Finally! After months and months of desperate speculation, and even sketches aiming to read Kate’s mind and predict the future, we finally know The Dress that Kate Middleton wore when she officially became Princess Kate!
She made a good choice. It’s a beautiful silhouette with a cinched waist and lots of delicate lace. It just screams “Princess Dress!” It also was heavily inspired by Princess Grace’s wedding gown (On April 19, 1956 Hollywood actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco.) Both Kate and Grace’s dresses have delicate lace sleeves, and perfectly cinched waists.
So who was the lucky designer?
Sarah Burton, creative director at the Alexander McQueen house, was the lucky designer to take on the high pressure, and highly historic task.
In an interview with the Press Association, Burton explained:
“Alexander McQueen’s designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes. 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.”
Kate’s tiara, however, was lent to her from The Queen. It’s a halo-style Cartier tiara that was given to The Queen Mother (Queen Elizabeth’s mom) in 1936 by King George. On Queen Elizabeth’s 18th birthday, she was gifted sparkly headpiece.
Details about the dress:
“French Chantilly lace was combined with English Cluny lace to be hand-worked in the Irish Carrickmacross needlework tradition.”
‘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.”
Oddly enough, Kate’s sister and maid of honor Pippa Middleton also wore a white Alexander McQueen gown to the wedding, a usual wedding no-no. Pippa’s was elegant, but didn’t outshine her sister’s detailed gown: