Look Back at Sarah Ferguson's Wedding Dress and See How It Compares to Princess Eugenie's Gown

The newlywed subtly referenced her mom's wedding-day look.

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A bride's wedding day is ultimately about family-which explains why so many women incorporate some element of their mother's big-day attire into their own looks. The latest bride to do so? Princess Eugenie, whose Peter Pilotto wedding dress subtly referenced mom Sarah Ferguson's bridal attire. The Duchess of York married Eugenie's father, Prince Andrew, in July 1986 and her ivory ball gown by Lindka Cierach went on to become an icon of the '80s. As it turns out, it also served as a source of inspiration for Eugenie as she designed her own wedding dress.

Here, a comparison of the royal mother and daughter's wedding dresses (they're more similar than you think!).

They both involved subtle pattern work.

At first glance, Princess Eugenie's wedding dress appeared to be matte white, but upon further inspection you'll realize that the jacquard silk, cotton, and viscose garment's top layer featured an intricate weaving-a pattern that references the swirls that appeared on the bodice of Sarah's wedding dress. The Duchess of York's gown was also embroidered with flowers, bumble bees, and thistles, which were nods to the Ferguson family coat of arms.

Both brides chose an open back.

Though the necklines on Eugenie and Sarah's wedding dresses were decidedly different (the former chose a V-neck, while the later opted for a scoop), both styles showcased their backs and shoulders-a daring choice for royal brides. For Eugenie, though, this decision carried an added weight. She suffers from scoliosis but was adamant about not hiding her surgical scars on her big day. Another structural similarity? Both brides wore long sleeves.

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Eugenie gave Sarah's dramatic back-bow a modern update.

The back of the Duchess of York's wedding dress was defined by a voluminous bow. Her daughter chose a contemporary iteration in the exact same location-the loop was much more architectural, though, and read more like a knot than a bow.

Both brides chose long trains.

For her Westminster Abbey ceremony, Sarah knew that her train would have to fill the extended aisle. The duchess satin creation did just that (and also featured an embroidered "A" and "S" to represent the royal couple's union). Princess Eugenie also chose an extended train, which (luckily!) was heavy enough to withstand the high winds on her wedding day.

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