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Kate Middleton wears Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
Finally we know and Catherine Middelton most certainly did not disappoint. After months of speculation, incessant rumours and chaos in the blogosphere, the newly-crowned Princess chose a glorious gown by
Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. According to the
official wedding website, the bride selected the British brand Alexander McQueen "for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanhship." The dress design pays tribute to the Arts and Crafts tradition, while giving it a modern and feminine character. The lace appliqué for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework and hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace has been used throughout the bodice and skirt. The entire process (hours to create unknown) was overseen and put together by hand by Ms Burton and her team. Perhaps most significant is the ivory satin bodice itself with narrowed waist and padded hips: Not only is reported that such a design is inspired by the Victorian tradition of corsetry, but it is also a distinctive signature of Alexander McQueen’s designs.
Princess Middelton’s tiara is vintage Cartier (1936) and given to Queen Elizabeth on the occasion of her 18th birthday. Her earrings, designed by Robinson Pelham, are diamond-set oak leaves with diamond acorns in the centre (designed to represent Middleton’s new coat of arms which has three acorns representing the three Middleton children) and were a personal gift from her parents. Speaking of, reports state that Middleton’s parents did donate to the wedding and paid for the flowers, her dress and the upcoming honeymoon. Pippa, Princess Middleton’s sister and maid-of-honour was also clad in an ivory dress designed by Alexander McQueen as English tradition dictates that the bridal party’s wardrobe echo the bride’s gown. Perhaps most romantic was Princess Middelton’s simple, yet elegant, bouquet: An arrangement of lily-of-the-valley, hyacinth, myrtle (the emblem of love) and Sweet William, signifying gallantry and the new union with her husband. What do you think of Princess Middelton’s dress?