Kate Middleton’s wedding gown epitomizes iconic bridal attire
Fashion and Royalty have always enjoyed a special friendship. From the elegant aristocracy whose lifestyles and opulent sense of fashion, especially during royal weddings were studied in history books, to the more modern members of royal lineage, whose weddings were captured and beamed to television sets worldwide; Royalty, Fashion, and indeed, Royal weddings, have for long, captured the imagination and fancy of many a bride to-be, leaving them with the fervent wish that they too, will one day be able to afford and enjoy the glamour and elegance of a royal wedding. Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, certainly had photographers, fashion writers, and innumerable brides sighing with delight as she walked down the aisle in a custom made gown which is quoted by the acclaimed Vogue magazine as being, “the best-guarded secret in fashion history”.
Catherine “Kate” Middleton, better referred to as the current Duchess of Cambridge, achieved a feat in partnership with her designer, Alexander McQueen’s creative head, Sarah Burton. Much to the surprise of the curious public, and additionally curious media, the two collaborated and conceptualized one of the most anticipated wedding dresses in the world. The result involved gasps of surprise as Middleton walked down the aisle, a vision in a custom made long-sleeved lace and ivory gown which seemed to pay homage to another Royal icon, Princess of Monaco and former actress, Grace Kelly, who’s wedding gown is no doubt still considered as being one of the most iconic in the world.
The dress is said to have cost upwards of 250,000 British pounds, and was created by embroiderers at the Royal School of Needlework. Keeping in line with the extreme secrecy, which surrounded the creation of the dress along with media curiosity regarding the same, it is humorously noted that media members were all provided with conflicting details about it, perhaps keeping in mind the intended element of surprise, which was planned. However what is presently known is that the dress was constructed out of ivory and white satin gazar with soft pleats which were meant to resemble an opening flower, with a semi-bustle in Victorian style at the back. The bodice, constructed out of ivory shaded satin, was created keeping in mind McQueen’s quintessential style, and involved some added padding in the hip area, the intention being to highlight the Duchess’s tiny waist. It was completed with floral lace motifs appliqued onto tulle fabric and complemented by 58 organza and gazar buttons, each fastened with the help of rouleau loops and ending to meet the skirt.
Among the many compliments received from within the fashion fraternity and from within fellow Royalty, the most valued compliment was undoubtedly from Prince William himself, who, as per tradition, had not been permitted to view the dress till the say of the wedding. The Prince’s whispered, “you look beautiful”, was a sure sign of the dress’s success at impressing both public as well as family.
With its respectful tribute to the classic iconic wedding dresses of yesteryear and quiet but determined individual statement in itself, representing a regard for both modernity as well as tradition, Kate Middleton’s wedding dress has married not only her, but also fashion to Royalty yet again with understated elegance which can only be expected out of aristocracy.
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