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Friday
Apr292011

Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress: Designer Revealed

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(LONDON) -- At last, the moment the world has been waiting for: Kate Middleton revealed her wedding dress, a lace and ivory satin design by Sarah Burton, the creative director for the late Alexander McQueen.

Looking both modern and traditional, Middleton also wore a tiara and short veil that covered her face.

The dress' train measures about eight feet.  The ivory satin bodice, which is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, draws on the Victorian tradition of corsetry and is a hallmark of Alexander McQueen's designs.  The back is finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops.  The underskirt is made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny.

Fashion lovers around the globe have been waiting for months for a glimpse of the year's most anticipated outfit, which has been shrouded in mystery and the subject of speculation almost since the day Middleton and Prince William announced their engagement.

In the hours leading up to the wedding, clues pointed to Burton.  A woman wearing accessories favored by Burton -- a distinctive studded leather belt doubled through the belt loops of her jeans and ballet pumps -- was seen Thursday going into the Goring Hotel, the Middleton family headquarters, according to the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph.

The woman hid her hair and face under a fur "trapper" hat in an attempt to hide her identity from the swarms of photographers and television crews.

Last month, the Telegraph reported that Middleton chose Burton "for the discretion afforded by her relatively low profile, as well as for her alternative take on elegance."  Burton's work is said to have "caught Middleton's eye" when she designed an off-the-shoulder wedding dress for Sara Buys, a fashion journalist who in 2005 married Tom Parker Bowles, Camilla's son. Buys is reportedly friendly with Middleton.´╗┐

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Sunday
Mar062011

Designer of Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding Gown Revealed?

David Cheskin - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- It has been the question on the tip of everyone's tongue since the royal engagement was announced – who will Kate Middleton wear when she walks down the aisle?

Now the designer of the dress of the year has been announced: Sarah Burton, of Alexander McQueen. Allegedly.

Though the princess-to-be is trying to keep the designer of her gown under a tight lid, London's Sunday Times reported Sunday that 36-year-old Burton has won the coveted job.

"A fashion source said that the dress will be a combination of Middleton's own design ideas and Burton's deep knowledge and understanding of high fashion," the Times reported. Burton, who took over as creative director at Alexander McQueen after the designer's tragic suicide in February last year, is no stranger to showing off her stunning work at high-profile events for world figures.

In the realm of U.K. royalty, she designed the off-the-shoulder gown worn by Sara Buys, bride of Tom Parker Bowles, son of Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Bowles. And more recently she was behind Michelle Obama's red gown worn at a January White House state dinner.

"I am not doing it," she said, when asked of her involvement with the gown.

Traditionally designers at royal weddings are sworn to secrecy about any involvement in the event, and Burton, in typical fashion, is denying any involvement.

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