Why Princess Eugenie chose a wedding dress with a plunging back
Published Friday, October 12, 2018 9:34AM EDT
On her big day, Princess Eugenie chose to wear a dress that would show off her scars, rather than hide them.
As she wed husband Jack Brooksbank on Friday, Eugenie wore a flowing white dress she helped create with British designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.
The dress featured a plunging backline that revealed Eugenie’s scars stemming from scoliosis surgery she had at age 12.
Scoliosis is a condition that causes an abnormal curve of the spine. Eugenie still has two 30-centimetre rods in her back, though the condition is not expected to cause any long-term issues for the princess.
“She chose to say to people: ‘We’re not going to cover this up. It happened, it’s part of my body and we’re going to celebrate it,’” Richard Berthelsen, CTV News' royal commentator, told CTV News Channel. “I think that was a very bold choice that she’s made and really fitting given her charitable interests.”
Eugenie had her back surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London, U.K. The hospital’s new accommodation unit has been named “Princess Eugenie House” in honour of her ongoing charitable efforts for the facility.
While designing the dress, Pilotto and De Vos spent time researching other bridal gowns worn by members of the Royal Family before coming up with a silhouette for Eugenie.
“During several fittings the dress was developed layer by layer, constructing it from the corset and the complex underskirt to the fitted bodice and full pleated skirt,” the Royal Family wrote in a statement. “The dress features a neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back that drapes into a flowing full-length train.”
The wedding dress’ fabric contains motifs that are also symbolic to Eugenie, including:
- a thistle acknowledging Balmoral, the holiday home for the Royal Family,
- a shamrock as an acknowledgment to Eugenie’s Irish heritage, and
- some York rose and ivy representing the newlyweds’ home, the Ivy cottage in Kensington Palace.
These symbols were reinterpreted “in a garland of rope like motifs, woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend.”
Once the fabric was completed, it was sent to the Como region of Italy where it was translated into a jacquard weave.
“The result is a very modern-looking fabric using a highly intricate weaving technique,” the statement said.
As for jewelry, Eugenie wore an emerald tiara that Queen Elizabeth II lent to her for the big day along with diamond and emerald earrings, which were a wedding gift from Brooksbank.
Today is International Scoliosis Awareness Day and I’m very proud to share my X Rays for the very first time. I also want to honour the incredible staff at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital who work tirelessly to save lives and make people better. They made me better and I am delighted to be their patron of the Redevelopment Appeal. To hear more of my story visit http://www.rnohcharity.org/the-appeal/princess-eugenie-s-story @the.rnoh.charity #TheRNOHCharity #RedevelopmentAppeal #RNOH #NHS