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Peter Pilotto

Wedding dress 2018

Jacquared silk | RCIN 250467

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Princess Eugenie, Mr Pilotto and Mr De Vos worked closely together on the design of the dress, researching 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. 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 a thistle for Scotland, acknowledging the couple’s fondness for Balmoral; a shamrock for Ireland, as a reflection of the bride’s maternal family; the White Rose of York; and ivy, representing the couple’s home, Ivy Cottage. The symbols were reinterpreted in a garland motif, created with an intricate weaving technique.