Kate Middleton’s wedding dress reminds us of another beautiful royal wedding gown — Grace Kelly’s beautiful gown. The Princess of Monaco had a similar design and silhouette when she married Prince Rainier.
Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956 and wore a wedding dress designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose. Kate Middleton’s dress was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
Both dresses have beautiful and feminine lace sleeves and a fitted satin bodice. The bodice of Kate’s gown was from English lace and French Chantilly lace that was sewn onto an ivory silk tulle, while Princess Grace’s gown was made from rose point silk needle lace and tulle. Both dresses have a full skirt and long flowing veils.
Both dresses contain a row of satin buttons, however, Kate’s were in the back whereas Grace had hers in the front. Kate’s v-neckline gave her dress a more modern look compared to Grace Kelly’s high neckline.
Designers have taken note of the similarities, with Mark Badgley of Badgley Mischka calling it a “classic Grace Kelly look.”
“A combination just in between 1956 Grace Kelly and 1947 Queen Elizabeth dress,” said Christian Lacroix. “I love the modest veil with the Queen Mother’s ’30s scroll tiara and balanced volume of the whole gown.”
Another similarity between the two worth noting: Both Kate Middleton and Grace Kelly were commoners that married into royalty.