Friday, 29 April 2011

Kate Middleton - totally English design


After months of international speculation, the beautiful Kate Middleton revealed the winning wedding look as she walked into Westminster Abbey to marry Prince William.


Her vintage-inspired v-neck ivory gown by Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton featured long, lace sleeves and a sweetheart style bodice. The bodice, skirt and underskirt were constructed out of French Chantilly and English Cluny lace while the skirt was a luxe ivory and white satin gazer. The veil a 2.7 metres completed the overall elegant and iconic look. Kate's wedding shoes also created by the Alexander McQueen team, in duchess' satin shoes hand-embroidered with lace at the Royal School of Needlework in Surrey, UK. 
Kate wore a Cartier tiara, loaned to her by the Queen. And Middleton's parents bought her matching Robinson Pelham earrings.



So did the inspiration for the design come from the late great Grace Kelly who married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956. The Oscar-winning American actresses dress by MGM studio costume designer Helen Rose. It was created from 125-year-old Valenciennes rose-point lace, silk taffeta and 98 yards of tulle and took more than a dozen seamstresses six weeks to complete.


So just who is Sarah Burton?  The 36-year-old Brit was mentored by the late designer McQueen for 14 years. When McQueen died in 2010, Burton transitioned from assistant to creative director of his company.


More trend setting ideas to following soon......

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