When Charlene Wittstock married Prince Albert of Monaco last Saturday, she made the picture of a perfect princess.
She wed him in a custom Armani Prive Gown, adorned with 40,000 Swarovski crystals and hand-embroidered with gold and pearl embroidery down the center front.
The train was long, as befitting a future queen, but instead of falling from the hem, she had the ever popular watteau train that attaches at the shoulders rather than the waist.
As far as royal gowns went, she went very simple. Somewhat like Kate Middleton, she chose a simple, understated gown and veil. She wore a very modest A-line that was so slim it almost looked like a sheath from the front. Her dress had a portrait neckline that flattered her gorgeous collarbones. Brides like Jacki O and Katie Holmes both wore a portrait neckline on their wedding day.
Her dress didn’t seem to have the sheen of satin, and it was clearly a heavier weight fabric. It was probably a silk faille or a peau de soie.
The veil was modest as well. She wore a triple tiered cathedral-length silk veil with a corded edge, attached at the back of the head.
If you’re trying to recreate some or all of this look in your dress, try Priscilla of Boston. Priscilla has been doing the watteau trains and portrait necklines for over 90 years. She dressed several first daughters at their weddings, including Luci Baines Johnson and Tricia Nixon. This is America’s closest approximation to a “royal” dress designer, and she does vintage and classic so well.