Nancy Shevell’s Stella McCartney wedding dress was inspired by Wallis Simpson!

12 October 2011

Would you like to know what the inspiration for Nancy Shevell’s Stella McCartney wedding dress was? None other than the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, and the dress she wore when she married the Duke of Windsor in 1937!

Barbara Walters, US television icon - and, it turns out, second cousin to Nancy (we wondered why she was there; pictured in the dress dress to the top left) - has revealed on ‘The View’ that the bride’s new step-daughter, Stella McCartney, designed Nancy a dress based on the Duchess’ original design. 

‘Stella redid it for her’ Walters said yesterday, though Shevell’s gown features several contemporary twists, making it more suited to a city wedding than the extravagant setting of the Château de Candé, where Simpson married the Duke. The original design was created by Mainbocher (the renowned Parisian couturier who worked from 1929 to 1971) and featured a floor length skirt and high round neckline. It was cut from silk crepe in a shade of pale blue dubbed ‘Wallis blue’; pictured above with a replica, right.

Shevell’s dress was, obviously, white, and features a lower cut V neckline than the original design, as well as a knee length skirt, as opposed to a floor length skirt with mermaid hem.

Later in the evening, Barbara revealed that the bride changed into ‘a long, beautiful sort of plum-color chiffon dress’ (no pics of that, sadly, but we’re having fun guessing what it was) before both she and new hubby Sir Paul ‘went upstairs and they put on jeans and T-shirts’. AHEM.

- Alex Butt


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