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The Best Of Bridal Costume Design

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Costume design is where imagination and extravagance can run wild, and naturally this freedom allows for the creation of fantastical and awe-inspiring bridal gowns.

Whilst admittedly many of these dresses are not ‘wearable’ per-say, they are the height of bridal fantasy and pull at an inner desire for dress-up and pretend. If you enjoy playing with dramatic looks and daring silhouettes, you may find these styles suit your bridal taste.

For this list, we have a mix of fairy-tale couture, fantasy and tamer -but still extravagant- costume design. From film and television, 80’s classics and right up to current drama, no bridal costume is off limits. A love of the fantasy genre and period drama is definitely the force behind these picks, but if it embodies elements of a similar style it may find its way here. Lady Rose’s gown tends towards realism in that it would be the perfect ensemble for a vintage-inspired wedding, but it is breathtaking and speaks of a very different time. In any case, to the modern mind the early 1900’s might as well be another universe. Similarly, Blair Waldorf’s Elie Saab dress is as much modern bride as it is magical, but its ethereal style has earned its place here.

Browse through the offerings of supremely talented costume designers and their take on bridal. Pick elements to emulate in your bridal aspirations or simply enjoy this elaborate and extravagant side of bridal design.

Cinderella (2015)
Lily James as Cinderella. Costume design by Sandy Powell.

Vanity Fair

Photo: Vanity Fair
Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
Drew Barrymore as Danielle. Costume design by Jenny Beavan

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Photo: The Pragmatic Costumer
Mirror Mirror (2012)
Julia Roberts as Queen Clementianna. Costume design by Eiko Ishioka

The Skinny Stilletto

Photo: The Skinny Stiletto
Once Upon A Time (2011 – present)
Lana Parrilla as Regina/The Evil Queen. Costume design by Eduardo Castro

Bella Nova Design

Photo: Bella Nova Design
Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala. Costume design by Trisha Biggar

Pop Sugar 3

Photo: Pop Sugar
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Charlize Theron as The Evil Queen/Ravenna. Costume design by Colleen Atwood

Charlize Theron *** Local Caption *** Film: In Snow White and the Huntsman, a breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale begins. Kristen Stewart (the Twilight saga, On the Road) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil Queen Ravenna (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron of Prometheus, Hancock) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined was that the young woman who has escaped her clutches and now threatens her reign has been training in the art of war with a Huntsman named Eric (Chris Hemsworth of Thor, The Avengers) who was dispatched to capture her. (Unimedia does not own any copyrights to the material in this text.) Photo via Newscom picture alliance

Photo: Pop Sugar
Krull (1983)
Lysette Anthony as Princess Lyssa. Costume design by Anthony Mendleson

Listal

Photo: Listal
Reign (2013 – present)
Adelaide Kane as Mary Stuart. Costume design by Meredith Markworth-Pollack. Dress by Monique Lhuillier

E Online

Photo: E Online
 Outlander (2014 – present)
Catriona Balfe as Claire Randall. Costume design by Terry Dresbach

The Outlander Podcast

Photo: The Outlander Podcast
Gossip Girl (2007 – 2012)
Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf. Costume design by Eric Daman. Dress by Elie Saab

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Photo: Pop Sugar
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s chest (2006)
Keira Knightly as Elizabeth Swann. Costume design by Penny Rose

Buzzfeed

Photo: Buzzfeed
 Downton Abbey (2010 – 2015)
Lily James as Lady Rose. Costume design by Anna Mary Scott Robbins. Original vintage dress

TV Fanatic

Photo: TV Fanatic
Once Upon A Time (2011-present)
Rose McGowan as Cora. Costume design by Eduardo Castro

Pop Sugar

Photo: Pop Sugar
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones. Costume design by Kym Barrett. Dress by Michael Cinco

Mail Online

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By Aisling O’Grady

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