Kitty Spencer's Wedding Dress Included Several Nods to Princess Diana

Kitty Spencer's wedding dress included several nods to her famous aunt, Princess Diana.

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  • On Saturday, July 24, Lady Kitty Spencer (opens in new tab) married 62-year-old fashion mogul Michael Lewis in a lavish ceremony in Frascati, Italy.
  • The 30-year-old model wore five separate dresses over the course of her wedding celebrations, all of which were custom looks created by Dolce & Gabbana (opens in new tab), for which Spencer serves as a global brand ambassador.
  • As Hello! magazine pointed out, the Victorian-inspired dress that Spencer wore for her walk down the aisle had several subtle similarities to the dress her late aunt, Princess Diana, wore to her royal wedding in 1981. 

Kitty Spencer (opens in new tab) tied the knot earlier this month, marrying 62-year-old fashion mogul Michael Lewis in a lavish ceremony in Frascati, Italy. For the big day, the 30-year-old model actually wore five separate dresses (opens in new tab), all of which were custom Dolce & Gabbana creations (this was to be exacted, of course, since Spencer is a global ambassador for the brand).

For her actual walk down the aisle, Spencer opted for a lacy, Victorian-inspired dress that lots of people immediately compared to Kate Middleton's iconic royal wedding dress. As Hello!  (opens in new tab)magazine (opens in new tab) points out, however, the dress also had several details in common with the David and Elizabeth Emanuel dress her late aunt, Princess Diana, wore for her royal wedding (opens in new tab) in 1981.

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Hello! points to features like puffed sleeves, long trains/veils, and intricate lace detailing as similarities between the two dresses. Whether these were conscious nods to Diana's gown or just proof that the Spencers' iconic sense of style is hereditary, the similarities are still pretty sweet.

The dress' designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, weighed in on some of the more explicit inspirations for Spencer's wedding looks in an interview with Tatler (opens in new tab).

"One of the inspirations is definitely her love for Italy," Dolce said. "Kitty is in love with our beautiful country and its rich history, art and culture."

Gabbana added, "But she is also a girl who is very attached to her origins, to England; to her heritage of the great Victorian era. And like all the English people, she has a great passion for all kinds of flowers."

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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.