Grace Kelly, a commoner, married Ranier III Prince of Monaco in 1956. Her wedding party wore all white. pale yellow.
Kate Middleton, a commoner, married Prince William in 2011. She played it safe with grace and good taste, taking style notes from a previous plebeian princess. Her wedding party also wears all white.
I suspect Kate’s wearing vintage from the skin out- look at her bustline. I suspect she’s wearing a bullet bra/girdle, at least a smallish one, which is appropriate to be sure given the choice of dress.
Hair down- also a little different. Subtly flouting convention?
She’s wearing McQueen, a previously established designer. Dreamstress accused Kate of playing it safe, style-wise, and I’d have to agree. But she does look lovely. I’ll throw the question out there- Is it safe to wear McQueen on one’s wedding day? On a royal wedding day?
Royal weddings tend to have a big impact on mainstream fashion, at least wedding fashion. Diana launched a decade of puffy wedding dresses:
What will be Kate’s fashion legacy?
Carole Middleton, perfectly tasteful and well-fitted mother of the bride.
Sewists- I hope you’re watching fit as much as you’re watching fashion. If you missed the wedding, try to go back and look at some of the major guests’ frocks in action. This is a rare chance to get an eyeful of watching clothes made specifically for the person wearing them, on people who come in a variety of sizes (not just Hollywood Red Carpet bodies or runway models..) Plus sizes and post-menopausal ladies- check out the Queen. She wore a beautiful yellow dress, impeccably fitted and carried herself like the queen she is. I think we all can take a lesson from her poise and exuberance on what is a happy day in her family.