A wedding gown is a funny thing, as the Telegraph points out. “In a style utterly unsuited to any other use, it is fashioned at vast cost and, once the tears are shed and the vows uttered, consigned to dark imprisonment for life among the attic mothballs.”
But no dark, mothball-filled closets for some gowns. Charlotte Middleton was the sixth bride in a century to wear a splendid pearl-embroidered Japanese silk dress, made in Hong Kong, and first worn by her great-grandmother as a bride. It has become part of cherished family tradition, and although she could have bought a dress of her own, she chose to wear the old-fashioned gown.