“[Giambattista Valli] had created that same fabric in a fuchsia-and-pink combination for a dress in a previous collection,” Biel says in the January issue of ELLE. “And I asked him if he could create that same pattern in a white combination, and he suggested pink.”
The final result was, of course, that now-famous dress: a custom petal-pink strapless gown of silk mousseline and silk organza with a light-pink floral motif. “It was a bit of a leap of faith at the time, but it turned out better than I could have ever imagined,” she admits in the cover story. “[Putting it on], I felt like I had made the right choice. I felt elegant. And it moved like a dream.”
Though Biel was somewhat hesitant to wear a pink gown, she never envisioned herself walking down the aisle in anything particularly traditional, either.
“I have never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses, for me at least,” she says. “I wanted the dress to be very romantic and feminine and a shape that I very rarely wear.” Well, we’d say mission accomplished.
To read Biel’s interview — and to see the actress posing with some of fashion’s greatest designers (she’s seen below with Valli) — pick up the January issue of ELLE, on newsstands Dec. 18, or visit ELLE.com. Tell us: How do you feel about non-white wedding dresses?