published: 2011-11-22 07:16:35
Bella's wedding dress in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
was such a big deal that it was left out of all the promotional materials, with every shot of her at the wedding carefully trained on her face. It was such a big deal that it was revealed in stages in the film, starting with closeups and eventually giving fans the full shot when she stepped up to the altar. As I wrote in my review
of the movie, the dress was being treated like the kind of spectacle you usually see in male-driven action movies-- yards of satin instead of giant fireballs. And the dress isn't just a phenomenon within the movie-- it's now about to be a bestseller for actual, real-life brides.
Today the Bella dress, made by retailer Alfred Angelo based on Carolina Herrera's original design for the film, ships to stores, selling for $799 to brides everywhere who want to have a big day as enchanted as Bella Swan's. It's a pretty near match for the dress Kristen Stewart wears in the film, with long sleeves trimmed in lace, a plunging cut-out back and stitching in the front to define the bride's waist. Bella's dress was made of silk but the version you can wear is liquid satin-- that's the price you pay to get a custom designer gown for $799 retail.
Designer Michael Shettel admits to The Washington Post
that the gown is unlikely to sell to the non-Twihards, saying “It really is for a Twilight fan because it does represent what the film is about." But he catches himself to add "I think the silhouette transcends may different viewpoints.” In a way I think he's right-- the long sleeves and lace details are hugely reminiscent of Kate Middleton's wedding dress
, which instantly inspired brides everywhere even if they weren't clamoring to buy an exact copy. It's hard to know which family I'd less rather marry into-- a clan of vampires or the British royals-- but even I envy those wedding dresses. So, mission accomplished?