Debenhams Reveals the Best and Worst Wedding Dresses

By Debenhams, PRNE
Thursday, April 28, 2011

LONDON, April 29, 2011 - Debenhams has revealed which dressed have been voted the best and worst
wedding dress by British Women.

British women favour the celebrity wedding dresses ( of yesteryear over
the choices by more contemporary icons, according to Debenhams wedding list

Jackie Onassis' Anne Lowe wedding dress was top of the frocks while
Pamela Anderson's wedding outfit - a white bikini and sailor's hat - was
voted the worst.

Ed Watson, spokesperson for Debenhams, said: "When it comes to British
taste, it's a case of something old over something new - half of the top 10
best dresses were worn over six decades ago.

"Clearly the more recent styles like Jordan's pink meringue and Jodie
red dress ( push the
boundaries too far - further demonstrating the British love affair with

Bianca Jagger's Yves Saint Laurent white tuxedo (worn with nothing
underneath) came in third on the best dress list behind Grace Kelly's lace
Helen Rose dress.

On the other end of the scale, Celine Dion and Jordan's meringue dresses
were voted second and third worst frocks of all time.

It was a game of two halves for Victoria Beckham's Vera Wang dress which
found its way onto both the best and worst lists.

Ed Watson continued: "It is broadly assumed that wearing the colour white
was intended to symbolise virginity - but in actual fact, blue was the colour
originally connected to purity. The colour became associated with sexual
innocence only after wearing white become 'en vogue' after Queen Victoria
wore it at her wedding in 1840."

Philippa of England (Queen of Denmark, Sweden and Norway from 1406 to
1430) was actually the first documented princess in history to wear a white
wedding gown during a royal wedding ceremony.

White did not become a popular until Queen Victoria married Albert of
Saxe-Coburg in 1840. Victoria wore a white gown so she could incorporate some
lace she owned. The official wedding portrait photograph was widely
published, and many other brides opted for a similar dress in honor of the
Queen's choice.

The tradition continues today in the form of a white wedding although,
prior to the Victorian era, a bride was married in any color, with black
being especially popular in Scandinavia.

Today, the white dress ( is
normally recognised as the most traditional and popular choice for weddings

About Debenhams:

Debenhams is a leading department stores group with a strong presence in
key product categories including womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, home
and health and beauty.

Debenhams is the second largest department store chain in the UK.

Debenhams operates 161 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Debenhams also has 61 international franchise stores in 24 countries and six
Magasin stores in Denmark.

Designers at Debenhams include Preen, Jonathan Saunders, Jonathan Kelsey,
Roksanda Ilincic, Ted Baker, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, Erickson Beamon,
FrostFrench, Henry Holland, Betty Jackson, Ben de Lisi, Julien Macdonald,
Melissa Odabash, Jane Packer, Pearce Fionda, Janet Reger, John Rocha, Lisa
, Eric Van Peterson and Matthew Williamson.

    PR Contact:

    Carie Barkhuizen
    Debenhams PR Manager - Womenswear, accessories and store PR
    33 Wigmore Street
    W1U 1QX


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