Princess Eugenie of York may only be ninth in line to the throne, but she certainly knows how to make a fashion statement. Besides the lack of veil and her scandalously exposed back, anyone with a sharp eye may have caught another interesting feature of Princess Eugenie’s gorgeous wedding gown: it’s not plain white. The head-turning dress, created by British designer Peter Pilotto, has a subtle garland pattern that is easy to miss but that has an important symbolic meaning for Eugenie. The 28-year-old princess worked closely with the designers to collaborate on the dress, and the result is a gown that has a lot more detail to it than it seems at first glance.
Included in the detail design is a thistle for Scotland as a nod to Balmoral, the Scottish holiday home to the royal family; a shamrock for Ireland, which represents Eugenie’s maternal side of the family; the York rose, which is the symbol of the House of York; and ivy, which alludes to the Ivy Cottage where Princess Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank will live after the wedding. According to the official press release, these special symbols were then “reinterpreted in a garland of rope like motifs, woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend.”
For Pilotto, creating pieces that tell a story is not new to him. As he told Pret-a-Reporter back in 2015, “You don’t really know our clothes from the runway. You need to experience them in person and touch them to understand how much work, experimentation, patterns and building goes into every collection.” Check out the gallery for an up-close-and-personal look at Eugenie’s striking gown.