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Who Is Peter Pilotto? Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Was Made by Australian Designer and Christopher De Vos

Princess Eugenie arrived for her wedding at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, today wearing a stunning white backless gown designed by British fashion house Peter Pilotto. Instead of wearing a traditional wedding veil, Eugenie donned the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara loaned out by her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Similar to Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, who remained tight-lipped about her wedding dress ahead of her May nuptials with Eugenie’s cousin Prince Harry, details of Eugenie’s gown were withheld until the day of her ceremony.

Eugenie chose Australian designer Pilotto and his namesake brand’s fellow co-founder, Belgian-Peruvian designer Christopher De Vos, to create her picture-perfect white silk wedding dress, which featured a low-cut back accompanied with a flowing full-length train. Eugenie’s decision to work with the pair comes to no surprise, as the princess has often been spotted in their designs. Eugenie befriended the duo while co-hosting an event in support of female artists several years ago, according to Buckingham Palace.

Who Are the Designers Behind Princess Eugenie's Wedding Gown? Princess Eugenie of York and her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018, in Windsor, England. London label Peter Pilotto designed Eugenie's wedding gown. Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Eugenie specifically requested the gown's intricately cut-out back design, a nod to the corrective surgery she underwent aged 12 for scoliosis. The gown also featured embroidered thistles for Scotland, representing Eugenie and Brooksbank’s love for Balmoral. Other symbols embroidered on the gown included a shamrock for Ireland, in reference to the family of Eugenie’s mother Sarah Ferguson, and a York Rose and ivy in honor of the newlyweds' home.

Peter Pilotto, an East London-based label, is known for its print-work and embroidery. Launched in 2007, the design house is considered one of the key labels in the print revolution due to its use of bright colors, mosaic mixed prints, digital prints and floral patterns mixed with checks and stripes. While the brand initially started with high-end dresses, coats, tops and skirts, over the years Peter Pilotto has branched out into gowns and evening wear.

In addition to their London storefront, Pilotto and De Vos’ garments are sold across the globe and on fashion websites like Net-a-Porter.