Kate Middleton wedding dress exhibition launches today

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Only a few short months after Catherine Middleton walked down the etherial aisle at Westminster Abbey to marry her Prince, (Prince William) the now infamous lace Alexander McQueen wedding gown – as designed by Sarah Burton –  the Duchess of Cambridge wore is set to go on public display at Buckingham Palace.

It is noted that the Queen herself will attend the exhibition today before it opens to the public this weekend, with latest figures suggesting that advance sales are up 107 per cent, to view this Royal Collection display, on last year. A staggering 125,751 tickets have been sold already with the viewing capacity edged up to 643,000 to allow extra visitors.

The exhibition – as part of the annual summer opening at Buckingham Palace – will also show off the Queen’s Cartier “Halo” tiara, (borrowed of course for this showing) alongside floral displays, The Duchess’ shoes, wedding cake and the famous acorn diamond earrings that were especially created by jewellers Robinson Pelham for the Duchess’ parents as a wedding gift from them to her.

There will also be a five-minute video from designer Sarah Burton on the technicalities behind the wedding dress, explaining her choice of effect, fabrics and design. 

With such an iconic dress on display it seems imperative to steal a glance before the dress goes back into secure storage under the Queen’s guard.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress exhibition is open at Buckingham Palace until October 3, 2011. For more information visit www.royalcollection.org, or call 020 7766 7300. 

The Royal Wedding review

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It seems like a million years ago already, but as Prince William stepped out in his Irish Guards military uniform by Kashket & Partners we all squealed with excitement, for it was until this point that Britain had taken a back step with patriotism and was acting like we were completely not bothered that the wedding of the century was taking place.

We had watched mesmerised as royalty, MP’s and celebrities all arrived early at Westminster Abbey; which was transformed into an ethereal magical woodland wonderland with Maple Trees and more.

Then as the Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton arrived, men everywhere took notice; who was this beautiful bridesmaid who at that point was upstaging the bride? Dressed in a slinky silk and lace McQueen floor length gown by Sarah Burton, Pippa wowed the crowds with a simple floral display in her hair and stunning Robinson Pelham jewels.

In fact jewellers Robinson Pelham where the driving force behind all of the Middleton family that poignant day. Princess Catherine’s parents Carole and Michael had commissioned the company to produce a pair of hand-made bespoke earrings for Catherine as a wedding gift, showcasing her new coat of arms that included an acorn and oak leaves all set in stunning pave diamonds, and echoed her chosen tiara.

Robinson Pelham earrings worn by Catherine Middleton

Robinson Pelham earrings worn by Catherine Middleton

Mother of the bride, Carole Middleton wore a tourmaline and diamond pendant and matching earring whilst two gold stick pins, one with a single gold acorn at the head and the other with an oak leaf, were also adorned by the Father of the bride, Michael, and the bride’s brother, James.

As Miss Catherine Middleton stepped out from the Goring Hotel in London, into her waiting car, we all snatched a glimpse of her wedding gown: beautiful long-sleeved lace encapsulated over a heart-shaped bodice.

We were then stunned when she arrived at the Abbey and was helped out of the car: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen was the choice, and everything down to the slimline skirt with lace applique was perfect. This was a women who knows her own mind and had matched the church perfectly to her elegant gown.

Sarah Burton followed with a statement later that day:

“It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress, and I have enjoyed every moment of it.  It was such an incredible honour to be asked, and I am so proud of what we and the Alexander McQueen team have created. I am delighted that the dress represents the best of British craftsmanship.  Alexander McQueen’s designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes and I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lace work, with a modern structure and design we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day.

“The last few months have been very exciting and an incredible experience for my team and I as we have worked closely with Catherine to create this dress under conditions of the strictest secrecy.  Understandably, Catherine has been very keen to keep the details of her dress a secret, which is every bride’s prerogative, and we gave an undertaking to keep our role confidential until the day of the wedding.

“Catherine looked absolutely stunning today, and the team at Alexander McQueen are very proud of what we have created.   The dress was just one component of a spectacular day, and I do not think it is appropriate to comment any further beyond saying that I personally am very grateful and honoured to have been given the opportunity to work on this project, and I wish TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge every good wish for the future.”

Apart from the fabulous gown; which the Duchess of Cambridge later changed for the evening party, the highlights were lip-reading; as at one point when they left the Abbey Prince William turned to Kate and mouthed ‘Wow, this is mad’, speaking of the crowds who had turned out in their thousands to watch them. Princess Catherine also mouthed back, ‘Are you happy?’, in which the Prince replied blushing ‘Yes’.

Will & Kate’s departure in their vintage Aston Martin, waving to fans and looking immensely happy as they headed to Clarence House was also another highlight, putting on a show for the well-wishes.

But, how, oh how we would have loved to be a fly on the wall for Prince Harry’s speech and the evening reception…

Erdem collections for H&M?

Prince of prints, fashion designer  Erdem Moralioglu has been mentioned at the new designer du jour to collaborate with high street chain H&M, but, is there any truth in the matter?

“It’s come up so many times, but I’m just too focused on my own collection at this point,” he commented. “It takes up all my time! But in the future, down the line – who knows?”

The Canadian-born designer, 35, who has worked for the likes of Diane von Furstenburg in New York before launching his own line in 2005 has also been hotly tipped to be designing the dress of the century – Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, but is that all just smokes and mirrors too?

“I mean, any mention like that is just a huge compliment,” Erdem told Fashionista. “It’s so flattering! I will say that Kate is very beautiful.”

I suppose with Sarah Burton from McQueen and various other designers being mentioned we’ll just have to wait and see.

SOURCE: Vogue.co.uk

Is this Kate Middleton’s wedding dress?

It seems fitting that as Sarah Burton has been mentioned as the designer to be dressing Kate Middleton for her forthcoming nuptials next month, that Kate Moss should now appear in Harper’s Bazaar latest May 2011 issue adorning what seems to be like an exceptionally chic wedding gown by the late Alexander McQueen.

 

Kate Moss in Alexander McQueen for Harper's Bazaar

Kate Moss in Alexander McQueen for Harper's Bazaar

This is not the first time however that Moss has adorned this fabulous flowing gown, as she actually wore this iconic dress back in 2006 when she modelled as a hologram in McQueen’s Autumn/winter 2006 show.

 

The Bazaar issue which is based on the theme of ‘Fashion Royalty’, celebrates Moss the Queen of the modelling world. Moss is also pictured in another iconic style flouncey white wedding gown, which is this time designed by Burton for McQueens latest collections. Could this be a nod to Kate Middleton’s choice, or to the Royal establishment? Only time will tell…

Sarah Burton of McQueen to design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress

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Announced on ITN’s News at Ten yesterday evening it was stated that fashion designer Sarah Burton was to create Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress for her Royal Wedding this coming spring.

In little over a month (April 29th, 2011) Ms Middleton will walk down the aisle and marry Prince William, and not since the Diana – Prince Charles wedding has such controversy or delight been roused in the UK press.

Catherine and William have chosen to forego quite a few Royal traditions such as one wedding dress (supposedly) and changing Prince Harry’s position as a ‘Supporter’ to a more modern ‘Best Man’ role. So, as they to are moving with the times it seems fitting that Ms Middleton has chosen an ‘out-of-the-box’ designer such as McQueen; and with the late ‘Lee’ Alexander McQueen unfortunately no longer with us it seems again quite poignant that Sarah Burton his predecessor, friend, and confidant, be there on hand to design the dress as McQueen’s creative director.

However, amid the rumours, the house of McQueen are still fiercely denying having won this commission. But this would make sense as the details are being sworn to secrecy as the chosen couturier has already been working on the dress inside Buckingham Palace.

It would be a smart move for Burton, 36, to have designed the dress though. As a relatively unknown designer it would show that Ms Middleton is nurturing new talent, as did Diana, Princess of Wales, and would put British dress-making front stage and centre on the fashion map once more.

Let’s just watch this space for further news…

 

Kate Middleton to wear two wedding dresses

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According to Styleist.com, Kate Middleton is due to wear not one, but two designer gowns on her wedding day this forthcoming April (29, 2011).

Apparently fashion designer Bruce Oldfield has let slip that the Princess in waiting is due to wear two gowns instead of the traditional one, making this a wedding event not to miss. He stated on “Good Morning America” that Kate may walk down the aisle in a more conservative number, and then change for the evening reception which is due to be hosted by her future father-in-law Prince Charles. “There will be two dresses,” he stated unquestionably.

But how does he know? During, the interview he told ABC correspondent Elizabeth Vargas that the dress will have ‘sleeves’, and acted like a man who had inside knowledge of the palace’s wedding closet, sparking even more controversy around the royal wedding.

Describing the bride-to-be as a “slim, gorgeous” down-to-earth woman, who is “just an ordinary girl who happened to bag the big one.” He also added that a veil is set to be worn alongside the dress.

However, speculation has been in over drive since Kate’s mother Carole, and sister, Pippa, were spotted in Bruce’s London dress shop a few weeks back.

But if you really want to know what designer, or style, Middleton is wearing then your best bet is to camp outside the palace doors…