5 Iconic Vintage Celebrity Wedding Dresses

While the white gown has remained a staple in modern weddings, the beautiful detail and nostalgic touch of vintage gowns set them apart. We’ve pulled together some of the most famous celebrity vintage dresses that could serve as some inspiration or simply leave you in awe.

When Elizabeth Taylor got married (for the first time) to Conrad “Nicky” Hilton Jr. she wore this classic lace and ivory satin dress with pearl embroidery. The dress was made by MGM studios chief designer Helen Rose, who also created Grace Kelly’s wedding dress.

Elizabeth Taylor Conrad Hilton Wedding

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer married in 1954. Hepburn wore this amazing high collared and bouncy sleeved dress by French fashion designer Pierre Balmain. Her delicate flower crown completed the feminine wedding look.

audrey hepburn mel ferrer wedding

Grace Kelly’s iconic gown worn in 1956 during her wedding to Prince Rainer III has been said to be the best remembered wedding dresses since the mid 20th century. The gown, also designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose, featured a high neck, long sleeves, fitted torso and billowing skirt. The bust was made of 125-year-old Brussels rose pint lace. As if the gown wasn’t elegant enough, she dawned a gorgeous crown and lace veil.

grace kelly wedding dress

Brigitte Bardot went down the less traditional path when she chose to wear a pink gingham mid length dress by Jacques Estrel to her 1959 wedding. The dress was flirty and fun, much like the actress herself.

Brigitte Bardot Wedding

In 1953, Anne Lowe designed Jackie Kennedy’s infamous gown worn during her marriage to John F. Kennedy. The voluminous gown featured off the shoulder sleeves, a bouffant style skirt and a fitted top. The detail throughout the dress was impeccable, with mini wax flowers adorning the skirt, and 50 yards of ivory silk taffeta.

Wedding Portrait Of Jacqueline Bouvier

Manicure Trends We Love From New York Fashion Week

So far, New York Fashion Week has been producing nail art as creative as some of the top designers’ looks on the runway. We’ve been spotting themes throughout, such as single stripes, negative space and three dimensional elements. Here are some of our favorite looks so far.

In this look, simplicity is key. A single stripe adds interest and can accompany any style. The following look featured in the Erin Fetherston show reflected the dainty style of her clothing, but added a pop with the metallic stripe.

Erin Fetherston Nail Art

This black and white, mod inspired design was a nice contrast to Kate Spade’s pops of color. This look was achieved using Deborah Lippmann’s “Amazing Grace” and “Fade to Black”.

Kate Spade Nail Art

Negative Space was also prevalent on the runway.The unexpected look has ultimate cool girl vibes and can be used for an everyday look. This metallic look was created using Zoya Ziv.

Zimmermann Nail Art Negative Space

This neutral tone negative space look creates an unexpected gradient look. To get this look, use “Tomoko” and “Farah” by Zoya.

Creatures of Comfort Nail Art Negative Space

Nails with three dimensional elements were popping up all over the runway. These looks ranged from uber simplistic to over the top. This following look falls on the simplistic spectrum but it is anything but boring.

Lela Rose Nude Nail Art

In contrast, this three dimensional style is far from practical but definitely a statement maker. This look was seen during the Libertine show, but we’re thinking you could’ve guessed that…

Libertine 3D Nail Art

Don’t Quit Your Day Dream

We came across this quote as we were pinning away (follow us here!) and couldn’t agree more.

dont quite your daydream

Don’t quit your day dream!

Marsala Declared the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year

Goodbye Radiant Orchid, hello Marsala! Pantone has declared Marsala the 2015 Color of the Year. Leatrice Eisman, Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute says, “This earthy red has wine and a very warm brown underneath, which gives the feeling of groundedness, strength, and confidence. It has a richness that lends sophistication. When you wear it’s it is a self-fulfilling prophecy—you’ll find you get positive reactions form others and it builds up your confidence.”


Solange Knowle’s Stunning Wedding in New Orleans

Solange Knowles married video director Alan Ferguson this weekend in a very stylish and intimate ceremony in New Orleans. The couple rode on white-painted vintage bicycles to Marigny Opera House, where the ceremony took place.

The bridal party included sister Beyoncé, mother Tina Knowles and musician Janelle Monáe, among others. The entire bridal party, as well as all the guests, wore white.

The bride opted out of wearing any veils or headpieces and kept it simple yet very elegant with a cape gown by Humberto Leon for Kenzo.

Photos via instagram @beyonce

Rihanna’s Top 6 Hat Moments

Rihanna is a celebrated style icon whose bold sense of style is admired and celebrated. Photographed on and off the red carpet with some stylish toppers, the Bajan beauty is not one to shy away from a statement headpiece. Here is our pick of the trendsetter’s top six hat moments.

1. Rihanna heats up the pages of Vogue Brazil topless with an oversized Otávio Giora straw hat.


2. RiRi wearing a veiled Silver Spoon Attire beret to the Mugler Ball Runway for the fashion house’s 25th anniversary.


3. The songstress wearing Maison Michel lace bunny ears and veil headband at the Maison Michel store in  Paris.


4. Rihanna in April 2013 issue of Elle UK, wearing a black wool felt cap with cat ears by House of Flora x PPQ.

5. Rihanna with a Givenchy baseball cap and black honeycomb veil.

6. RiRi wore a sheer Swarovski dress and head scarf by Adam Selman to the CFDA Fashion Awards.

Los Angeles Custom Millinery

Bijou Van Ness is proud to offer custom millinery design and bespoke services for any occasion. We have extensive experience working with magazines, commercials, movies as well as private clients. Based out of Los Angeles, we extend our services to clients from around the world. Please contact us here for additional information.


Karl Lagerfeld Designs Maison Michel SS15 Millinery Collection

Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld has designed a SS15 capsule collection for Maison Michel. A total of five styles, each hat is inspired and named after his favorite models- Kendall, Karlie, Anja, Cara and Poppy. We’re loving the various cap styles with the mini lace veils!


2014 New York International Bridal Week

We will be presenting the 2015 Bijou Van Ness Bridal Collection at New York International Bridal Week, October 11-13, at Pier 94. The studio is overflowing with sinamay, ostrich feathers, Swarovski crystals and vintage veils as we are in full creative mode, designing the new collection. Below is a glimpse of the mood board.

Grace Kelly

Tacori Wedding Ring

Peony bouqet

Cote d’Azur


Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo

Bijou Van Ness is headed to Tokyo for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. We’ll be joining the Los Angeles Fashion Council to present our Fall/Winter 2014 Collection at the Shibuya Hikarie 8F on March 17th.

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