In the walkup to the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and her longtime love Jack Brooksbank, one major detail was kept completely mum – her wedding gown. On Oct. 12, the beautiful bride made her way to St. George's Chapel, stepping out to reveal her stunning white dress created by British designer Peter Pilotto. Looking both the modern royal that she is and the picture of classic elegance, the ensemble was sheer perfection!
Topped off with the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara, lent to her by the Queen, the gown's princess-worthy design features a sailor-style neckline with draped fabric at the back. The gown boasted elegant long sleeves, a nipped waist and a stunningly long train – rivalling that of her mom's, which boasted a length of 17 feet back in 1986.
The eye-catching jacquard fabric was designed by Peter and Christopher De Vos at their studio in East London, and has a special meaning to the princess. The Thistle for Scotland symbol on the fabric is a nod to the couple's love of Balmoral, while a Shamrock for Ireland is an homage to the royal's Irish family. The print also features the York rose and ivy, representing the newlywed couple's home, Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace. She accessorized with Charlotte Olympia shoes.
One interesting element that was conspicuously absent from the wedding look was a veil, and it's suspected that this is for a very inspiring reason. As she entered the church and while standing at the altar beside the love of her life, it was hard not to notice the elegant dipped fabric in the back, which beautifully shows off her shoulders and upper back. It also kept visible the scar running along the 28-year-old's spine, which stems from the life-changing surgery she received at 12 years old to treat her scoliosis, a curvature of the back.
While her royal wedding took months of preparation, and likely some long nights of decision-making, the 28-year-old revealed to British Voguethat the dress was an easy one. "I'm not telling anyone who is making it, but I can say it is a British-based designer. [The dress] is the one thing that I was really decisive about," she explained. "As soon as we announced the wedding, I knew the designer and the look, straight away. I never thought I'd be the one who knew exactly what I like, but I've been pretty on top of it."
Her crowning accessory came as a bit of a surprise to those who thought Eugenie would wear the York Diamond Tiara, a piece designed by Garrard specifically for her mother Sarah Ferguson's 1986 wedding to her dad Prince Andrew. The spectacular diadem was revealed to be a gift from the Queen and Prince Philip, and despite the couple's divorce ten years after marrying, it remains in the possession of the Duchess of York.