As fast as a speedboat ferrying A-listers down the Grand Canal, the first pictures of Amal Alamuddin’s wedding dress have arrived – and as a statement of the couple’s position within the Hollywood hierarchy, this is a gown that speaks a thousand words.


The cream lace confection is by Oscar de la Renta, a New York-based, Dominican-born designer whose brand speaks of upper-crust Park Avenue gloss, tradition and romance. De la Renta is beloved by celebrities, from Oprah Winfrey to Angelina Jolie, as well as America’s first families – he has dressed Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush, is firm friends with Hillary Clinton and designed Jenna Bush’s wedding dress. Indeed, such is his association with political power circles that a retrospective of his work – “Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style” – is currently being displayed at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.

See her Stunning style during her Wedding weekend 


Certainly, there is nothing rebellious about the dress created for Alamuddin. It’s a princess-moment frock with modest off-the-shoulder straps, a huge train and Victorian-style veil, all finished with a Kate Middleton blow-dry. There’s not a directional design touch in sight – but it’s classy and safe and comes during a week when Alamuddin has already confirmed her position in the fashion firmament.


Not only was Anna Wintour at the wedding – her presence is a coup, particularly during Paris fashion week – but during a five-day wedding-fest, Alamuddin has worn a sequence of couture creations by some of the world’s most illustrious designers: a short, vaguely bridal, lace-embellished minidress by Giambattista Valli; a cream trouser suit with giant sun hat by Stella McCartney; a dramatic red ball gown by Alexander McQueen; a black and white striped sundress by Dolce & Gabbana.


See her Stunning style during her Wedding weekend 

The term ‘paparazzi’ was coined in Italy, and this choreographed succession of outfits was a dream come true for the assembled photographers.


In the past, Clooney has moved to quash rumours that he is flirting with the idea of becoming a politician – but this elegant, risk-averse wedding dress is a fashion statement worthy of a first lady.