Nancy Shevell's Wedding Dress Inspiration Revealed

10/11/2011 at 03:00 PM ET

Paul McCartney Wedding DressLefteris Pitarakis/AP

When Nancy Shevell married Paul McCartney in London on Sunday, it wasn’t surprising to hear that Stella McCartney designed the couple’s wedding attire. After all, the newlyweds are front-row regulars at the designer’s fashion shows, and Shevell typically wears her now-stepdaughter’s designs on the red carpet.

But the real inspiration for the bride’s dress, it turns out, came from the Duchess of Windsor, wedding guest Barbara Walters revealed on Tuesday’s episode of The View.

“Stella redid it for her,” the host (the new Lady McCartney’s second cousin) said of the high-necked, long-sleeved crepe gown (below) Wallis Simpson wore when she married the Duke of Windsor in 1937. The designer back then: Mainbocher, a Paris couturier.

Shevell’s dress — which featured a lower neckline and a shorter hemline — was the first of three outfits she wore on the big day. For the reception, held in a tent at the groom’s home, she changed into another Stella creation, “a long, beautiful sort of plum-color chiffon dress,” said Walters. She then added that at one point, the couple “went upstairs and they put on jeans and T-shirts.”

Stella wasn’t the only McCartney who contributed something special to the wedding: her sister Mary, a photographer, took pictures of the family during the ceremony at the Old Marylebone Town Hall, Walters shared, and their brother, James, toasted the newlyweds at the reception. (There were only two other toasts: one by Shevell’s son, Arlen, and one by Paul, honoring fellow Beatle John Lennon on what would have been his 71st birthday.) Paul’s youngest daughter Beatrice, 7, was a flower girl, and also wore a dress by Stella.

Wallace Simpson Wedding DressUniversal History Archive/Getty

–Joey Bartolomeo


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Courtney on

Windsor doesn’t have a Dutchess Princess Margaret didn’t get a title when she married nor did Queen Elizabeth the 2nd until she became queen in 1952

Krystal on

The Duchess of Windsor was Edward VIII”s wife. He married her after he steped down from the throne for his brother George VI; who is Queen Elizabeth’s father. He was then given the title Duke of Windsor by his brother in 1936. Which then made his new wife Wallis Simpson the Duchess of WIndsor.

miss scarlet on

this was a great dress for a 50ish year old. pretty and sophisticated. nothing’s worse than someone wearing an outfit that’s too young for them!

Linda on

The more I see this dress, the more I like it. It’s elegant and classy. I never understood why Paul’s second wife refused his daughter Stella’s offer to design her wedding dress. Good luck to them.

Priscilla on

Paul canĀ“t understand yet that the only love of his life will always be Linda, all the others are just gold diggers. He is not handsome or even attractive at his age.

Dee on

Priscilla: What an ageist thing to say. The man is almost 70. Of course he doesn’t look like he’s 20. But I think he’s the cutest 70-year-old I’ve ever seen. And he’s in GREAT shape. I’d marry him in a heartbeat. But then I’m 50, not 18, which is how old you sound.

MaryAnn on

It also appears to be influenced by the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown neckline.

Petra on

Did not like her shoes or dress
And it was not as clssy as the Brits (Windsor)

Amy on

Considering that Nancy is already wealthy ( as was Linda ) I fail to see how she can be called a gold digger.

lilkunta on

linda eastman wasnt wealthy. she was a photogrpaher for RS. unless you know of some wealth?

too, what is nancy’s wealth? 10mill? 100 mill?
I dont know why Pual wont be smart nad get a prenup.

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