Jessica Simpson's Carolina Herrera Wedding Dress: Watch Them Discuss the Gown! (VIDEO)

07/08/2014 at 08:00 AM ET

JEssica Simpson wedding dress fittingDavid Buchan/Getty

For the breathtaking gown that Jessica Simpson wore for her wedding to Eric Johnson in Santa Barbara, Calif., on July 5, the bride didn’t serve as the only muse.

Designer Carolina Herrera reveals in PEOPLE’s exclusive video that she also drew inspiration from the famed portrait of Empress Elisabeth “Sissi” of Austria painted by Franz Zaver Winterhalter in 1865.

“It reminds me of the way I want you to look,” Herrera told Simpson during her dress fitting at the designer’s New York City atelier June 11. “You told me before you wanted to be very regal. I thought this is fantastic for the whole idea.”

“I love that you’re inspired by a painting,” Simpson said. “It makes me feel special.”

RELATED: See the first sketch of Simpson’s gold-and-ivory gown!

She’s not the only one who felt that way: Simpson’s 2-year-old daughter, Maxwell, also wore Carolina Herrera for the family’s big day.

Said the proud mom of her mini-me, who participated in the wedding: “She’s going to feel like a princess.”

Watch Herrera and Simpson discuss Herrera’s inspiration board, below, and tell us: What do you think of the different imagery incorporated into Simpson’s gown? Are you excited to see the final result?

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Kelli on

This video game me chills just thinking about how beautiful everything was going to be! I can’t wait to see more pictures!

Life goes on on

The picture was of Empress Elisabeth ( called Sissi ) by her Austrian and Hungarian people. She was a very young bride and very loved. She was also a very good dresser, And died pretty young.

Bianca on

How wonderful to create such a special gown with such a talented designer that epitomizes grace and femininity. Love the reference to the Austria Princess Sissi, actually a modern recreation of her dress would be perfect! Can’t wait to see the final product.

Christine on

She seems so humble and down to earth. She’s obviously so incredibly beautiful on the outside, but her inside makes her even more so. I cannot wait to see the dress, her kids, the groom.. the whole thing!

lakeshore1 on

I’d buy into a celebrity’s wedding a heck of a lot more, if there wasn’t a PR blitz. Who is this wedding really for? I’ve gone to a wedding where a hundred thousand dollars was spent and another where they’ve spent probably $1,000. I’ll attend a thrifty wedding any day, because I feel like I’m truly there to celebrate a couple’s love and commitment, not to witness an extravaganza that’s all about showing off the custom-made designer bridal gown. At the end of the day, it’s more important that your focus is on each other and your family. Throwing huge amounts of money won’t make your wedding any more meaningful. And it won’t make your marriage any stronger.

Tootsie on

Love how they call Maxwell her mini-me. The duck lips maybe, but Jessica has brown hair and brown eyes. Max is not even close.

Raisa on

Stop with the stupid articles and post a picture of Jessica in her wedding gown already.

Karen on

She’s a wonderful designer and very business saavy too! The dress absolutely beautiful! She deserves all the happiness in the world!

Bill on

You people are beyond scary.

JP on

Sounds beautiful

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