Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress has finally been revealed… and it’s absolutely beautiful!
After weeks of speculation over the chosen designer and style of dress for her nuptials to Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie, 28, finally answered all of our dress-related questions as she stepped out in a bespoke gown created by British designer, Peter Pilotto.
It has a low back, a very large Cathedral train (meaning her father, Prince Andrew, was under strict instruction to avoid it on the walk down the aisle!) and a gorgeous portrait neckline.
The fabric folds around her shoulders and dips into a subtle V shape at the back, showing scars from the surgery Eugenie had aged 12 for scoliosis.
Before the wedding, Eugenie opened up about her scars and thoughts on showing them on her special day, telling ITV: “I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.”
Although she broke traditional wedding rules and didn’t wear a veil, the bride finished her look with a beautiful silver and emerald green tiara.
Who is Peter Pilotto?
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The designer of the second royal wedding dress of 2018, Peter Pilotto is well known for luxurious fabrics, feminine cuts and intricate designs.
Along with fellow designer Christopher de Vos, Peter Pilotto created Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress fabric especially for her big day.
It features a range of motifs which are particularly meaningful to the Princess, such as a shamrock representing Ireland – a nod to the bride’s Ferguson family.
Pilotto and De Vos operate from their East London studio and developed the dress layer by layer over several fittings.
Always a cheerleader for British fashion, Princess Eugenie told Harpers Bazaar back in January that from the moment she got engaged, she “knew the designer, and the look, straight away”.
She is reported to have met Peter at an event she hosted for female artists, according to the Palace.
Since then, she has donned many of his label’s designs for various royal engagements.
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Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Hair & Make-Up
Princess Eugenie opted for the same make-up artist as the Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day.
Hannah Martin, from Bobbi Brown, was the talent behind the Princess’ beautiful and classic look. She had glowing, fresh skin, pink blushed cheeks, defined eyes and eyebrows and a subtle rosy lip.
Her hairstylist was Sonnie Jo Macfarlane who works in London for salon chain, Hari’s. Sonnie created a traditional up-do, with a centre parting and two twisted curls which fell each side of Eugenie’s face.
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Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Tiara & Jewellery
The tiara which Princess Eugenie wore for her wedding ceremony is the Emerald Grenville tiara which was loaned to her by the Queen.
It is made up of diamonds which are pave set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side, and it is the same tiara that Eugenie’s mother, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, wore for her 1989 wedding to Prince Andrew.
To perfectly match the tiara, Eugenie wore emerald-drop earrings – a wedding day gift from the groom.
Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Shoes
Princess Eugenie wore wedding shoes designed by Charlotte Olympia: a real favourite in the fashion pack.
Although the skirt skimmed over her shoes, Eugenie opted for a peep-toe design which was totally gorgeous.
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Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Dress: Expert Opinion
Peta Hunt, Editor-at-Large of You & Your Wedding magazine, says: “I think she looked stunning in the off-the-shoulder coat dress number, with a full skirt. I love the gentle low V-neck.
“The dress worked really well with that huge train, in damask satin. It worked really well for her shape and colouring and it was nice to see her not wearing a veil too! Very unusual for a royal.”
When asked if the dress is what she expected, Peta responded: “Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos are a surprise but it works so well, and she is a big fan of British fashion! It is such a huge occassion and she really needed a dress that filled the venue, but she has kept it simple at the same time.
“I love the Greville emerald tiara. According to royal protocol, tiaras are reserved for brides and married women, so this will be the Princess’ first chance to wear a full-on one! It is so lovely with matching earrings.”
Peta notes it must have been difficult for Princess Eugenie, following in the footsteps of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, but she says: “Although it is so difficult to be compared all the time, I think she looked charming and elegant and could not have looked better!”
There is definitely a current trend for simple and less embellished dresses, Peta says, and the Princess’ choice is sure to further influence brides-to-be. “She is a role moddle for middle England girls”.
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Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Dress: Get The Look
Portrait neck wedding dresses are a popular and elegant choice amongst brides, as are long sleeves. Princess Eugenie opted for a full skirt and train, which was modernised by the clean cut and wide neckline.
Here are some examples of portrait neck dresses if you’d like to get your own copycat version of Princess Eugenie’s dress.
Justin Alexander Signature 99040
Martina Liana 712
Raimon Bundo Igueldo
If you’re as obsessed with the royals as we are, why not refresh your memory and take a look back at Meghan’s gorgeous gown?