bride with a wedding bouquet

Traditionally brides wear white, but of course rocker and style icon Gwen Stefani and burlesque queen Dita Von Teese were never going to obey that rule.

Their truly breathtaking gowns make up part of the collection now on show at the Bendigo Art Gallery: “The White Wedding Dress: 200 years of Wedding Fashions”.

On December 3, 2005, shock rocker Marilyn Manson and Dita Von Teese were married in a private non-denominational ceremony at artist Gottfried Helnwien’s castle, Ireland.

Von Teese wore a royal purple silk taffeta gown, made by Vivienne Westwood Couture, a tri-corned hat designed by Stephen Jones and matching Mr Pearl corset. Christian Louboutin designed her shoes, Moschino created an additional wardrobe for the rest of the weekend, and Nina Ricci made a lace peignoir exclusively for Von Teese.

Guests were invited to participate in skeet shooting, archery and falconry in the days following the wedding. The wedding pictures appeared in the March 2006 edition of Vogue under the heading “The Bride Wore Purple”.

The couple were divorced in 2007.


Singer Gwen Stefani married Gavin Rossdale September 14, 2002 at St Paul’s Church in London. The couple exchanged traditional Anglican vows in front of 150 family and friends.  Stefani was chauffeured to the church in a blue 1970s Rolls-Royce, making a dramatic entrance to the ceremony approximately one hour late.

She wore a custom-made pink and white silk faille wedding dress by  John Galliano for Dior, with an antique lace veil also designed by John Galliano. Her eight bridesmaids wore bias-cut silk dresses by Dior.

The bride walked down the aisle on the arm of her father, Dennis, carrying a bouquet of phalaenopsis orchids, rosary beads and her grandmother’s Catholic prayer book. The groom wore a traditional British morning suit and was escorted by his Hungarian sheepdog, Winston, who donned a garland of red flowers.

The couple are still married. Rossdale has a daughter, Daisy, from a previous marriage and now have two sons together – Kingston and Zuma.

Their dresses form part of the Bendigo Art Gallery’s stunning exhibition:

Shot taffeta wedding dress, Vivienne Westwood Couture.  Velvet and shot taffeta tricorne hat with dyed mink pom-poms, Stephen Jones, London, 2005. Lent by and designed for Dita Von Teese.

Nina Ricci lace peignoir, Paris, 2005 displayed with Dita Von Teese’s wedding corset which was custom made for her by Mr Pearl, Paris, 2005. The peignoir formed part of Von Teese’s trousseau. Lent by Dita Von Teese.

Silk faille wedding dress and silk net veil decorated with antique lace, John Galliano for Dior, Paris, 2002. Lent by and designed for Gwen Stefani for her marriage to Gavin Rossdale on 14 September, 2002 in London.


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