The moment had finally come and we watched on the edge of our seats as former KATE MIDDLETON now known as CATHERIN HER ROYAL DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE walked down the aisle in her custom made ALEXANDER MCQUEEN to meet her PRINCE. Watched by over 2 billion people from around the world, we will forever know in our hearts where we were when we watched the Royal wedding of William and Catherine.
Right now at this very moment, seamstresses all over the world are making copycat versions of CATHERINE’s dress made by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The designer was only named as the bride stepped out to the adoring public with her father Michael at her side. She had been determined to keep the gown a total secret in the weeks leading up to her marriage to Prince William. And her efforts paid off as Prince William lent in towards her at the altar and said “you look so beautiful”. The elaborate creation – a blend of modern and traditional – was made of ivory and white satin gazar and designed to resemble an open flower. Its intricate train stretched two metres 70 centimetres – extremely modest in comparison to previous Royal brides. The bodice and train were decorated with handcrafted lace applique flowers, made according to the Irish Carrickmacross lace-making technique. St James’s Palace said Kate chose McQueen because of the “beauty of its craftmanship” and “respect for traditional workmanship and technical construction”. “She had a vision in mind that she wanted to support the Arts and Crafts tradition,” a spokesman for the palace said.
The four floral emblems of the United Kingdom – the rose, thistle, daffodil and the shamrock – were incorporated into the lace design.Because the lace was coming from different sources, great care had to be taken to ensure each was exactly the same colour. Individual flowers were hand-cut from English and French Chantilly lace and hand-engineered into the ivory silk tulle to create an “organic” design. Kate wore her hair – which has become her signature – in a demi Chignon with the Queen’s little-known 1936 Cartier “halo” tiara as her “something borrowed”. She opted not to wear a necklace but did have a pair of beautiful pear-shaped diamond drop earrings, which were a wedding gift from her parents.
Kate Middleton arriving at Westminster Abbey
Kate’s sister Pippa helped carry her train into the church.
WAS A McQUEEN DRESS THE RIGHT DECISION?
This question is very much open to public debate and nothing more has made tongues across the world wag like the dress. While I believe some commentators are being polite by blurting out phrases such as; “FIT FOR A PRINCESS” or “DIVINE”. As far as I’m concerned to understand CATHERINE MIDDLETON’s bridal gown is to fully understand her as a whole and her connection with the ALEXANDER McQUEEN brand. I let out a sigh of relief when it was announced who made her gown, after all what better way is there tell the world you’re a modern day princess by all means necessary than donning a McQUEEN dress?
McQUEEN, although British is not your typical classic designer as the brand is known for dramatic and many controversial designs over the years. There was not a single doubt in my mind that Sarah Burton of McQueen could pull off such a delicate and romantic gown for DUCHESS CATHERINE. That being said this dress still had all the necessary elements for a modern day bride. It was understated but yet dramatic in the cuts and the length of the train. The McQUEEN brand was most certainly the way to go.