In that moment she was not a character in a film but a bride': Twilight wedding dress designer Carolina Herrera on how Kristen Stewart was 'moved' by gown

With the exception of the Duchess of Cambridge, the wedding dress worn by Twilight's Bella in the new Breaking Dawn: Part 1 film was one of the most eagerly-anticipated of last year.

And for actress Kristen Stewart, it seems, the gown was more than just a costume.

In the new issue of Town & Country Weddings, designer Carolina Herrera revealed that the actress was visibly emotional when trying on the dress.


Moved: Kristen Stewart, pictured as Bella with Edward (Robert Pattinson) in Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, was visibly emotional when trying on the gown

She said: 'We did three fittings. When she initially put on the dress and looked
over her shoulder into the mirror, she was very moved.

'In that moment she was not an actress or a
character in a film but instead a bride, and a happy one at that.'

Of course it is not lost on us that
Miss Stewart's real-life beau is her co-star Robert Pattinson, and Mrs
Herrera's revelation brings new significance to the scene.


Emotional moment: Wedding dress designer Carolina Herrera said the actress seemed like any other happy bride-to-be during fittings

Mrs Herrera, a veteran of the fashion industry who has worked with women as varied as Jackie O and Christina Hendricks, also described how the design of the dress came about.

'I took into consideration the character of Bella and Kristen’s
portrayal of her, and what this fantasy character would choose to wear
for the most important day of her life,' she said.

'It's made of a crepe satin with
two inserts on the front and beautiful silk thread topstitching.

Carolina Herrera

Top-secret project: Mrs Herrera spent six months designing the gown, working closely with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer

neckline is a slight V, just enough to see the collarbones. The back is
oval-shaped, with a Chantilly lace border veiled in tulle.

'It's very
romantic, and when all the details come together, it creates a vision
specific to Bella’s style and personality.'

The gown, which was apparently inspired by vampire Edward's Edwardian heyday, took six months to realise, and the designer worked closely with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer.

Art imitating life: The movie series' stars have been dating in real life for the past couple of years

Art imitating life: Since meeting on-set, the movie series' stars have been dating in real life for the past couple of years

It was worth the effort though. Mr Pattinson told the Today Show last November: 'It's an incredible dress. She
looks amazing.'

Since the film was released at the end of last year, replica gowns have gone on sale for $799 at Alfred Angelo boutiques.

And Mrs Herrera will be selling more high-end versions for brides-to-be that may be prepared to part with $35,000.