It’s been over 32 years since Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson (or Fergie, as she is popularly known) walked down the aisle, but Fergie’s dress – made with ivory duchesse satin and featuring heavy beading – is still considered iconic ’80s fashion. No one expected Prince Andrew’s fiancée to stun on her big day, as fashion experts consistently criticized Fergie’s figure and supposed lack of style, but then-unknown London designer Lindka Cierach created a gown that was unanimously considered a triumph, and just two hours after the bride appeared, replicas of the dress could be found in shop windows throughout London.
While Fergie’s flamboyant dress was very indicative of the time, the stunning dress her daughter Eugenie chose to wear for her big day was a bit more understated. Unlike her mother, Eugenie chose to eschew the traditional veil, and her dress featured a daring low back that no other royal bride has ever pulled off before. While working with designer Peter Pilotto, Princess Eugenie specifically requested an open back in order to show off the scars she was left with after going through corrective back surgery as a child.
The two royal gowns do share a number of similarities, however. Both dresses have meaningful symbolism embroidered in their gowns, as Fergie chose to include her family coat of arms, as well as anchors and waves to represent Andrew’s sailing background, and Eugenie’s dress featured a garland pattern laced with special meaning. Both mother and daughter also had long, gorgeous trains, with Fergie’s even including a letter ‘A’ for her new husband. Check out the gallery to see a side-by-side comparison of the two equally head-turning gowns.