The ten most iconic celebrity wedding dresses of all time

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The ten most iconic celebrity wedding dresses of all time

Queen Victoria, 1840

Contrary to popular belief, women before Queen Victoria had worn white on their wedding day, but when the British royal chose the colour for her nuptials, she sparked a tradition that many Western cultures know today.

Queen Victoria's gown was designed by Scottish artist William Dyce and made by her personal dressmaker Mary Bettans. Recognising her duty to the nation, Victoria helped revive the cottage industries by choosing English fabrics for her gown, including Spitalfields silk and Honiton lace.

The dress featured a décolleté bodice with a Bertha collar, drawing attention to the sweeping lines of Victoria's bare neck and shoulders, as well as a pointed, dropped V-waist surrounded by deep pleats and a dome-shaped skirt.

Style: Romantic
Shape: Crinoline
Colour: Ivory
Hidden detail: Victoria's veil was fastened with a wreath of orange blossom (a symbol of fertility and purity), and myrtle (representing love and domestic happiness). Photo: © Getty Images