The Most Iconic Wedding Dresses Of All Time

Get dress inspiration from the A-listers who wowed on their wedding days.
by Nicki Fleischner
  1. Kate Middleton wedding dress, Audrey Hepburn wedding dress, Grace Kelly wedding dress
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    You've seen them in black and white photographs, on glossy magazine pages and even on TV: the most iconic wedding dresses of all time. From royalty to A-list celebs, these brides had the world's eyes on them as they said their "I do's" and they certainly looked fabulous doing it. Even without a team of trained professionals or couture designers at your beck and call, you can recreate these iconic looks. Whether you want to emulate 1950s glamour a la Grace Kelly, bring an edge to tradition like Portia de Rossi, or stun in a high fashion Kim Kardashian inspired number, we've got a wedding dress for you!

    Shop our favorite iconic dresses, below.

  2. Kate Middleton's Long-Sleeved Wedding Dress

    Kate Middleton's wedding dress, Sareh Nouri wedding dress look-alike
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    The dress that launched a thousand imitations! Kate Middleton's wedding gown was designed by Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen, and is a perfect balance between tradition and modernity. With an ivory satin and appliquéd lace bodice, lace long-sleeves, low neckline and full skirt, the dress has many components that are easy to incorporate into your own dress of choice. Dare to sport a more plunging neckline or a sheath silhouette to update the Duke of Cambridge's now world-famous look.

    Get the look:

    Wedding Dress by Sareh Nouri

  3. Jacqueline Bouvier's (aka Jackie O's) Ball Gown Wedding Dress

    Jackie O's iconic wedding dress
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    One of the most famous style icons of all time, First Lady-to-be Jackie O opted for a bouffant wedding gown made from nearly 50 feet of ivory silk taffeta for her big day. To recreate the look consider adopting the portrait neckline, which draws attention to your collar bone, and the ultra feminine and flattering detailing of the fitted bodice.

    Get the look:

    Anne Barge wedding ball gown

    Wedding Dress by Anne Barge

  4. Olivia Palermo's Three-Piece Wedding Dress

    Olivia Palermo's iconic wedding dress look
    Olivia Palermo Official Facebook

    Olivia Palermo broke with tradition on her wedding, and pulled off an effortlessly chic look in the process. Her beautiful three-piece wedding dress ensemble by Caroline Herrera-- including a cream colored cashmere sweater, white shorts, and a tulle skirt overlay—was a fashion blog favorite. For your own version of the simple yet elegant look, consider a two piece ensemble that incorporates a light, flowy skirt and more fitted cardigan. Subtle details like beading can add your own unique touch!

    Get the look:

    Jenny Yoo cocktail-length wedding skirt

    Wedding Dress by Jenny Yoo

  5. Kate Moss's Sheer Wedding Dress

    Kate Moss's iconic wedding dress
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    Kate Moss has forever been every girl's style dream, and naturally her wedding dress choice was no exception. The stunning custom champagne-colored John Galliano gown dazzled with gorgeous metallic and rhinestone embellishments and a sheer overlay that made for a unique neckline (not to mention, showcased those killer legs!). To emulate Moss's signature boho-glam style keep an eye out for playful sheer necklines and don't be afraid to go for beading or on-trend 3D flower embelishments.

    Get the look:

    Alone Livne sheer beaded wedding dress

    Wedding Dress by Alon Livne

  6. Grace Kelly's Regal Ball Gown

    Grace Kelly Wedding dress, Sabrina Dahan wedding dress
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    Grace Kelly's satin and lace gown made by the wardrobe department at MGM is considered one of the most elegant and classic wedding dresses of all time. With rose point lace details, seed pearl accents, fitted long-sleeved bodice and flared skirt, the wedding gown is quite elaborate and constructed in four separate parts. For a sleeker, modern update go for a tulle or organza skirt.

    Get the look:

    Sabrina Dahan A-line wedding gown

    Wedding Dress by Sabrina Dahan

  7. Sofia Vergara's Detachable Skirt Wedding Dress

    Sofia Vergara wedding dress
    Sofia Vergara Official Facebook

    If you've got it flaunt it! Sofia Vergara kept things classic while still showcasing her stellar figure in a gorgeous Zuhair Marad wedding dress that consisted of a hand-embroidered bodice bedazzled with countless sequins and pearls. A full detachable skirt kept the silhouette traditional for the reception, but then allowed her to go all out on the dance floor. For your own version of the look you could opt for a different fabric for the detachable skirt, or a sheer illusion neckline if strapless isn't your style of choice.

    Get the look:

    Berta Bridal wedding dress with a detachable skirt

    Wedding Dress by Berta

  8. Kim Kardashian's Cut-Out Lace Wedding Dress

    Kim Kardashian wedding dress
    Kim Kardashian Official Facebook

    For her recent wedding to Kanye West, Kim Kardashian wore a haute couture creation by Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci and the result was absolutely jaw dropping. With intricate lace long sleeves, a modest high neckline and strategically-placed sheer panel cutouts, the dress was just the right amount of sexy. Plus with a simple white belt and open back with illusion netting, there are tons of stunning details to consider for your own wedding dress.

    Get the look:

    Lela Rose wedding dress lace wedding dress with long sleeves

    Wedding Dress by Lela Rose

  9. Audrey Hepburn's High Collar Wedding Dress

    Audrey Hepburn's iconic wedding dress
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    While she may be better known for the bateau neck wedding dress she wore in her film Funny Face, Hepburn's actual wedding gown was a true classic. Designed by Pierre Balmain, the tea-length dress featured a high neck and ballgown sleeves, which she paired with classic elbow-length white gloves. The combination is simultaneously innocent and sophisticated. A modern bride can emulate the look by ditching the ball gown skirt and opting for a slimmer silhouette featuring a high neck or collar.

    Get the look:

    Oscar de la Renta fit-and-flare lace wedding dress

    Wedding Dress by Oscar de la Renta

  10. Portia de Rossi's Blush Ball Gown

    Portia de Rossi iconic wedding dress
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    Portia de Rossi's gorgeous Zac Posen wedding gown was fairytale perfect for her groundbreaking nuptials to Ellen DeGeneres. The dress featured a backless, halter-style bodice and blush ballgown skirt; a perfect combination for the modern, romantic bride. To get de Rossi's look, find a gown with a fitted bodice and ballgown skirt, and don't be afraid to experiment with the 3D floral appliqués, asymmetrical layers, and unique colors that are currently trending on runways.

    Get the look:

    Alvina Valenta ball gown blush wedding dress

    Wedding Dress by Alvina Valenta

  11. Bianca Jagger's Bridal Suit

    Bianca Jagger wedding day, Houghton wedding dress
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    Can you say rock n roll chic? Bianca Jagger's white YSL Le Smoking Jacket with accompanying skirt and oversized, wide-brim hat, has to be one of the coolest (and sexiest), bridal looks of all time. If you're not quite up for the plunging neckline, opt for an equally edgy but more conservative alternative. Impeccable tailoring is key to pull off this timeless look, so keep an eye out for clean lines!

    Get the look:

    Houghton wedding dress with lace tights

    Wedding Dress by Houghton

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