The Kate Middleton wedding dress is one of the latest outfits to stun the bridal world. Created for her marriage to Prince William at London’s Westminster Abbey on 29th April 2011, the gown was designed by Sarah Burton, who is currently the creative director of Alexander McQueen’s fashion brand.
The dress was so admired that it led to high-end fashion magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, awarding the 37-year-old with their Designer of the Year award.
The bridal outfit consisted of a lace appliqué bodice, skirt and veil, and a train measuring 2m, 70cm. The lace was handmade by the Royal School of Needlework, and includes details like roses, shamrocks, daffodils, and thistles.
Unusually, the bride’s hair was left down and the veil held in place by the famous Cartier “halo” diamond tiara. The relatively understated and delicate tiara was made in 1936, and was lent to Kate by Queen Elizabeth.
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When asked about her inspiration for the dress, Sarah Burton said that she wanted to look to both the past and future with its design. On examination, you can clearly see a myriad of Victorian influences, including a cinched-in waist, padded hip, handcrafted lace detail, and a bustle to create the rounded effect at the back. Despite the Victorian references, the dress was cut in a very modern way using light fabrics, and carefully using folds and pleats to “create a modern feel rather than a historical piece.”
The Kate Middleton wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses inspired dozens of replicas and tributes throughout high street stores, and even Debenhams department store launched its own ‘Pippa Middleton-style’ gown in November 2011. Not only did the creation help to firmly install Kate as a national fashion icon, but it also made Miss. Burton one of the most in-demand designers of her time.
If you want a bridal gown that looks timeless, elegant, and feminine yet at the same time moderately conservative, a similar-style dress could be the perfect choice for your forthcoming nuptials.