Amal Alamuddin enters fashion pantheon as Clooney's bride

Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:46pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With the help of Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli and Dolce & Gabbana, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin vaulted into the top echelons of Hollywood fashion with her stylish Italian wedding to actor George Clooney.

Alamuddin, 36, showcased several outfits during her whirlwind wedding weekend in Venice, picking British, American and Italian designers and channeling golden age Hollywood glamor.

The piece de resistance was an off-the-shoulder tulle and Chantilly lace gown she wore at her formal wedding ceremony on Saturday that was revealed on Tuesday by fashion magazine Vogue and custom-made by New York-based de la Renta.

The British-Lebanese bride told Vogue she and Clooney wanted a "romantic and elegant" wedding, and de la Renta's romantic and feminine design was the right choice.

The magazine renowned for anointing fashion royalty and whose editor Anna Wintour attended the nuptials, noted "she stands resplendent in her dress."

De la Renta also supplied Alamuddin's post-wedding dress, which the magazine described as a "festive, Gatsby-style party frock." Clooney wore a custom black tuxedo by Giorgio Armani.

Oscar-winning Clooney, 53, one of Hollywood's most famous bachelors, and Alamuddin's wedding was attended by celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Bill Murray and Matt Damon. It has drawn comparisons to the nuptials of Kate Middleton and Britain's Prince William in April 2011.

Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, has become a style icon for her chic ensembles that often incorporate high fashion and high street retail, earning a place in Vanity Fair's annual best dressed lists over the past few years.   Continued...

U.S. actor George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin travel on a water taxi at the Grand Canal in Venice September 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi