God Save McQueen! Catherine Middleton in the Royal Wedding, one of the most watched and most talked about events of my lifetime, wore British label Alexander McQueen! After months of speculation, rumors, and countless attempts to solve the mystery of who the royal bride would wear, the dress has finally been revealed. Kate looked absolutely stunning in her long-sleeved, ivory lace and satin gown, designed by Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen. “Alexander McQueen’s designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes,” Burton said in an interview with the Press Association. “I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design, we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day.” Indeed, they certainly did. She could have worn any dress by any designer in the world, but I think she made the right decision, don’t you? It is estimated that Kate’s McQueen design is worth more than $83,000! I’m sure well worth the price.
Now here are the fabulous details I’m sure you are dying to know:
The fabrics: “French Chantilly lace was combined with English Cluny lace to be hand-worked in the Irish Carrickmacross needlework tradition.” The most delicate and luxurious fabrics with a British touch.
The design: “Individual flowers have been 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.” A design full of tradition combined with modernity.
The jewels: “[The earrings] are diamond-set stylised oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop and a pavé set diamond acorn suspended in the centre. Inspiration for the design comes from the Middleton family’s new coat of arms, which includes acorns and oak leaves.” Only the best for the future Queen.
The shoes: “The wedding shoes have made 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.” Extravagance down to every small detail.
The veil: “The veil is made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers… and held in place by a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen.” Who doesn’t love Cartier or a tiara?
The hair: The royal bride opted for a natural “demi-chignon,” styled by James Pryce from Kate’s favorite salon, Richard Ward of Chelsea, London. A flawless style no doubt.
Comparisons have been made between Kate and Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco. I can see the similarities, both classic beauties, both with excellent fashion sense. Here is a picture of Grace of her wedding day wearing a similar design. I think it’s safe to say we do indeed have a new Grace Kelly among us. Catherine Middleton did not disappoint, she looked absolutely stunning. Congratulations to happy couple William and Kate!