Marie-Chantal of Greece - 1995 Twenty-five seamstresses were said to have worked on Princess Marie-Chantal’s wedding dress, designed by Valentino. The London-born beauty wowed in an ivory silk gown studded with rose appliqués, finished with a lace bodice and sleeves. Twelve different kinds of lace were used to complete the creation.
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands - 2002 Queen Máxima and her mother-in-law, then-Queen Beatrix, travelled to Valentino’s studio in Rome to discuss their requirements for a gown that would take people’s breath away. Valentino lived up to his reputation, creating a long-sleeved cowl-necked confection, made of heavy ivory Mikado silk that kept Máxima warm on her February nuptials. The gown flared out slightly from the waist, emphasising her figure. Máx’s five-metre-train was made from the same fabric and inset with panels of embroidered lace.
Princess Madeleine of Sweden - 2013 Madeleine’s gown was fashioned from pleated silk organza with appliquéd ivory-hued Chantilly lace. The upper section of the bodice was also made of lace and featured a deep-cut back. Narrow vertical pleats opened up from the accentuated waist, above the wide skirt, which ended with a four-metre-long train.
Valentino said of the bride: “It was just so easy. She is a very lovely girl. She is modern, full of energy and enthusiasm, and she is so beautiful. It has been a pleasure and an honour.”