The first photos of Bella’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 wedding dress have finally been revealed! Moviegoers have flocked to the theaters to see the wedding of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) to Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), making Breaking Dawn the number one movie the past two weekends in a row.
With the exception of Kate Middleton’s royal wedding gown, Bella’s $35,000 wedding dress was one of the most anticipated gowns of the year. The dress was made of a crepe satin and included French Chantilly lace on the back and on the sleeves with 152 buttons going down the back. She wore Manolo Blahnik custom-made satin pumps and a beautiful flowing veil with a diamond clip.
After all the buildup, however, Twilight fans gave the dress mixed reviews, with some calling it “awe-inspiring” and “a masterpiece,” while others said it was “a major disappointment” and “downright boring. “It certainly didn’t look anything like an Edwardian dress as described in the book,” commented one fan.
Designer Carolina Herrera said she was inspired by the dresses of the ’20s and felt like the dress was “seductive.” She wanted the front to be simple, keeping with Bella’s style, but “with one extravagance in the back of the dress.”
“I got inspiration from the book and descriptions from Stephenie Meyer. You had to really take in consideration the whole story — which was this innocent girl with the first true love of her life. It had to be magical,” said Herrera.
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer gave her stamp of approval on the dress. “It’s such an interesting mix,” Meyer told USA Today, “It has a vintage feel, but at the same time, there’s an edge to it. It’s really beautiful. And then on Kristen — oh, she looks amazing in clothes — and in that dress she’s so lithe and unbelievable.”
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