Top 10 Wedding Dresses

updated 02/10/1997 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/10/1997 01:00AM

THE JUDGES

Bill Blass
womenswear designer

Evgenia Gvozdetsky (Ev) of Ev & El, womenswear designer

Nick Graham of Joe Boxer, men's and women's sportswear designer

Dana Buchman
womenswear designer

John Scher
mens-and womenswear designer

Vivian Wu
Our awestruck judges practically curtsied to this regal long-sleeved gown of Italian satin by L.A, designer Shing-shing Chang. "Chic, expensive, upper-class, couture-looking," raves Ev. Adds Blass: "The hat shows great style—it's very amusing." And, says an impressed Scher, "the large diamond necklace doesn't hurt either."

Eva Herzigova
"Va-va-va-voom!" says Graham about this bias-cut, antique-lace John Galliano, which shows off the Wonder-bra model's curves. "It's the mermaid look." Scher sees "a fluid, '30s-style effect," while Blass says, "It's provocative without being vulgar."?

Carolyn Bessette
Jackie Onassis surely must have smiled down as the bride made her grand entrance into the Kennedy clan with a sleek gown by Narciso Rodriguez that has already launched countless imitations. "She represents a simple, classical American style," says Ev. "I love the minimal chic of it," Blass agrees. Adds Buchman: "You see a lot of her beautiful skin, and that becomes part of the design."

Liz Keifer
The judges praise the casual elegance of the soap star's above-the-knee dress and coat ensemble by Isaac Mizrahi. "It's that 'I'm-going-to-go-home-for-lunch-and-get-married-and-come-back-to-the-office-with-another-last-name' look," says Graham. "Her outfit looks terrific for a daytime wedding," says Scher, who adds: "She Could even wear this afterward."

Jill Waggoner
"Really feminine and charming, like a princess" is how Ev describes this elaborate Pino Lancetti gown (incorporating a silk shell covered by a lace dress with 67 buttons, plus a detachable overskirt). "She's got a graceful figure, so she can pull off the long slim skirt," says Scher. "And the collar band beautifully accentuates her long neck."

Cynthia Rowley
Designer, suit thyself is the lesson provided by this simple satin sheath that the fashion maven whipped up in a burst of inspiration. Says Ev: "The style fits her well. Slim looks good on her." An admiring Buchman notes, "The dress is sensuous, while the veil makes everything look festive and special."

Yvette Freeman
The full-figured ER star came up with her own design—and the operation was a complete success. "She has done a very, very good job," says Scher. "The shape of the dress is great for her, and the sweetheart neckline nicely frames her face." Adds Ev: "The veil on her shoulders and sides creates a flattering line."

Christie Brinkley
The Uptown Girl became the perfect sophisticated lady in this Armani suit. "She looks special but also modern," says Buchman, who adds that the "draping of the skirt contrasts nicely with the tailored jacket." Observes Blass: "She's certainly a woman sure of her taste."

Candace Cameron
The Full House actress had the salon where she bought her St. Pucci dress sew on additional beadwork and trim. "She wanted something dramatic, and she chose an outfit that fit the fantasy," says Scher. "Very pretty," praises Graham. Adds Buchman: "A lot of young women want a dress like this."

Mary Higgins Clark
"This is a mystery writer who chose a romance story," says Blass of the custom-made Joanna Mastroianni gown with hand-beaded bodice and a full skirt woven with gold thread. The gold and green colors wowed the judges. "The fabric is rich and zippy," says Buchman. And, notes Ev, "it goes with her carpet."

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