11 Celebrities Who Wore Long-Sleeved Wedding Dresses
Wedding dresses come in all shapes and sizes (and colors, if you're Gwen Stefani), but nothing is more timeless than long sleeves—just ask Kate Middleton. While Princess Kate's Alexander McQueen gown is perhaps the most iconic among long-sleeve celebrity dresses, plenty of other stars have gotten in on the action, and we're rounding them up.
Grace Kelly's Helen Rose-designed dress was a clear inspiration for Kate Middleton's gown, which also had lace sleeves and a v-neck. The dress was made from "25 yards of heavy taffeta, 25 yards of silk taffeta, 100 yards of silk net, and 300 yards of lace," and featured a high neck. If that's not intense enough for you, the entire lace bodice (sleeves and all) was re-embroidered to hide the seams.
Nicky Hilton's $77,000 Valentino gown had major Grace Kelly vibes, with a high neck and guipure lace sleeves. "I went through every look from [Valentino's] collections over the last 10 years," Nicky said of her dress. "I studied the archives, and I just sent notes about details I liked — a certain sleeve, a high neckline." The gown had a three meter-long train and was embellished with crystals.
Allison Williams had a very specific reason for wearing long-sleeves on her wedding day: the temperature, duh. The Girls star asked that her couture Oscar de la Renta wedding gown (which featured "pastel degradé hand embroidered thread work and 3D organza flowers") be outfitted with lace sleeves because "I’m always cold!" Fair.
Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn wore a high collared 3/4 sleeves Balmain dress for her 1954 wedding to Mel Ferrer. She paired the gown with white gloves, giving the illusion of ultra long sleeves.
Princess Diana's Pamella Roland DeVos wedding gown is basically the most '80s thing ever, and those long sleeves are all kinds of unique. Instead of being sleek and form fitting like Kate's, Diana's dress had super puffy arms that even the designer couldn't help but comment on: "Diana’s dress was very ’80s, it had the sleeves and was overwhelming," she said before the royal wedding. "Kate won’t do that." Nailed it.
French film actress Brigitte Bardot wore a high-collared dress (avec muff) during her 1952 wedding to Roger Vadim, who reportedly said, “Brigitte designed and chose the material for the white, handsewn wedding dress from Madame Ogive, the dressmaker on the Rue de Passy.”
Sure, Olivia Palermo's wedding dress was long sleeved, but said sleeves weren't lace. Talk about a break from the norm! Instead of getting her Grace Kelly on, Palermo wore a three-piece Carolina Herrera wedding outfit complete with a cream-colored cashmere sweater. So chic, stylish and edgy, we basically cannot even.
Kate Middleton's gown was designed by Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, and was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework, who washed their hands every 30 minutes while working on the dress. While Kate certainly isn't the first bride to wear long-sleeves on her wedding day, her gown was trendsetting to say the least. Bye, halter-necks!
Sharon Tate wore a yellow puff-sleeved super short gown of her own design during her 1968 marriage to Roman Polanski. It had a high collar, and was basically the most '60s thing to happen to bridal fashion—though to be honest, her ribboned hair really makes this look. "Sharon was one of the most beautiful brides I had even seen," Joan Collins said. "It was a fabulous wedding and everyone had a fabulous time."
Yeah, Christina Ricci wore three-quarter length lace sleeves on her wedding day, but they weren't what you'd normally expect thanks to some seriously cool shoulder cut-outs. You've done it again, Givenchy!
Kim Kardashian also went for the long-sleeved look, wearing a couture Givenchy lace gown by designer Riccardo Tisci with sheer paneling and an open back. Basically, a very Kardashian play on a very Middleton look.