Lady Gabriella Windsor married Thomas Kingston at Windsor Castle today, making it the third royal wedding to take place at this historic location in less than a year. And while these famous steps might be the same, the three women who climb them – and the dresses they chose to wear – couldn’t have been more different.
Lady Gabriella, or Ella as her friends call her, opted for a powder pink lace dress from the Italian designer Luisa Beccaria. And, despite the fact that this afternoon the dress matched the royal scene perfectly, the design actually started life much less dramatically.
“At the very beginning, Ella wanted something very fluid and pure,” Beccaria tells us. “She had a lot of different ideas about what type of dress she wanted and they weren’t married at all. She didn’t want bulk, folds, ruffles or anything like that.
Throughout the design process, the simple dress gradually evolved into the more elaborate dress that we have seen today. This happened when more details about the wedding were confirmed, including the location and the tiara.
“When we heard that she was going to be married at Windsor Castle, Ella wanted the dress to have something a little more majestic. And then when it was decided that she was going to wear this tiara that had belonged to to her grandmother, Princess Marina of Greece, we started looking at pictures of her wearing it and decided to make the dress a bit more dramatic. We left it flowing in the front and got it on. kept the same on the body, but then we added the big skirt detail to the back.
Designing a dress that was going to be seen in such a vast and regal space of course meant that nothing too simple could be worn. This dress, however, as Beccaria states, is not particularly voluminous – and what stands out on these steps is the unique fabric and striking blush tones, which Ella knew she wanted from the start. .
“Just as she was sure she wanted something quite fitted to her figure, she was sure the dress should be blush rather than beige or ivory. After some trial and error, we finally went with lace. cream and cream embroidery, but placing them on top of a layer made up of several different shades of blush, which shines through.
Creating a dress fit for a royal bride is a unique task, but Beccaria insists she didn’t really feel any extra pressure, as it really is a different occasion than the Royal Wedding at Windsor Castle which has took place almost exactly a year ago. today.
“With Meghan’s dress, there was a very specific purpose and it was more about revealing her personality. She climbed that staircase alone and was then joined halfway by the future King of England. It was a statement so strong that the dress couldn’t be poetic or romantic.This simple dress had a very specific psychological message.
With Princess Eugenie too, there was a story to be told, albeit a completely different one from the tale Meghan had woven with her choice.
“Eugenie’s dress had a different meaning – it was a Disney moment, it was romantic and dreamy, but it didn’t score a point.”
Comparing Ella’s dress, marriage, and life in general to the other two is quite surprising, Beccaria says, as she doesn’t have the same pressure or attention on her. She is free to live her life as she sees fit, and while this fairytale moment has taken place today, it is not her normal life.
“Ella has this aesthetic environment that she completely embraces for her wedding, but it’s like a movie, it’s not part of her real life. She is a completely free person, she earns a living and she leads a normal life.
And all of this is precisely why Ella is the perfect embodiment of modern royalty, Beccaria explains.
“This woman represents to me the modern princess. She is free and determined, she works like a dog, she has her feet on the ground, she is humble and she speaks to everyone. And then at the same time, she’s very knowledgeable and interesting, she’s incredibly cultured.
The honor of making the dress comes from who Ella is, what royalty means, and translating it into a very modern royal wedding dress.
“For all these reasons and because she is such a special girl, I was so happy to make this dress. It was about studying how to nod to tradition because, being a royal wedding, you can’t forget that there is this story behind it but in the same way you project this woman into the modern world and interpret her own unique type of beauty, spirituality and soul in the dress.
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