Royal Wedding Gowns The World Fell In Love With

Post-War Era Fashion

Princess Elizabeth's wedding dress
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Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Elizabeth and Philip’s wedding happened following the end of World War II, so the rationing of resources was in full effect for the United Kingdom. Rationing coupons were used to obtain the material for this dress, which was designed by Norman Hartnell. Hartnell, whose signature was detailed embroidery, said that it was “the most beautiful dress [he] had so far made.”

Elizabeth, who did her own makeup for the event, wore a dress of white satin, complemented by a train that was embellished with white crystals and pearls in floral patterns. On the morning of her marriage, Elizabeth accidentally broke her tiara. Luckily, the court jeweler was on standby to repair her tiara before the ceremony.