Valentino designs royal wedding gown

For Princess Madeleine of Sweden

When it comes to weddings, there’s nothing quite like a royal one. So when Princess Madeleine of Sweden married her financier sweetheart Christopher O’Neill in Stockholm this weekend, only a fairytale dress would do.

Step forward Valentino Garavani.

The master couturier created a dream, full-skirted gown of silk organdy and ivory Chantilly lace featuring a four metre train and a six metre-long veil, which was accessorised with a tiara decorated with fresh orange blossoms.

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So epic were its proportions that we can’t even show the whole sketch.

‘Working with Princess Madeleine has just been so easy,’ said Valentino of the project. ‘She is a very lovely girl. She is modern, fun, full of energy and enthusiasm, and she is so beautiful! It has been a pleasure and an honour.’

Wedding dress design is proving a lucrative new career for Valentino, who retired from his own-name label in 2008 (having earned plenty of matrimonial commissions during that time, too – perhaps most memorably, the dress that Jackie Kennedy wore to marry shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis in 1968).

In 2012, he created the pink ivory silk point d'esprit tulle gown in which Anne Hathaway married Adam Shulman.

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