Monaco Museum Displays Royal Wedding Dress

Days after their I do’s, the fairytale frock which transformed Charlene Wittstock from a private citizen into a princess has gone on display as part of the “Story of the Royal Wedding (l’Histoire du Mariage Princiers”) exhibition, housed at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

Through November 22, 2011, wedding watchers and fans of fashion alike can get an up close look at the bride’s Giorgio Armani Prive gown, a couture creation 2,500 hours in the making. Constructed of off-white silk duchesse and silk organza, the dress is an iconic interpretation of royal romance which features embroidered petals of floral finery, 20,000 delicate mother of pearl teardrops and 40,000 Swarovski crystals which dance in the light.

Bridal accessories a will also be on display, including the diaphanous silk tulle veil which floated behind the bride as she made her way to the altar, while the diamonds and sapphires which adorn the tiara made as a gift from the groom to his bride by Van Cleef & Arpels (see video below) dance in the light inside its own display case.

Taking its rightful place beside the Princess’s gown is the uniform worn by Prince Albert II of Monaco– a cream-colored outfit accented with gold embroidered oak and olive leaves on the sleeves and golden button emblazoned with the groom’s monarchical monogram.

Visitors will also get a glimpse of post-vow items, including the cutlery used at the reception, wedding gifts from around the world and the vehicle which bore the newlyweds to Saint Devote church, where the newly-dubbed princess placed her wedding bouquet (see video below).

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