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Wedding Dress Drama: How Princess Diana’s wedding dress taught Fergie what NOT to wear

17:25  04 september  2021
17:25  04 september  2021 Source:   evoke.ie

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Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s wedding dresses may have been crowned the most-searched of the decade, but Sarah Ferguson’s is equally iconic in its own right.

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On July 23, 1986, Sarah Ferguson became the Duchess of York as she wed Prince Andrew at Westminster Abbey.

Her dress was a sartorial triumph and become a much-loved style for brides for years to come. In fact, it was reported that just two hours after she walked down the aisle, bridal boutiques rushed to display replicas of the royal wedding dress.

Designed by British couturier and designer Lindka Cierach, it was influenced, in part, by another iconically stylish royal: Princess Diana.

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Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew, Duke of York are posing for a picture: The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. Pic: John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images © Provided by Evoke.ie The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. Pic: John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images

Like Kate Middleton’s fairy tale custom Alexander McQueen wedding dress, the bodice of Fergie’s wedding dress fit like a corset.

Crafted from duchess satin, the scoop neck gown featured silver embroidery and also included an elaborate 17-foot train (more on that later).

The African-born designer told People that she wanted the royals’ ‘sense of fun’ to be evident from the wedding gown. The embroidery and beading was a vehicle for this most of which was inspired by Fergie’s family crest featuring thistles and bumblebees along with anchors and waves to pay tribute to the Duke of York’s sailing background.

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Except, many of the bride-to-be’s other suggestions for the embroidery ended up on the cutting room floor. Some of the motifs that got the chop included helicopters, lovebirds and teddybears!

a person in a wedding dress: Ronald Ferguson and Sarah Ferguson enter Westminster Abbey. Pic: REX/Shutterstock © Provided by Evoke.ie Ronald Ferguson and Sarah Ferguson enter Westminster Abbey. Pic: REX/Shutterstock

The train also carried a secret tribute to the loved-up couple with their initials ‘S’ and ‘A’ intertwined in silver beading.

They also purposefully chose a different fabric to that of Princess Diana, Good Housekeeping notes, who was credited with partially introducing the pair.

Princess Diana’s wedding dress remains one of the most iconic of all time, not just from a royal standpoint, she even had a secret second dress lined up just in case. The choice of material famously proved troublesome, as her 25-foot long taffeta train ended up being all crumbled after the carriage ride to St Paul’s Cathedral.

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And this was something Sarah took on board, making sure to opt for a more manageable fabric with her own special outfit.

Recounting her dress from the day she said ‘I do’ to the Queen’s son, the Duchess of York said in the book My Story that her wedding dress designer a ‘genius’ and said: ‘We’d chosen duchess satin because it is the creamiest material in the world.’

a person standing in front of a curtain: Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s wedding photo. Pic: REX/Shutterstock © Provided by Evoke.ie Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s wedding photo. Pic: REX/Shutterstock

While Sarah Ferguson’s wedding dress might not have been exactly as she had imagined it would be, she looked every inch a princess on her big day.

It was reported around 100,000 people gathered at the gates of Buckingham Palace to see the newlywed royal couple share their first kiss.

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