Keira Knightley Reveals Why She Rewore That Chanel Dress For Her Wedding Day

17 March 2014 by

Keira with James on her wedding day and with Rupert Friend in 2008 [Getty]

Keira with James on her wedding day and with Rupert Friend in 2008 [Getty]

The likes of Kate Middleton have made wardrobe recycling totally acceptable in the celebrity world, but it's not often you see someone rewearing their wedding dress. Then there was Keira Knightley. 

The actress married James Righton last year wearing a frothy Chanel frock that she'd already worn for a red carpet event. Cue gasp number one. Fast forward a few months and she cracked it out again for the SeriousFun Children's Network London Gala. Cue gasp number two. Now, in an interview with The Telegraph, Keira reveals that it's because she feels so comfortable in the dress.

'I'd worn the dress lots. It was my something old,' she says of her wedding day ensemble. 'And I liked not making a big deal about it. I just wanted to be in something I had had a great time in, something I would have a great time in again.' Well that makes sense.

What's more, Karl Lagerfeld designed a jacket to give it a fresh spin. Topped off with a pair of Ray Ban sunnies and nude pumps, it's become one of our favourite wedding outfits ever.

Keira Knightley Recycles Chanel Wedding Dress For SeriousFun Gala

Keira Knightley at the SeriousFun Children's Network London Gala [Getty]

But it looks like we may not be seeing the dress for a fourth time. Why? Because it's now covered in red wine. Oops. 'I didn't quite realise the extent of it until I got home,' she says of the spillage. 'It's quite impressively splattered. But, hey, a good night is a good night and when a dress has had its time, maybe it's had its time. I'm pretty sure I can get it out but, if I can't, I'm happy with the memory of a good night and the story of how the dress got destroyed.' What with Lily Allen losing her wedding gown and Keira's splattering hers in wine, we're wondering whether there's a Chanel wedding dress curse we're not aware of?

The interview also sees Keira dishing on being the face of Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle fragrance which inevitably means first dibs on Monsieur Lagerfeld's creations. 'I get to dress up as somebody different. When I'm on the red carpet, it's, 'Oooh, who am I going to be tonight?' And I like that, I think that's quite fun.'

But she doesn't always get precedence on the French fashion house's frocks. 'A couple of times the archive stuff has been made available to me, though it doesn't always work because sometimes other people have bagsied the dress,' she says. And by 'other people', she means American Vogue. Yep, there's no getting round Anna Wintour, even if you are Karl's muse.

See more of Keira's style hits in the gallery below...

Keira Knightley in Erdem at 'Begin Again' premiere, New York City – June 25, 2014

Keira Knightley attends the 'Begin Again' premiere at SVA Theatre, New York City - June 25, 2014

Keira Knightley at the premiere of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - January 20, 2014

Keira Knightley at the Chanel show Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 - March 4, 2014

Keira Knightley at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival - April 26, 2014

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Keira Knightley In Chanel at ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ LA Premiere - 15 January 2014

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Keira Knightley in Mary Katrantzou at Toronto Film Festival - September 2013

Keira looks divine in peach lace at the 2012 'Anna Karenina' Premiere after party

Keira opts for a mint Erdem gown for the 2012 ‘Anna Karenina' premiere

Keira chose Burberry Prorsum for an appearance on the Jay Leno show in 2012

For the 2012 premiere of ‘Seeking A Friend For The End Of The Earth’, Keira opted for a beautiful Valentino gown

Keira opts for bright red vintage-style shorts as she strolls with fiancé James Righton in 2012

Keira shows off her love of vintage-prints while strolling with fiancé James Righton in 2012

Keira made jaws drop as she attended the 2012 'A Dangerous Method’ premiere dressed in this fairytale-like Valentino gown

For the 2008 premiere of ‘The Edge of Love’, Keira opted for a ruffled Erdem dress

Risqué Rodarte was Keira’s choice for the 2007 ‘Atonement’ premiere

Keira show off her A-list status at the 2006 Golden Globe Awards in a crisp white Valentino gown

Keira went for ladylike glamour at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival in a grey tweed Galaxy dress by Roland Mouret

Sporting a new cropped do, Keira chooses a revealing beaded gown for the 2004 Film Festival Gala

Keira opts for a midriff baring top and jeans for The World Premiere of 'Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl' in 2003

Keira wears a grunge-inspired lace number to the 'Bend It Like Beckham' premiere in 2002


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