women looking for an alternative to classic white.
27 Patricia Cunningham 1948 Fashion model Patricia wore a cream silk more with slim bodice and long, close-fitting sleeves when she tied the knot with British couturier Charles Creed.
28 Ivana trump 2009 No expense was spared when Ivana – daughter of billionaire businessman Donald – got hitched to Jared Kushner in New Jersey. From the custom-made lace Vera Wang gown and platinum-diamond hairpiece to her diamond jeweler, her look was luxe and oh-so-lovely.
29 cheer 1975 Known for her outrageous outfits, the singer/actress (second from right) wasn’t likely to play it safe on her wedding day. We love the glamorous, low-cut, fatted dress she wore when she married rock star Gregg Allman.
30 Gwen Stefani 2002 Part girlie, part punk, Gwen’s bespoke John Galliano for Dior dip-dyed silk gown on her big day with Gavin Rosedale was in keeping with her unique style, and sparked a trend for colored dresses.
31 liberty Ross 2003 when she married film director Rupert Sanders, the English model and actress was a vision of ethereal beauty in her Galliano gown.
32 Kate Moss 2011 We crave whatever Kate wears – and her ’20s-style boo-glam John Galliano gown with glittering embellishment on her big day with Jamie Hence was no exception. ‘It worked so beautifully because it didn’t try too hard,’ says designer Charlie Brera.
33 Reese Wither Spoon 2011 Wearing a custom- designed Monique Hillier gown with corset bodice and full A-line skirt when she married talent agent Jim Tooth, Reese’s look was dreamy.
34 Olivia Palermo 2014 Always the fashion icon, the American socialite wore a Caroline Herrera two-piece for her civil-ceremony wedding to model Johannes Hubel – and even now we’re still a little overexcited about it.
35 Kate Winslet 1998 Kate’s bespoke Alexander McQueen dress – Edwardian in design, with antique beading – when she married director Jim Templeton, scored high for style.
36 Caroline Kennedy 1986 with her silk-organza gown and 25f train, Caroline’s wedding to Edwin Schlossberg was a stylish affair. Hardly surprising: the planner was her mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
37 Elizabeth Taylor 1964 in her empire-style chiffon gown in daffodil yellow, Liz looked every inch the screen goddess when she first wed actor Richard Burton.
38 twiggy 1977 being a supermodel, Twiggy has always made her mark, and the outfit – with a relaxed hat and shawl – she wore when she married actor Michael Whitney was no exception.
39 Angelina Jolie 2014 Fabulous? Yes. A bit bonkers? Definitely. But you loved Ange’s Versace gown, with its veil featuring her children’s artwork.
40 Ava Gardner 1951 the actress’s pink and lavender halter neck gown when she married Frank Sinatra fainted her figure.
41 Portia de Rossi, 2008 ‘Portia and Ellen DeGeneres both wore Zac Posen, and Portia’s dramatic backless gown with ballerina- inspired pink tulle skirt was stunning.’ Brides acting deputy editor Nicola down 180 BRIDES.
42 Jerry hall 1990 we love Jerry’s Anthony Price knee-length, of-the-shoulder lace gown, not just because it was spot-on for her Bali wedding to Mick Jagger, but because of how she wore it – with flowers on the strap and in her hair.
43 Marilyn Monroe 1956 the fingertip-length veil and full-length gown slipping of the shoulder when she married playwright Arthur Miller was such a glam choice, yet so sweet. No wonder modern brides still look to the ’50s for inspiration.
44 Anne Hathaway 2012 in an off-the-shoulder Valentino gown with a full veil and vintage-inspired headpiece, Anna was an A-list princess at her wedding to actor Adam Shulman. ‘Her romantic style with vintage touches will never go out of fashion,’ says designer Regime Ellis. ‘Blending the old and new is a perfect way to create a look that’s unique to you.’
45 Kate Bosworth 2013 We adored Kate’s Oscar de la Rental strapless gown and heartwarming, natural vibe.
46 June Carter 1968 June’s short blue lace dress with matching blue flowers in her hair was perfect for her marriage to country musician Johnny Cash.
47 Coco Rocha 2010 We haven’t stopped talking about the Zac Posen dress – with its dramatic fishtail – that Coco wore when she married artist James Conran. ‘It’s great for a bride who wants to show of her figure but still have the presence of a big gown,’ says designer Suzanne Neville.
48 Liv Tyler 2003 For her wedding to rock star Royston Langdon, Liv’s no-fuss-but-understatedly-gorgeous empire-line gown with chiffon sleeves was by Alexander McQueen.
49 Faye Dunaway 1974 While her groom – American rock star Peter Wolf – fapped his big collars, Academy Award nominee and ’70s bride Faye came over all ethereal.
50 Jessica BieL 2012 An OMG pink dress for an OMG wedding to singer Justin Timberlake.
51 Jacquetta wheeLer 2012 In an Alice Temperley gown of chiffon and delicate voilé, with an enchanting pooled train, the model chose a look ft for a (modern) princess.
52 abbey Clancy 2011 ‘Abbey’s strapless Giles Deacon gown, which she teamed with loose, tousled hair, proved that you can go trade and still radiate up-to-date style,’ says Brides fashion assistant Lucinda Turner.
53 Elizabeth King 1941 Never heard of this ’40s forist? Well, you’ve almost certainly seen her gorgeous satin dress, which is now a favourite of the V&A’s collection.
54 Lauren Bacall 1945 Lauren’s layered silk gown when she wed Humphrey Bogart screamed ‘Hollywood A-lister’.
55 Cindy Crawford 1988 Cindy’s John Galliano slip dress showed of not only her supermodel body but her carefree spirit when she married Rande Gerber. Who needs shoes?
56 Sarah Ferguson 1986 Sarah’s 17f train featured symbols, including an ‘A’ for husband-to-be Prince Andrew, an anchor and waves for his naval career, plus bumblebees and thistles inspired by her family crest.
57 Alana Collins 1979 Lace loveliness for her big day with Rod Stewart. We adore the flowers in her hair.
58 yoked ono 1969 Kooky shif dresses and quirky accessories for her day with John Lennon = eternal cool.
59 Emma Thompson 1989 Emma’s eccentric dress bordered on the theatrical, which made it perfect for her. For all 100 most stylish brides, as voted for by you, go to bridesmagazine.co.uk
60 Dita von teese, 2005 ‘The burlesque star wore a purple Vivienne Westwood silk-taffeta gown for her marriage to singer Marilyn Manson. With her corseted waist, plunging bodice and full skirt, she was the most gorgeous goth bride ever.’ Brides fashion director Bryony Toogood.