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Even though we exhaustively cover the latest bridal market runwaysseasonal dress trends and, of course, all the celebrity (and royal) nuptials that are blowing up your Twitter feed, we stand by the principle that wedding gowns are classic and, most of all, timeless. The most iconic gowns of the century—think: Grace Kelly’s high-neck lace, Kate Middleton’s modern long sleeves, Solange’s minimalist cape and Bianca Jagger’s bridal suiting—will forever stand the test of time and, like in life, there’s much to glean from history.

Of course, the experts at the most renowned bridal salons in the country know a bit about that subject as they’ve spent years working with the most innovative and talented designers—and the most discerning brides to decide on their dream wedding day look. So whether you are searching for inspiration for your own upcoming wedding, happen to be a fashion merchandising history buff, or just love gazing at the most gorgeous dresses ever, you’ll be interested to discover which designs top the best selling dresses of all time list. So we sought out the expert of experts: Mark Ingram, owner of the prestigious Mark Ingram Atelier in Manhattan’s Upper East Side; Dorothy Silver, Director of Merchandising, at the legendary Kleinfeld, a New York icon since 1941; and Elle Warren, Co-Owner of the tony Warren Barrón in Dallas.

These three have been on the front lines and have much to say about their most coveted gowns and why these dresses mean to much to their brides—and themselves.

2 Romona Keveza 5-ply crepe gowns: style #RK7402 and RK6463

“The new 5-ply crepe gowns by Romona Keveza come in an array of silhouettes and styles which make them appealing to many brides, while the signature 5-ply crepe gives them a rich texture—taking them from simple to extraordinary. These gowns are clean with all the detail focused on the immaculate tailoring. Think: modern day Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. The underlying trait that makes brides say ‘yes’ to these dresses is that all of them complement a wide variety of body types. Tall or short, curvy or straight, all of these gowns really complement the bride to make her feel her most beautiful on her big day. After all, that’s what it really is about!”

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