Barbra’s Custom Donna Karan Wedding Gown

On Barbra Streisand and James Brolin’s wedding day on July 1, 1998. she wore this custom Donna Karan gown.   

Barbra’s wedding took place at sunset in the living room of her Malibu mansion. Regarding the creation of Barbra’s wedding dress Karan said “ She sent me drawings of what she wanted, but I disagreed. Her sketch was bias cut, more flowing, and I wanted her to wear something more toward the body and drapey. So I made both dresses for her and let her choose. She chose mine. Barbra taught me to understand the body on a different level,” explained Karan. “She knows every angle of how she looks because she’s used to being onstage and on camera, and her attention to detail is beyond the beyond.” 

With just a two week deadline Donna showed Barbra some off-white, hand beaded crystal tulle from India for the veil which she loved, but there was concern it could not be shipped in time.

In the meantime, Donna refused to show Barbra the final sketch because she wanted to drape it on her first. So,  Donna flew to LA and draped a muslin version of the dress. Barbra said “It looked like hell. I had to have a plan B. Jim got on the internet looking for dresses and I got out an antique dress from 1910 that i’ve had for years as a possibility. But when Donna came back the second time, with a tulle dress draped on a mannequin, I was sold. It was extraordinary. I realized later that I looked familiar to myself-like my character in Funny Girl.” Barbra’s figure hugging, empire waist, off the shoulder gown featured exquisite tiny pleats accenting the bust line and hips. Halter style string straps tied behind the neck. The column style skirt featured a sweeping lace train. Barbra’s veil was comprised of a floral crown with the above mentioned crystal tulle from India, draped into a long dramatic train. The look was completed with a beautiful white art deco style choker. 

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