April 29, 2011 in fashion
It turns out the most persistent rumour was the one that was true – today, Kate Middleton walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey to marry Prince William in a gown by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen (right).
She was always going to look amazing but I know I was blown away by just how beautiful Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge looked for her big day.
According to Clarence House, Kate chose Alexander McQueen “for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing. Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work.”
Clarence House also said Kate worked closely with Sarah Burton on the design of her dress, which features a lace appliqué bodice and skirt. The lace itself was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework and features individual flowers hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design, which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.
The dress underneath is made from ivory and white satin gazar, with a 2.7 metre train and a whopping 58 covered buttons down the back of the gown.
Kate’s beautiful veil features layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, which was also embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The veil is held in place by a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, which is on loan from the Queen.
I haven’t personally had a peek at her shoes yet but apparently they were hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and are made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework (those Needleworkers must have been very busy!)
Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, serves as maid of honour and wears a dress also designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen featuring a cowl neck and the same button detail and lace trims as the Bride’s dress.
Personally, I love that Kate stayed true to her classic style while injecting a bit of the pomp and granduer required for a wedding at Westminster Abbey. What do you think of her choice?