Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was surprisingly understated for a royal wedding seen around the world, but the look was beautiful and classic, emulating an opening flower. The dress was designed by Sarah Burton for the famous Alexander McQueen fashion house in London. The details of the dress were kept secret until the wedding, but no one found out until the wedding itself.
The dress is made of both French and English lace, and ivory and white satin. Much of the lace was made by the Royal School of Needlework. The train is an impressive but tasteful nine feet long. Middleton worked with designer Sarah Burton to get the dress exactly to her specifications.
Official statements noted that Middleton wished to combine tradition and modernity, “with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work.” She and Burton worked closely together in formulating the dress design.
Middleton’s shoes were handmade and also designed by McQueen.
The Sarah Burton of her day, Elizabeth Emanuel created the wedding dress worn by the late Princess of Wales on her wedding day to Prince Charles in 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Diana wore an ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown, with a 25-foot train, valued then at £9000. It became one of the most famous dresses in the world, and was considered one of the most closely guarded secrets in fashion history.
The dress was described as a dress that “had to be something that was going to go down in history, but also something that Diana loved”, and one which would be “suitably dramatic in order to make an impression”.
Diana Spencer had personally selected the designers to make her wedding dress as she had been fond of a chiffon blouse which they designed for her formal photo session with Lord Snowdon.
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