It’s officially wedding season! The perfect dress, a dream location and gorgeous table settings – there’s so much to think about when planning the big day. To help you get inspired, we’re taking a look back at the most iconic wedding veils today, ranging from classic to daring. Plus, we have some expert quotes from wedding milliner Lizzie Mcquade…
1. Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face – 1957
For her on-screen wedding in Funny Face, Audrey Hepburn was styled by Edith Head, who was awarded one of her eight Oscars for the film’s costumes. Naturally the look, and the veil in particular, have since gained icon status. Milliner Lizzie Mcquade says it was “sweet and ethereal, topped off with a little silk bow. I love that it’s a timeless piece, perfect for a feminine bride.”
2. Kate Moss – 2011
Kate Moss’ veil and lace cap were made in the same pale shade of eggshell white as her John Galliano dress and gave the whole look a vintage, almost 20s-flapper, feel. With delicate floral stitching and white-gold sequins, it was a typically unique and beautiful addition to the supermodel’s wedding outfit.
3. Grace Kelly – 1956
“One of the most iconic brides of all time, Grace Kelly was the epitome of elegance in her intricately detailed headpiece”, says Lizzie Mcquade. The veil consisted of a lace headband, covered in layers of sheer tulle with embroidered trims.
4. Gwen Stefani – 2002
It doesn’t always have to be all-white. Gwen Stefani chose a floor-length veil dipped in pink dye at the end to match her ombré John Galliano dress. Finished with rose patches at the top, it made for a classic veil with a cool, modern twist.
5. Bianca Jagger – 1971
Not one to stick to conventions, Bianca Jagger swapped the wedding dress for a white YSL smoking jacket and long skirt, and the classic veil for a sun hat draped with white tulle.
6. Poppy Delevingne – 2014
Sometimes less is more. To go with her encrusted Chanel Couture dress, Poppy Delevingne opted for a plain, trailing veil clipped to the back of her blonde locks. The veil was in fact so long model sister Cara Delevingne had to carry it along the streets to keep it from getting dirty.
7. Brigitte Bardot in Come Dance with Me – 1959
The second movie veil in this list comes from the French Come Dance with Me, worn by actress and style icon Brigitte Bardot. The sweeping, voluminous layers of tulle were held together by a crown of white flower stems.
8. Priscilla Presley – 1967
Similar to Brigitte Bardot’s on-screen veil, Priscilla Presley also chose an extravagant amount of tulle and a crown on her wedding day – the crown was adorned with crystals, while the veil was waist-length.
Need more help? To celebrate the launch of Topshop Bride, we’ve teamed up with A Most Curious Wedding Fair to make your big day extra special. On Thursday 13th and Friday 14th of April we’re hosting a mini wedding pop up fair at Topshop Oxford Circus where a selection of partners will be offering wedding inspiration and gifts on minimum spend. Open to all, no booking necessary.