Weddings

Top five famous short wedding dresses

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British fashion designer Tobi Hannah is well-known for her short and tea-length wedding dresses. Her new book The Short Wedding Dress: The Dress, The Bride, The Style (£37), illustrated by Raquel Zorraquin Campos, charts the history of the short wedding dress, with tips on choosing the right shape and different styles. Tobi picked her top-five famous short wedding dresses.

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  • Elizabeth Taylor's yellow babydoll dress

    "Elizabeth Taylor married Richard Burton in Montreal, Canada on 15 March 1964. Taylor's knee-length chiffon babydoll dress had an empire line with a centred bow, floaty balloon cuff sleeves and a rounded collar. She wore her hair in a ponytail adorned with a floral wreath made from lily of the valley and Roman hyacinths."

  • Audrey Hepburn's Pierre Balmain gown

    "Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer married in a private civil ceremony in Bürgenstock, Switzerland on 24 September 1954. Hepburn wore a tea-length dress of white organdie by French couturier and costumer designer Pierre Balmain."

  • Cilla Black's Sixties red smock

    "Cilla Black married Bobby Willis in London on 25 January 1969. The ultimate register-office bride, she discarded tradition and sported a crimson velvet mini wedding dress for her wedding at Marylebone Register Office."

  • Mia Farrow's mini wedding dress

    "Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra married in Las Vegas on 19 July 1966. Farrow balanced sweet chic in a pale mini wedding dress with an oversized bow at the waist. The dress was paired with a matching short, boxy, three-quarter-sleeved, double breasted jacket. The dress was clean and modern - the epitome of 1960s mod."

  • Yoko Ono's white mini wedding dress

    "Yoko Ono and John Lennon married in Gibraltar on 20 March 1969. Yoko wore a white mini wedding dress, knee-high socks, a wide-brimmed hat, white tennis shoes and oversized sunglasses. Aftre the ceremony, JOhn and Yoko retired to the presidential suite of the Hilton hotel in Amsterdam, where they took to the large bed and stayed there while the world's media gathered round to take pictures. Their "bed-in" lasted for seven days."