Amal Alamuddin’s Wedding Dress: 5 Things We Learned from Her Final Fitting with Oscar de la Renta and ‘Vogue’

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The Clooneys in Italy
George and Amal step out the morning after their wedding.
By now, we’ve all seen Amal Alamuddin’s beautiful dress from her wedding day with George Clooney, thanks to two magazine covers.

Vogue has also published a detailed behind-the-scenes look at the day the 36-year-old human rights lawyer visited designer Oscar de la Renta for one final fitting.

“George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can’t imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress,” Alamuddin tells Vogue. “Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman.”

Here are five highlights from Alamuddin’s final fitting day, which occurred in late July in the designer’s Manhattan offices.

It was a family affair.

According to reporter Chloe Malle, the bride’s mother Baria and sister Tala flew in from London and Singapore, respectively, to take part in the fitting process.

At one point, while discussing the length of the train — made with some fourteen yards of Chantilly lace and ivory tulle — the group decided on a second flower girl.

There were tears.

So many happy tears.

“As Alamuddin arrives in front of her audience, Tala’s eyes well up immediately. Her mother’s eventually do as well, though she is temporarily distracted by the desire to add additional layers of tulle to the skirt.”

The dress was a true shade of ivory.

Oscar de la Renta, the genius designer that he is, compared the color of Alamuddin’s gown to the color of plain white paper to show exactly what shade she was wearing.

“It is agreed by all that de la Renta was right about everything: the cut, the volume, the minimal beading, the subtle ivory hue. He smiles, satisfied. ‘Look at the color of the paper on the floor; that color is true white, so you can see the dress is cream.’ Indeed, the floor has been carefully covered with crisp white butcher paper to protect the pristine hem.”

Alamuddin can speak to you in any language.

After capturing some neckline discussion between de la Renta’s head tailor Raffaele Ilardo and the bride, the reader is presented with this fascinating passage:

“She discusses the details of the tailoring with Ilardo in French before replying to her mother’s questions in Arabic and proceeding to implore de la Renta, in English, to join their wedding festivities in order to see the dresses in action.”

The bride wore a second dress.

For the “second act” of her wedding party, Alamuddin donned a Gatsby-style dress from de la Renta’s fall 2014 collection, according to Malle.

“It has been shortened from ankle to mid-thigh, the better to show off her endless legs and to make it a true dancing dress.”

Makes us wonder if the groom had a second outfit that was more appropriate for dancing…

For the full report on Amal Alamuddin’s wedding dress, head over to Vogue.

[Lead photo courtesy of Annie Leibovitz/Vogue]