Some women spend weeks picking out the perfect wedding dress, agonizing over fit and fall, shade and shape. And some women have their’s custom designed over the course of 3,000 hours by Ralph Lauren and a team of 100 craftspeople. Lauren Bush falls into the latter.
Like most sites, we covered her wedding to David Lauren, the designer’s son, exhaustively — but for one detail: the dress. And now, thanks to a profile and Norma Jean Roy photoshoot in December’s Vogue, all the glorious and gorgeous details are here.
From the article, emphasis ours:
“Any experience of a girl picking out her wedding dress is amazing,” Lauren says, “but I have to say it was really special to work with David’s dad, to see him in action with his team.” She and Ralph had a few casual conversations at family meals and holiday weekends about what sort of dress she’d like. In late June they met at the Ralph Lauren studio for their first official design meeting. “I walked in, and there were these beautiful illustrations of the looks we’d discussed with my face on them,” she recalls. “It was like a dream come true. We sat together and arrived at this silhouette. It isn’t Victorian exactly. I wanted something modern as well, so there is the high-necked collar and puffed shoulders with the large open back.” Made of richly embellished fabrics, the dress’s top layer is featherweight tulle in antique ivory. Some 100 craftspeople spent more than 3,000 hours hand-embroidering the tulle with delicate motifs of small flowers and Renaissance-era scroll designs in ivory silk and metallic thread, Swarovski Elements crystals, and off-white pearl beads.
The dress, as it turns out, is more than a little bit reminiscent of Kate Middleton’s now-iconic Sarah Burton dress, which makes us happy in confirming our suspicions: sleeves are in, strapless is out, and it’s about time.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.