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From red carpet to wedding aisle

Celebrity styles can influence brides' gown choices

This Sept. 21, 1996 file photo shows John F. Kennedy Jr., the son of President John F. Kennedy, and Carolyn Bessette as they leave a church after being wed in a small private ceremony on Cumberland Island, off the coast of Georgia. The extravagance of the mid-'80s largely went out with the stock-market crash in 1987, and wedding gowns started down a path toward simpler and chicer. (Photo: Denis Reggie)
This Sept. 21, 1996 file photo shows John F. Kennedy Jr., the son of President John F. Kennedy, and Carolyn Bessette as they leave a church after being wed in a small private ceremony on Cumberland Island, off the coast of Georgia. The extravagance of the mid-'80s largely went out with the stock-market crash in 1987, and wedding gowns started down a path toward simpler and chicer. (Photo: Denis Reggie)
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When Kate Middleton walked down the aisle last spring to marry Prince William, the would-be brides watching out homed in on her dress. Bridal industry insiders expected her gown to be copied many times over. Some wedding dresses leave a legacy beyond the next-day knockoffs: Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen stunner, Princess Diana’s grand gown, Grace Kelly’s glamorous one, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s simple tank — and especially Queen Victoria’s white ball gown — changed the way ...


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