The Duchess of York, 1986
Society designer Lindka Cierach worked secretly in her atelier with a team of seamstresses for weeks to create the voluminous, rich ivory silk gown that Sarah Ferguson wore when she married Prince Andrew. Sarah collaborated closely with Lindka to design a spectacular, show-stopping dress which showcased her love for the Prince, with tributes and personal details, such as the large beaded “A” for Andrew on the train. The beaded bodice and padded sleeves reflected the grandiose style of the time. A large bow adorned the back, which opened out into a five-metre train. Hearts and waves adorned the bodice, while thistles, flowers, bumblebees and an anchor were embroidered into the train. For her walk down the aisle and the ceremony, Sarah wore a coronet of gardenias, which was removed at the end to reveal a tiara of leaves rendered in diamond-studded platinum that had been given to her by Queen Elizabeth II.