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Sarah Ferguson wore a dress made from ivory duchesse satin and featuring heavy beading[1] for her wedding to Prince Andrew, Duke of York on 23 July 1986 at Westminster Abbey. Designed by Lindka Cierach,[2] the beadwork incorporated various symbols including hearts representing romance, anchors and waves representing Prince Andrew's sailing background and bumblebees and thistles, which were taken from Sarah Ferguson's family heraldry.[3] Copies of the dress, including the motifs specific to the royal family, went on sale in stores just hours after the end of the wedding.[3] Influenced by the wedding dress of Lady Diana Spencer,[4] a notable feature of Sarah Ferguson's 17 foot long train was the intertwined initials A and S sewn in silver beads.[1] The head-dress and bouquet, fabric rosettes or artificial silk flowers were used to adorn the gown itself.[1] Ferguson was pleased with the dress, describing it in her 1997 memoir, My Story, as "an exquisite creation I'd lost twenty-six pounds to fit into. Lindka was a genius; I knew she could make the most flattering gown ever, and she had. It was amazingly boned, like a corset."[5] Hair stylist Denise McAdam and make-up artist Teresa Fairminer attended to the bride, while florist Jane Packer designed the bouquet. The ivory silk wedding dress became the season's most sought-after style.[6]

Wedding dress of Sarah Ferguson
Sarah Ferguson wedding dress.jpg
ArtistLindka Cierach


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  2. ^ Arias, Ron (11 August 1986). "Lindka Cierach Put Fergie in Stitches for a Wedding Smash". People. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b Leeds-Hurwitz, Wendy (1993). Semiotics and communication: signs, codes, cultures. New Jersey: Psychology Press. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-8058-1140-7.
  4. ^ McDowell, Colin (1 July 2007). Diana style. Aurum. ISBN 978-1-84513-200-2. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  5. ^ Ferguson, Sarah; Jeff Coplon (1996). My Story. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-671-00439-2.
  6. ^ "Orange Coast Magazine". Orange Coast. Emmis Communications: 98. October 2002. ISSN 0279-0483. Retrieved 1 May 2011.