Lady Helen Windsor and Timothy Taylor
July 18, 1992
In her autobiography, designer Catherine Walker wrote of this gown: "When Lady Helen Windsor walked down the aisle I knew I had given her my best." She's not alone in that sentiment; the unique features of this gown have given it enough fame it's often a top bullet among the listed highlights of of Walker's career. And when the very top bullet is being a well-known couturier for Diana, Princess of Wales, that's saying something.
riding high on the Diana wave when Helen, the Duke and Duchess of Kent's daughter and reformed royal wild child, commissioned her to design the gown for her wedding to art dealer Tim Taylor. The venue was set for St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, and the ornate architecture inspired the designer who drew from the arches in the creation of the unique wide neckline and sleeves. Those arches are the defining characteristic of the dress, and a large part of what makes it memorable. The embroidery was chosen after investigating the diamond and pearl tiara the bride was to wear.
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