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Priscilla of Boston

  |  By Nicole Keen


Last week at this time I was strolling the stylish streets of Boston, Massachusetts, and wouldn't you know it, there was a massive Priscilla of Boston bridal boutique right across the street from my hotel. Naturally, I did a little digging into the company's history, and it turns out the brand got its start in 1945 when fashion designer Priscilla Kidder opened a bridal boutique on Boston's Newbury Street (still a must-visit shopping spot!). Kidder actually designed the bridesmaids' dresses for Grace Kelly's 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco. What started as a one-woman operation has since expanded to encompass six different bridal labels (Priscilla of Boston, Melissa Sweet, Jewel, Vineyard Collection, Reverie and Platinum) that are sold all over Canada and the United States. Priscilla of Boston's spring 2011 collection definitely didn't disappoint, and I thought I'd share a few of my faves with you. Dress number one reminds me a bit of Ivanka Trump's wedding dress, and is also reminiscent of Grace Kelly's come to think of it. I'm really enjoying this trend towards a bit more modesty, and I love this updated interpretation of lace: it's demure yet sexy. Speaking of lace, I've never seen anything like the lace that was used for dress number two. It's definitely far from traditional, and I appreciate that it's ornate while still managing to be light and airy. Last but not least, I'm in love with the unusual neckline of dress number three. It's a daring choice for a fashion-forward bride. Which one do you like best? Do any of them remind you of your dress? As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

This article was originally published on Jul 21, 2010

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