The Truth Behind Keira Knightley's Wedding Dress In Love Actually

Photo: Snap Stills/REX/Shutterstock.
Remember the wedding scene that opens the holiday rom-com to end all holiday rom-coms, Love Actually? If you haven't seen the feel-good ensemble flick in a while, Keira Knightley's character gets hitched in a sweet, singing-flash-mob-punctuated scene. But the wedding dress she wears in the classic holiday movie almost looked completely different.

In the film, Knightley dons a gown that's long-sleeved, sheer, lined with lace, and delicately trimmed at the neckline with ostrich plumes. But, as Love Actually's costume designer Joanna Johnston recently told Grazia, the actress was supposed to wear something decidedly more risqué.

Apparently, the 2003 film's director, Richard Curtis, wanted Knightley's character's look for her wedding to be "kind of sexy, even as a bride," Johnston told the publication. We're talking exposed obliques and all: "[Curtis] wanted her to be dressed ready for the end of the scene where they’re partying, so he had this idea of a crop top, with a bare tummy," Johnston told Grazia.

So, there you have it. While Knightley's dress in the beloved flick was quite chic (and, frankly, pretty fashion-y for a big blockbuster-movie wedding scene) she could've tied the knot in a crop top.
Advertisement

More from Celebs & Influencers

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Documentary
Five love stories behind diverse, multicultural marriages.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Life experiments, 5 days at a time.
Watch Now
Fashion
The style of subculture.
Watch Now
Beauty
Viral trends, tried and tested.
Watch Now
Documentary
From vibrators to lipstick, learn how your favorite products are made.
Watch Now
Documentary
Extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals
Watch Now
Documentary
The latest stories to watch.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Inside the homes of millennial women — & what they paid for them
Watch Now
Comedy
Let's talk about sex, baby.
Watch Now
Documentary
Female artisans around the world
Watch Now
Politics
Made by and for smart, opinionated women.
Watch Now
Film
We helped 12 female directors claim their power.