Dr. Elisa Stephens Attends Hilton-Rothschild Wedding at Kensington Palace

Dr. Elisa Stephens, Academy of Art University president, was present at the wedding of Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild, held at the Orangery, located on the grounds of Kensington Palace, Friday, July 10. 

Dr. Stephens attended the stylish event as a guest and friend of the Hilton family. "It was the wedding of the year, the bride and her artistic style set the standard for all weddings," said Dr. Stephens.

Per Women's Wear Daily, the bride's Valentino gown was "made of three different shades of ivory and silver guipure was accented with crystal embellishments and features a balloon skirt with a three meter train. Her long veil was adorned at the edges with a vintage lace."

"Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Valentino creative directors, have turned Valentino into the go-to designer for the international cool girl set and it seems only natural that Nicky Hilton would choose to work with them on the design of her wedding dress," said Simon Ungless, executive director of the School of Fashion at the Academy. "The dress is youthful and modern in its silhouette, yet the high neck and full sleeve in lace give an air of modesty and tradition, which is exactly what the DNA of the House of Valentino stands for."


Dr. Elisa Stephens and the newly Mrs. James Rothschild pose for a photo at the Hilton-Rothschild wedding at Kensington Palace.


Dr. Elisa Stephens and Nicky Rothschild at the post-wedding brunch on Saturday, July 11.

Additionally, on Saturday, July 11, Dr. Stephens attended a post-wedding brunch, hosted by Anita Guinness, mother of James Rothschild. 

As pictured left, Nicky Rothschild wore Azzedine Alaïa from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Mr. Alaïa was the Academy's guest of honor and honorary doctorate recipient in 2005. Tunisian-born Alaïa lives and works in Paris.

Dr. Stephens wore Alexander McQueen. Mr. McQueen was an honorary doctorate recipient in 2006.

Savage Beauty, a retrospective of Mr. McQueen's work is currently on exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Previously, Dr. Stephens attended an event at Kensington Palace in capacity as a member of the Prince of Wales Foundation. As a member of the Foundation, she supports the Prince's Art School located in London.

Mrs. Rothschild celebrated the release of her book, 365 Style, last fall in San Francisco.


Dr. Stephens poses for a selfie with Paris Hilton and Dr. Alan Malouf in London at a pre-wedding dinner party.


All photos courtesy of Dr. Elisa Stephens.