Every generation’s brides are inspired by a handful of style icons. Our grandmothers had Grace Kelly. Our mothers had Diana. We have Duchess Kate.
And now, Bella Swan too.
When a wedding is a cultural phenomenon, it’s only natural to expect bridal copies … fast and furiously. The “Twilight” saga is proving to be no exception.
Bridal design house Alfred Angelo just released its exclusive “Twilight” bridal gown on Monday. The gown, designed by Carolina Herrera, was seen by the public for the first time in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1,” which racked up $139.5 million in domestic box office over the weekend.
The elegant gown boasts 100 buttons down the back and is made of lace and satin. At the the Los Angeles premiere, Herrera said the design came from Stephenie Meyer’s novel.
The design is about “the magic and the moment that is the wedding, and also about her (Bella’s) personality, which is very important in a wedding gown,” Herrera told the Associated Press. “She is this very innocent girl that is believing in her first true love and there is romance and there is fantasy and mystery. I took all that into consideration.”
Unlike Kate’s wedding dress (an Alexander McQueen original, the details of which were protected like the crown jewels until the big day), Bella’s gown was shared with the design team at Alfred Angelo. Since the “Twilight” franchise licensed the design to Alfred Angelo exclusively, other designers will have to wait until after the movie to begin sketching and sewing.
The Alfred Angelo gown will be a replica of the one worn by Kristen Stewart’s character in the film, available in sizes 0 to 30W. Although the legendary Herrera designed only the gown in the film, but fans will be happy to know that she worked with the bridal atelier to ensure the accuracy of the copy.
As Twihards who stormed theaters over the weekend now know, the movie features both a real wedding gown as well as a fantasy wedding gown. Denise Walsh, VP of marketing for Alfred Angelo, said that while they are only copying the real gown, “we have a few beautiful styles in the Alfred Angelo line that look a lot like the fantasy dress (without the blood, of course!).”
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Alfred Angelo is no stranger to re-creating iconic wedding dresses. Most recently, the design house crafted a copy of Duchess Kate’s instantaneously legendary dress. In fact, the design house has an even longer history of recreating iconic dresses: In 1950, they sold a replica of the “Father of the Bride” wedding gown Elizabeth Taylor wore in that film, a hit in its day.