Valentino Garavani designed a bespoke bridal gown for a royal wedding at the weekend. The designer created the dress worn by Princess Madeleine of Sweden as she married a Manhattan banker Christopher O’Neill at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on Saturday.
The dress was made from silk organdies and ivory Chantilly lace, and featured a full skirt with a four-metre-long train. The accompanying six-metre-long veil was covered with Chantilly lace flowers and edged with silk tulle, and was worn with a royal tiara decorated with fresh orange blossoms.
Despite retiring from the label bearing his name in 2008, the designer continues to work on special commissions – most recently also creating the wedding dress for actress Anne Hathaway.
Which princess is she? Not the heir to the throne — that’s her older sister Victoria, who married the nice fitness trainer three years ago — but the one with the chick-lit life: Heartbroken after her previous fiancé allegedly cheated on her with a Norwegian handball player, she fled to a new life in New York, started working at her mother’s non-profit World Childhood Foundation, and found love again with a handsome hedge funder.
They’ll make their home in New York: He passed up the offer for a royal title, which would have required he become a Swedish citizen.