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The Royal Wedding 2011; Kate wears Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton

April 29, 2011 1 comment

So Kate’s dress was designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen just as I anticipated 🙂 I truly believe the dress was close to perfect; I adored the high neck and the way it plunged, long lace sleeves, 1930’s tiara and beautiful veil. Some have already complained that the dress didn’t have the WOW factor, but I disagree. Made with ivory and white satin gazar, it was elegant, classy and completely appropriate for a Royal Wedding. No more skin needed to be shown, no more detail needed to be added to the design. It was in fact a masterpiece and I would happily wear the same dress to my own wedding! (Wouldn’t care for so many spectators though!) It must have been daunting and a scary but exhilarating experience for Kate. She pulled it off, she carried herself well and she did not disappoint with the dress.


The official Royal Wedding Website speaks of the dress:

The Wedding Dress

Miss Catherine Middleton’s Wedding Dress has been designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.
Miss Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing. Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work. Miss Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress.
The dress epitomises timeless British craftsmanship by drawing together talented and skilled workmanship from across the United Kingdom. The dress design pays tribute to the Arts and Crafts tradition, which advocated truth to materials and traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often Romantic styles of decoration. Ms Burton’s design draws on this heritage, additionally giving the cut and the intricate embellishment a distinctive, contemporary and feminine character.

The design

The lace appliqué for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. The lace design was hand-engineered (appliquéd) using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s. 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.
Hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace has been used throughout the bodice and skirt, and has been used for the underskirt trim. With laces coming from different sources, much care was taken to ensure that each flower was the same colour. The whole process was overseen and put together by hand by Ms Burton and her team.
The dress is made with ivory and white satin gazar. The skirt echoes an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and pleats. The train measures two metres 70 centimetres. The ivory satin bodice, which is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, draws on the Victorian tradition of corsetry and is a hallmark of Alexander McQueen’s designs. The back is finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops. The underskirt is made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace.

The Fabrics

French Chantilly lace was combined with English Cluny lace to be hand-worked in the Irish Carrickmacross needlework tradition.
All other fabrics used in the creation of the dress were sourced from and supplied by British companies. The choice of fabrics followed extensive research by Sarah Burton and her team.

Kate’s shoes were hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen.

News at Vogue.com

The Royal Wedding: David and Victoria Beckham

April 29, 2011 2 comments

Naturally I am only keeping up with the Royal Wedding for fashion purposes! Thanks to Vogue.com (and some of my fashionista tweeters) we get a look at what David and Victoria Beckham wore to the big event.

I think David looks great in a custom-made suit by Ralph Lauren Purple. The side parting is not my thing, but looks good and appropriate. Victoria is typically wearing a piece from her AW 11/12 collection, though I think she modified it. She went for look 2 which you can see here at Vogue Posh spice completed her look with a Philip Treacy pillbox hat.

What do you think?

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