Helen Rose vs. Sarah Burton

Princess Grace Kelly in 1956 and Princess Kate Middleton in 2011

I don’t think I’m the only person who thought “Grace Kelly” right when I saw Kate Middleton in her wedding dress this morning during the Royal Wedding.  Both looked lovely in their timeless dresses. The dresses are similar with the lace sleeves, high collars and flowing skirt.

Grace Kelly’s dress was designed by Hollywood costume designer Helen Rose who also designed the wedding dresses for Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds.  Rose created costumes for movies like “Dangerous When Wet” (1953), “Father of the Bride” (1950), “The Harvey Girls” (1946) and “The Swan” (1956).

I love this style of gown and want sleeves whenever I get married too. Though I hate film remakes, I love to see fashion homages. I secretly hope that the designer had Grace Kelly in mind when the dress was created. Probably not though, but maybe!

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3 thoughts on “Helen Rose vs. Sarah Burton

  1. I agree! I love both Kate and Grace’s respective dresses and I am definitely doing the lace sleeve thing when I get married.

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  2. I think Kate Middleton is bringing back a more modest but still sexy kind of style. It happens to be a style that was popular in old Hollywood, with designer like Helen Rose and Edith Head. Diana was an innovator but I think Kate will be kind of a throwback with a twist. I like her style alot!

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