Royal wedding traditions: How Princess Eugenie BROKE the royal rules with evening dress
Princess Eugenie married longtime boyfriend Jack Brooksbank on Friday in the second Royal Wedding of 2018. Here is how she broke all the rules with her evening gown.
Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress was something out of a fairytale.
The Princess of York wore a custom gown by London-based label Peter Pilotto.
The dress was designed by the label’s Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.
The gown featured a chic neckline that folds down around the shoulders and a low back that drapes into a flowing long train.
Eugenie, 28, spoke of her plans to wear a British designer before the wedding, and hinted she would show off the scar running down her back from surgery she had at the age of 12 for scoliosis.
She said to TLC: “I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.”
But while Eugenie was proudly wearing a British designer for her moment in the spotlight, she broke protocol with her gown for the evening reception by wearing an American designer instead.
The bride shunned tradition for a vintage-inspired number from American designer Zac Posen.
Unlike her bridal predecessors, Eugenie opted for a blush colour rather than white for her evening reception at The Royal Lodge in Windsor.
The dramatic gown featured an ethereal chiffon skirt, hand-pleated bodice and strong shoulders.
The dress sported a neckline not dissimilar to the folded back detail of her ceremony gown, a subtle basque waistline and long sleeves.
The magnificent dress was a far cry from the brilliant white Stella McCartney number that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wore for her evening reception at Frogmore House back in May.
Likewise, when Kate, Duchess of Cambridge was married in 2011, she wore an ivory creation from Alexander McQueen for the celebration at Buckingham Palace.
Both Meghan and Kate opted for British designers, which makes Eugenie’s choice of dress all the more unusual.
Posen’s dresses have graced the world’s best red carpets, his work has been compared to that of couturiers, and he is best known for draping, corsetry, and pleating that forms and shapes the body to flatter each and every asset.
His gowns nip waists and accentuate curves while being all about fine detail.
Posen is known for luxury evening wear and mastering the silhouettes of a fancy night out.
The choice seems fitting for a party unlike any other.
According to insiders, the party at Royal Lodge was replete with wild dancing, humorous and emotion-filled speeches, a singalong, gourmet pizza and bespoke cocktails, including one called a Genie In The Bottle – named after the bride – made of rose water, vodka and cassis.
Guests were treated to an impromptu performance by singer Robbie Williams, who jumped on stage late into the celebrations and sang hits like Let Me Entertain You and Angels.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK