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Wedding outfits of HRH Princess Eugenie of York and Mr Jack Brooksbank on display at Windsor Castle

Release date: Friday, 8 February 2019

The wedding outfits of HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are on display at Windsor Castle in a special exhibition A Royal Wedding: HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank.

The Princess’s wedding dress was designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, who in 2007 founded the British-based label Peter Pilotto, known for its innovative textile design.  Princess Eugenie met the designers while co-hosting an event in support of women artists and has been wearing designs by the brand for several years.

Princess Eugenie, Mr Pilotto and Mr De Vos worked closely together on the design of the dress.  The designers researched previous wedding dresses worn by members of the Royal Family and identified a silhouette.  During several fittings, the dress was developed layer by layer, from the corset and complex underskirt to the fitted bodice and full pleated skirt.  The dress has a neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back, which drapes into a flowing full-length train.  Her Royal Highness specifically requested a low back to show the scar from surgery she underwent aged 12 to correct scoliosis.

HRH Princess Eugenie's wedding dress, on display in the Grand reception Room at Windsor Castle

HRH Princess Eugenie's wedding dress, on display in the Grand Reception Room at Windsor Castle ©

The fabric of the dress, also designed by Mr Pilotto and Mr De Vos, includes a number of symbols that are meaningful to Princess Eugenie. They include the White Rose of York and ivy, representing the couple’s home, Ivy Cottage.  The symbols were reinterpreted in a garland motif which was woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend using an intricate weaving technique. 

Princess Eugenie wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, which was lent to her by Her Majesty The Queen.  On public display for the first time, the tiara is made of brilliant and rose cut diamonds pavé set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side.  It was made by the Parisian jewellery house Boucheron for Mrs Greville in 1919 in the fashionable ‘kokoshnik’ style popularised in the Russian Imperial Court.  Mrs Greville bequeathed the tiara to Queen Elizabeth, consort of King George VI, in 1942.  Princess Eugenie’s diamond and emerald drop earrings, which were a wedding gift from the groom, will also be on display.

Mr Jack Brooksbank’s wedding outfit was a black and grey morning suit with a vivid blue waistcoat, made by tailors at Huntsman on Savile Row.  

The exhibition also includes Princess Eugenie’s evening gown, created by the American designer Zac Posen. Mr Posen took inspiration from the beauty of Windsor Castle and the surrounding countryside, and chose a fabric in the blush colour of an English rose. The gown is made of British silk chiffon and incorporates a cape, subtly embroidered with the White Rose of York, gathered at the lower back and draping into a softly pleated full-length train.

A Royal Wedding: HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank is part of a visit to Windsor Castle from 1 March to 22 April 2019.