HRH Prince Johan Friso of the Netherlands and Mabel Wisse Smit
April 24, 2004
Goodness me, our little digression into the wedding gown of Princess Mabel in last week's comments spawned an immediate outpouring of Wedding Wednesday requests. Well, I don't blame you. If you've never seen it before you really can't comprehend it in a single glance. So here you go, kids: Bows Gone Wild, starring Mabel van Oranje.
click here to see it in all its glory as normally worn). I find it somewhat, erm, pokey in a photograph, but in movement it works. The huge diamonds capture every last possible bit of light. The tiara itself has a rather two-dimensional effect; it almost seems like a fairytale illustration of a tiara come to life to me. Observe:
But none of that matters, really, because what you want to talk about right now are the bows: 248 of them, to be exact. Yes. Two hundred and forty eight. That's 128 bows for the skirt, 85 on the bodice, and 35 on the train. All handmade from crepe georgette (no wonder the thing took more than 600 hours to make), and symbolizing longevity, commitment, and permanence. Placed on a trelliswork background, they cover every single part of the gown, growing gradually in size from the neckline to the hem and then catching a serious case of gigantism on the train. The pattern covers the seams, so it looks like the gown is cut from a single piece of cloth.Mabel's Wikipedia entry themselves to make it less harsh with regards to these events.)
|Some of Mabel's more notable outfits|
Prinsjesdag, but they do pop up at other events like Koninginnedag.
Mabel's dress: fun and quirky or weird and wrong?
UPDATE: In February 2012, Prince Friso was buried by an avalanche while skiing in Lech. Lack of oxygen caused severe brain damage, and he never recovered from his coma. He passed away in August 2013.
Photos: People/Corbis/Harper's Bazaar/ANP/PPE