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Princess Eugenie makes bold statement with wedding dress revealing scars

Updated 12th October 2018
Princess Eugenie and her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, arrive at St George's Chapel for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Princess Eugenie makes bold statement with wedding dress revealing scars
Written by Judith Vonberg, CNNLondon
Contributors Fiona Sinclair Scott, CNN
Princess Eugenie made a bold statement with her choice of bridal gown, designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle Friday.
The dress, a long-sleeved ivory gown with a flowing train, folded shoulders, and a low back, revealed scars from a back operation the princess underwent aged 12. With no veil, she chose to accessorize with the Greville Emerald tiara (borrowed from her grandmother, the Queen). Her shoes, hidden from view, were designed by Charlotte Olympia.
Princess Eugenie arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank wearing the Greville Emeral tiara.
Princess Eugenie arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank wearing the Greville Emeral tiara. Credit: Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS
Princess Eugenie enters St George's Chapel with her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.
Princess Eugenie enters St George's Chapel with her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank. Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS
Eugenie hinted at the design of her dress in an interview broadcast on ITV earlier Friday, when she spoke about the importance of changing people's conceptions of beauty.
"I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it's really special to stand up for that," she said.
Princess Eugenie arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.
Princess Eugenie arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank. Credit: DARREN STAPLES/X90183/REUTERS
The back of Princess Eugenie's wedding gown was the central talking point as she made her first appearance.
The back of Princess Eugenie's wedding gown was the central talking point as she made her first appearance. Credit: NEIL HALL/EPA/EPA-EFE
Eugenie is a patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London where she had her surgery as a child. Several representatives from the charity were invited to stand inside the grounds of Windsor Castle along with representatives of other charitable organizations supported by the couple.
Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos founded the British based label Peter Pilotto in London in 2007. Eugenie worked closely with Pilotto and De Vos on the design of the gown, according to a statement from the Royal Family.
The fabric was designed by the pair in their studio in East London. It includes a number of symbols that are meaningful to Princess Eugenie as motifs, including a Thistle for Scotland, The Shamrock for Ireland, The York Rose for England and The Ivy representing the couple's home.
Princess Eugenie's low back dress revealed scars from a childhood operation. A conscious statement by the royal.
Princess Eugenie's low back dress revealed scars from a childhood operation. A conscious statement by the royal. Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS
Princess Eugenie chose to marry in a dress designed by UK-based designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.
Princess Eugenie chose to marry in a dress designed by UK-based designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos. Credit: Danny Lawson/WPA Pool/Getty Images
For many celebrities in the public eye, choosing a dress designer is as much a political statement as it is style decision.
Pilotto and De Vos are an unlikely choice, as they not known for their wedding designs. However, they do fit the brief for their role in the British fashion industry. Many speculated the bride would choose a UK-based designer.
Some thought she might choose a designer known for sustainability.