As Princess Eugenie gets ready to exchange vows with Jack Brooksbank on Oct. 12, her mother Sarah, Duchess of York is likely finding the moment a bit sentimental – after all, the proud mom found herself in the same position 22 years ago as Prince Andrew’s beautiful royal bride. While the 28-year-old has kept mum on the details of her wedding gown, we’re hoping she may take a few bits of inspiration from her mom. Here are some of the special details of Sarah’s bridal look, from the designer to the symbolic embroidery.
Lindka Cierach, an African born British designer, was the visionary behind one of the most gorgeous and easily recognizable royal wedding gowns ever, an intricately beaded ivory creation worn by the 27-year-old bride on July 23, 1986. Born in Lesotho in 1952, Lindka has a history of designing threads for members of royal families, like Lady Victoria Hervey, as well as British stars, like Helen Mirren. She also has dressed Princess Anne and the Duchess of Cambridge. But her first-ever commissioned design was for a Bahraini princess’s wedding day. Of the designer, Sarah wrote in her 1997 memoir, My Story: “Lindka was a genius; I knew she could make the most flattering gown ever, and she had. It was amazingly boned, like a corset.”
Sarah’s full-skirted gown was embellished with stunning beading that was both beautiful and symbolic. According to the Telegraph, the dress featured hearts, anchors and waves – which represented groom Prince Andrew’s love for sailing – as well as bumblebees and thistles, which are both a fixture of Sarah’s family crest.
The 58-year-old’s train was a whopping 17 feet long and featured the letters ‘A’ and ‘S’ sewn into the long piece of fabric in silver beads. The initials stood for the first letter of both of their names, symbolizing their union. The sweeping train was reportedly loosely inspired by that of Sarah’s close friend Princess Diana, whose train was 25 feet long.
The royal’s wedding gown was made out of ivory duchesse satin fabric, the most common fabric for bridal wear but especially interesting considering she became an official duchess that day! According to the NY Fashion Center, the heavily weighted material is ideal for designs with heavy beading, as Sarah’s was. This type of satin is very strong, as it’s made of both silk and a blend of synthetic fabrics.