Charlene Wittstock's Custom Wedding Gown: All the Details!

07/05/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

Charlene Wittstock Wedding Dress
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When Charlene Wittstock walked down the aisle in Monaco on Saturday, her “something new” was something stunning: a custom Giorgio Armani Privé gown. The now-princess wore a gown made of off-white silk duchesse satin, with a long train and crossover detail on the front and back which formed a second “à l’andrienne” train. The front of the dress, trim and train were embellished with floral embroidery crafted with Swarovski crystals and mother of pearl teardrops in white and gold hues. “The idea was to go for a completely modern look, without any obvious sense of nostalgia or revivalism,” Armani — who also dressed Wittstock’s father and brothers, plus several other wedding guests — said in a release. “I felt this was appropriate given that there would inevitably be comparisons with Princess Grace, and though such comparisons are of course a sign of admiration, each person has their own individual and unique style, and style is an expression of the times.” Wittstock topped her look with an off-white silk tulle veil, which required 20 meters of fabric and more than 100 hours of manpower to create. At the reception, the bride wore a white gold “Diamond Spray” tiara by Lorenz Bäumer, a delicate crown of 11 encrusted diamond pears weighing up to eight carats each. The headpiece was made to reflect Wittstock’s love of the sea, and according to a release, symbolized a “joyous outpouring of ocean foam.”

Charlene Wittstock Wedding DressCourtesy Armani

Charlene Wittstock Wedding Dress
Courtesy Armani


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JL88 on

Elegant, stunning gown. A pity about the groom, though…don’t think he will make her happy.

shannon on

absolutely stunning dress the groom isn’t tho

rubyhaze on

Why does he never look happy? What a difference in wedding photos from William and Kate! Hope that’s just the public persona, and not a sign of things to come.

kamla on

The designer’s drawing looks more like an A-Line dress and the actual didn’t do the drawn design justice. Charlene’s shoulders are extremely broad and the fitted design of her gown accentuated her broad shoulders. Not a big fan of the dress.

ramone on

what a farce. the white is supposed to symbolize purity and virtue. this man has two children out of wedlock and these two have been living together for years. gambling is the main source of revenue in the “royal realm”. and it’s all dipped in beautiful, traditional catholicism! and true fairy tale in the making!

Susan Lewis on

Lovely. He isn’t a big smiler, but, known to be a really good guy.

Cuddy on

I liked the design but on her the dress didn’t look right! It looked to big and made her shoulders look HUGE!

pk on

Stunning dress but these two really didn’t look all that happy. Maybe it was the lousy rumors of last week, maybe she’s not a smiley type person. But I’m not so sure this will be a “happily ever after” story.

KK on

That’s the groom? I thought it was her dad. YICKS!
Charlene looks gorgeous.

antoniah on

Ramone, the kids are his, not hers. Seriously, how many ladies who got married in a church weading wearing white gowns that you can count were virgin, had never lived with a boyfriend, etc? Pick on how sad she looked throughout, on how her bridesmaid totally failed her not looking after her train being well placed during the cerimony (just thrown there) and walking out (sort of “rolled-up”–definitely not like the sketch) or st else.

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