Chiara Ferragni married her longtime love, Italian rap superstar Federico Leonardo Lucia aka Fedez, this past weekend in Noto, Italy in what may just be the most epic wedding of 2018. The celebrations came complete with throngs of adoring fans, private flights with Chiara and Fedez mascots, a rehearsal dinner in a castle, and an after party that included the couple's own #Ferrangez branded carnival–yes, a carnival.
And as though that weren't enough– Chiara designed her bridal looks in a process that pretty much sums up every girl's dream. Here's the highlight reel: 3 custom looks; Christian Dior Haute Couture; private appointments with designer Maria Grazia Chiuri; custom embroideries, and so much more.
Bazaar received an exclusive invitation to peek inside the making of Chiara's wedding gowns–both her traditional-yet-fashion-forward ceremony look, and her covetable ballgown for her dinner reception, which transformed into a mini dress for the after party.
Chiara, whose based between Milan and Los Angeles and known as the quintessential Italian it-girl, chose to work with Grazia Chiuri on her wedding gowns due to their long-standing working relationship, and the friendship they've formed over the years, working together when Grazia Chiuri was at Valentino, and then when she transitioned into her new role at Dior. "I have admired and worn her creations for Dior since her first collection for the House," Chiara explained. It was one of those first collections, Spring/Summer 2017, that inspired Ferragni's reception gown.
"At the beginning I didn’t want a traditional wedding dress, I felt I wanted more of an evening dress, specifically one that I loved from Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first collection for Dior." The tarot gowns from SS17 were the starting point for Ferragni's ball gown, which transformed into a mini dress for her after party with the swap of a skirt. The issue of the ceremony gown still loomed, with Chiara wanting to merge her adventurous, fashion-forward edge into what would appear (at first) like a traditional silhouette.
"After, I met with Maria Grazia who thought we could realize a modern yet classical wedding dress without losing my contemporary identity, and fusing the fact I am an young Italian woman getting married in Sicily." The result? A crochet lace romper, infusing the historic techniques of Venetian lace, and a layered tulle skirt with a center-front split, to show off the bride's legs and evoke an infinitely more youthful feel.
The two gowns were more like ensembles, as each was comprised of multiple pieces. The wedding gown was created with a lace, mock-necked romper paired with an overskirt, layered with over 1,300 feet of tulle in various tones and sheerness. The gown took more than 1,600 hours of work in the Dior atelier.
The evening gown, which took inspiration from Maria Grazia's first collection, was hand embroidered in layers to feature lyrics from the song Fedez wrote for his proposal to Chiara on stage in Verona, a small lion to represent the couple's son, Leone, and landmark imagery of all the cities in which they've lived–like a palm tree for Los Angeles, and the Eiffel Tower. The handwork was done in layers, to give the gown more dimension and visual interest as the bride moved.
Two skirts were constructed for the bustier of the second gown, making for an easy transformation for the bride between her reception and after party carnival. In addition to the gowns, custom bridal slingbacks in various shades and textures of ivory and nude were created for the looks. The pairs placed an embroidered "CHIARA" on the slingback, where the brand's staple "J'ADIOR" is usually printed.
On seeing her looks in the Dior atelier, and in her final fittings in Sicily, Chiara commented, "I wanted it to be simple but timeless, and romantic and feminine at the same time. I was extremely excited. It’s a very special moment, and each time I went in for a fitting it felt special because there had been changes. I cried like a small child."