The princess wore a Giorgio Armani Prive gown and dazzling diamond tiara

By Kate Hogan
Updated July 05, 2011 02:30 PM

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When Charlene Wittstock walked down the aisle in Monaco on Saturday, her “something new” was something stunning: a custom Giorgio Armani Privé gown. The now-princess wore a gown made of off-white silk duchesse satin, with a long train and crossover detail on the front and back which formed a second “à l’andrienne” train. The front of the dress, trim and train were embellished with floral embroidery crafted with Swarovski crystals and mother of pearl teardrops in white and gold hues. “The idea was to go for a completely modern look, without any obvious sense of nostalgia or revivalism,” Armani — who also dressed Wittstock’s father and brothers, plus several other wedding guests — said in a release. “I felt this was appropriate given that there would inevitably be comparisons with Princess Grace, and though such comparisons are of course a sign of admiration, each person has their own individual and unique style, and style is an expression of the times.” Wittstock topped her look with an off-white silk tulle veil, which required 20 meters of fabric and more than 100 hours of manpower to create. At the reception, the bride wore a white gold “Diamond Spray” tiara by Lorenz Bäumer, a delicate crown of 11 encrusted diamond pears weighing up to eight carats each. The headpiece was made to reflect Wittstock’s love of the sea, and according to a release, symbolized a “joyous outpouring of ocean foam.”


Courtesy Armani

Charlene Wittstock Wedding Dress

Courtesy Armani