All hail the (Mc)Queen: Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.

The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now Princess Catherine (plus three other titles) was yesterday, spent in a patriotic, booze-fuelled, rose-tinted romcom of a day.

The evening before however, was spent in a flurry of text and tweets as the Royal wedding rumour mill went in to over drive-Sarah Burton, head designer at Alexander McQueen was spotted slipping in to the Goring Hotel, where the soon-to-be-Princess was camping out on the eve of her wedding. It was also claimed that the dress was to be vintage McQueen. A fashion source has said that the the dress was to be a mix of Kate’s own designs and Sarah’s deep knowledge.

The Sunday Times and the Sunday Times Style, weeks and weeks before published a story saying the dress was to be McQueen and designed by Sarah Burton herself. Tiffanie Darke, editor of Style, was on morning tv clearly stating that the dress was to be McQueen. It is also believed that editor of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, recommended Sarah Burton when asked for advice by the palace

The dress made from Chantilly lace-appliqued, corseted bodice and padded hips carried a train of perfect length-not too long. The lace added coverage suitable for a wedding and Westminister Abbey but was given a certain about of newly wed sauce with a deep-v neck. I believe Harry was caught sneaking a peak!

Kate’s hair was styled by  James Pryce, creative director at Richard Ward salon, supported by Richard Ward, the rest of the bridal party were styled by the Richard Ward team. Kate’s hair was  fastened half up to show off the tiara whilst the rest of the hair was loose and was in heavy curls so they didn’t fly in to her face. The look was called a ‘Demi Chignon,’ which combines classic bride with couture.

It was a great day for British fashion and for Sarah Burton. After having executed two perfect seasons as head designer at  McQueen then winning the commission of the century, Burton has now cemented her name as a key fashion player.

My own outfit for the day consisted of a vintage print floor-skimming dress, victory rolls for the hair and  a dash of red lipstick.

Here are a few of my souvenirs from the day…


~ by Rae on April 30, 2011.

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