Exclusive. – More than half a century after the marriage of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III, their grandson, Louis Ducruet united in the cathedral of Monaco with Marie Chevallier, dressed in a real princess dress. A 6 month work carried out by Victoria de Boisanger. The designer tells us behind the scenes of the confection.
This Saturday, July 27, 2019, Louis Ducret, 15th in the order of succession to the Monegasque throne, has chosen to unite with Marie Chevallier in the cathedral of Monaco. A place that the couple chose to pay tribute to Prince Rainier III, who died in 2005. Exceptional union, exceptional dress. And that of the young bride was princely: 50 meters of zagar and silk satin for the dress and her petticoat, between 300 and 400 hours of work for the embroidery, a veil of 5 meters sewn on the edges in Chantilly lace. To achieve this work of goldsmith, Victoria de Boisanger – creator of Atelier Boisanger – sewed, embroidered, cut the fabrics alone, for six months.
Pauline Ducruet, sister of Louis Ducruet and ex-colleague at Maison Rabih Kayrouz, contacted her a year before the event to create this princess dress from scratch. Determined to design the ideal dress for her sister-in-law Marie Chevallier, the designer of the Alter brand designed and followed with the future bride the work of Victoria de Boisanger.
“Pauline wanted a feminine and elegant dress for her sister-in-law, whom she knows very well,” says Victoria de Boisanger. Marie Chevallier was also very involved. She came to all the fittings, I sent her pictures: we contacted each other often. ” Not easy to design a dress of this magnitude: it was a first for the designer of bridal outfits. “In September we had the first sketches and in November we made the first fittings in my workshop in Paris. The model took shape little by little. ”
A titanic job carried out by this enthusiast. “The wedding took place on July 27, the dress was finished less than two weeks before. I took six months to create it between the majority of the details made by hand and not with the sewing machine, the embroidered train, the top of the dress encrusted with lace, the veil of 5 meters in silk tulle decorated with Chantilly lace … ”The top of the dress made of silk zagar (used by Cristóbal Balenciaga to give volume to his creations) is“ a round and sophisticated material ”: a unique fabric for this type of event. “It’s the first time I’ve worked on a dress that takes so much work. But I loved doing it and would be delighted to be able to repeat the experience because my job is a real passion ”, explained Victoria de Boisanger. All that remains is to find another princess wedding.