Wedding dress of Wallis Warfield

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The Windsors on their wedding day

On the event of her wedding to Edward, Duke of Windsor on 3 June 1937 at the Château de Candé, Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (then known as Wallis Warfield[1][2]) wore a nipped-at-the-waist dress created by Mainbocher in what was termed her signature colour of "Wallis blue" reportedly to match her eyes. Her co-ordinating blue straw hat, by Caroline Reboux, had a halo effect with pale blue tulle and her matching gloves were created from the same blue silk crepe as her dress.[3][4]

In 1950, Wallis presented the dress to the Metropolitan Museum.[5] More than 25 years after the wedding it was still regarded as "one of the most photographed, most copied dresses of modern times".[6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Duke Awaiting His Wedding Day". Waycross Journal-Herald. 1937-05-11. p. 1. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Jun 1937 - Marriage of H.R.H. the Duke of Windsor to Mrs. Wallis Warfield". Keesing's. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  3. ^ "The Duke of Windsor's wedding". The Guardian. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Trevelyan, Laura (31 March 2011). "Wallis and Edward: An understated wedding for a controversial couple". BBC America. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Associated Press (12 December 1950). "Duchess Presents 'Wallis Blue' Bridal Dress To Museum". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Miller, Joy (1 June 1962). "One Wedding Gown Began A New Trend in Design". The Owosso Argus-Press. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Miller, Joy (1 June 1962). "Famous Gown Is 25 Years Old". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Miller, Joy (2 June 1962). "Most Copied Dress Still Talk Piece". The Portsmouth Times. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 

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