Catherine de’ Medici to Henry, Duke of Orleans
Catherine’s trousseau of lace and silk was paid for by her uncle, the Pope, with funds originally allocated for the protection of Florence.
Wallis Simpson to the Duke of Windsor
A bundle of 66 trunks, the trousseau of Ms. Simpson included dresses and accessories from a variety of design houses. The most infamous piece of her trousseau remains the “Lobster Dress.” Designed by Schiaparelli, the dress featured a hand-painted lobster by Dalí across the white silk. This garment is now housed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The future Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Philip (the future Duke of Edinburgh)
Designed exclusively by Norman Hartnell, the royal trousseau included a wedding gown, constructed from white satin purchased on fabric rations, intricately embroidered with seed-pearls, as well as a departing outfit and a coronation dress to be worn only a few years later.
Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier III of Monaco
One of the most publicized trousseaux in history, the Hollywood star shopped both domestically and internationally in preparation for her new life as a princess. Her bundle reportedly included forty day and evening outfits, silk chiffon scarves, shoes, hats and gloves. Aside from her wedding gown itself, designed by Helen Rose, the most iconic piece of her trousseau is a Hermés handbag design expressly for the princess. The French design house continues to make and sell the Kelly Bag.