The Royal Rebels who opted for non-traditional wedding dresses – Tatler

When Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary became the second wife of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran in 1951, her dress was unusual in that it was so extravagant. Possibly the most over-the-top couture gown ever created for a Royal Wedding, the Christian Dior-designed dress featured 37 yards of silver lamé studded with pearls, 6,000 diamond pieces, and 20,000 marabou feathers, and weighed 44 pounds. Sadly, the marriage wasn’t to last, as the couple separated seven years later when it was discovered that Soraya would not be able to have children.