It’s fair to say that the dress Queen Elizabeth II wore for her wedding to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, 70 years ago today, is truly iconic. With its scalloped hem, intricate embroidery and 13ft train, it remains as breathtaking today as it did on its debut in front of 2,000 guests in Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947. Just as timeless and impactful as you would expect a real life princess’ bridal gown to be. It was a labour of love. Designed by royal couturier Sir Norman Hartnell, the ivory dress took Hartnell and his team of 350 seamstresses weeks to create. The finished design was made from Chinese silk, boasted a heart-shaped neckline, fitted bodice and a whole load of pearls. Around 10,000 to be exact. Glittering crystals, embroidered roses and a star-patterned train also featured – the latter a rather modern feature for a bride in the 40s. The train is said to have been inspired by Bottielli’s painting of Primavera from 1482 and covered in delicate floral designs. According to the Royal Collection Trust , it was meant to symbolise “rebirth and growth” in Britain after the war. But the team was rewarded. The seamstresses were given a prime spot outside Buckingham Palace on the day of the wedding, so they could see their handiwork worn by the woman it was created for. Despite the then-princess’ royal status, the material had to be purchased with ration vouchers like all other British brides in the post-war days. Engaged women were provided with 200 clothing coupons for their dress. Women across the UK sent their ration vouchers to the royal bride-to-be to ensure she would have the dress of her dreams. However, it was illegal to give coupons away and the kind donations had to be returned. Her Majesty, aged 21 at the time, paired the dress with ivory high-heeled, sandal-style shoes designed by Edward Rayne, whose footwear designs were also favourited by Hollywood legends Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor. Scroll to see all the photos. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK. Read more from Yahoo Style UK: Famous and iconic celebrity wedding dresses Wedding anniversary themes for each year – and what to buy Pippa Middleton’s wedding: What every celebrity guest wore
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The rumor mill is churning — Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender reportedly got married in Ibiza on Sunday. The Oscar-winning actress and the Assassin’s Creed actor were photographed by the Daily Mail wearing bands on their wedding fingers over the weekend. Prior to Sunday, Vikander was photographed wearing a white Zimmermann Prima Dot Broiderie Day Dress while spending time with friends and family on the beach-town island. The actress accessorized with playful heart-shaped sunglasses and simple nude slides. While it’s not been confirmed that this white bohemian dress is the actual wedding dress Vikander wore to marry Fassbender, it’s a possibility. Vikander and Fassbender met on the set of the 2014 film The Light Between Oceans. The pair have been very private during their three-year relationship, so a secret-wedding rendezvous in Ibizia is not too far-fetched. But if you are inspired by Vikander’s island wedding look, click through the gallery to shop the Zimmermann dress and other similar beach-inspired wedding dresses. Read More from Yahoo Lifestyle: • The complete Fashion Week trend guide for Spring 2018 • Why is Jennifer Lawrence wearing a wedding dress? • Size 14 model called ‘an icon for a new generation of girls’ after walking in India Fashion Week Follow us on Instagram , Facebook , and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.