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Friday
Jul222011

Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress on Display at Buckingham Palace

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Those shoes. Those diamonds. That dress.

The nuptials were months ago and the duke and duchess are already settling into married life, but there's no reason to forget Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding day.

Beginning Saturday, Buckingham Palace will host an exhibit with some of the most memorable ornaments from William and Kate's special day: the 3-foot-high wedding cake, the glittering Cartier tiara borrowed from the Queen and, of course, the gown that spurred a ripple of copycats and envious brides around the world.

"I think the thing that people will really see when they come here to view the dress is just how beautiful the detail is," said curator Caroline de Guitaut of the Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen design.

The satin-gazar and lace wedding dress was handmade at the Royal School of Needlework by staff, tutors, graduates, and students from around the world. As they applied yards-long lace appliqué to the dress, they washed their hands every half hour to ensure it stayed immaculate.

Although visitors might not get close enough to slip their feet into the bride's size 8 Alexander McQueen heels, it's still a treat for those who didn't get a coveted invite to the wedding.

The display runs until October as part of the palace's Royal Faberge exhibit.

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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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Thursday
Apr282011

Royal Wedding: Schedule for Prince William, Kate Middleton's Big Day

Copyright 2010 Mario Testino(LONDON) -- The following schedule of royal wedding events is in Eastern Standard Time:

3:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m. -- The morning of April 29 will start with an announcement from the Queen's office stating the titles that Prince William and Kate Middleton will take.

3:15 a.m. -- General wedding guests will start showing up at Westminster Abbey. These guests will enter the church through the Great North Door.

4:50 a.m. -- VIPs, such as governors-general and prime ministers of countries under the Commonwealth of England, Diplomatic Corps and distinguished guests, arrive at Westminster Abbey. They will enter the church through the West Door.

5:10 a.m. -- Prince William and best man Prince Harry depart Clarence House.

5:15 a.m. -- Prince William and Prince Harry arrive at Westminster Abbey.

5:20 a.m. -- Members of foreign royal families, including Prince Albert of Monaco and Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain, arrive at the church.

5:20 a.m. -- Kate's mother, Carole Middleton, and brother, James Middleton, depart the Goring Hotel.

5:27 a.m. -- Carole and James Middleton arrive at Westminster Abbey.

5:30 a.m. -- Members of the royal family begin arriving at the Abbey.

5:38 a.m. -- Father of the groom, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, depart Clarence House.

5:40 a.m. -- Prince Andrew (uncle of the groom) and his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie; Princess Anne (aunt of the groom), and her husband; and Prince Edward (uncle of the groom) and his wife arrive at Westminster Abbey and enter church through the West Door.

5:40 a.m. -- Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip depart Buckingham Palace.

5:40 a.m. -- Prince William and Prince Harry will move into St. Edmunds Chapel until moments before the royal wedding begins.

5:42 a.m. -- Prince Charles and Camilla arrive at the Abbey.

5:45 a.m. -- Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are the last guests to arrive at Westminster Abbey.

5:48 a.m. -- Kate's bridesmaids and William's pageboys depart the Goring Hotel.

5:51 a.m. -- Kate Middleton, accompanied by her father, will depart the Goring Hotel in a 1978 Rolls-Royce from the royal state car collection and make her way to Westminster Abbey.

5:55 a.m. -- Bridesmaids and pages arrive at the church.

5:58 a.m. -- The bride, Kate Middleton, who will be officially be known as Catherine, and her father Michael arrive at Westminster Abbey.

6 a.m. -- The ceremony begins. The service is set to last just over an hour and will include vows and a sermon delivered by the Bishop of London, private clergyman to the queen.

7:15 a.m. -- Prince William and the new Princess Catherine will depart Westminster Abbey, by carriage, and process to Buckingham Palace. The carriage carrying the bride and groom will be followed by 4 other carriages carrying their bridal party, parents and Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

7:30 a.m. -- The bride and groom arrive at the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace.

7:40 a.m. -- Members of the royal family, foreign royal families, and other reception guests begin arriving at Buckingham Palace.

8:25 a.m. -- The married couple reappear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace with the Queen and their families for 10 minutes.

8:30 a.m. -- The Royal Air Force, where Prince William serves as a search-and-rescue pilot, will perform a flyover.

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Thursday
Apr282011

Kate Middleton: What Will She Wear for the Royal Wedding?

Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images(LONDON) -- Ahead of Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day, one major question remains: what will she wear?

Millions of people will watch Middleton walk down the aisle of Westminster Abbey Friday morning. Still, what she'll be clad in remains a mystery, a subject of speculation that has had the fashion world scratching its collective head for months.

All will be revealed at 6 a.m. ET when the designer's name, along with photographs and sketches of Middleton's gown, will be posted on the official royal wedding website.

About the only certainty right now is that the dress will be made by a British designer.

Many media outlets have speculated that the dress will be a creation of Sarah Burton's, the designer for the late Alexander McQueen. She was considered McQueen's right-hand prior to his 2010 death and was head of design for the label's women's wear since 2000.

The Daily 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.

Considered one of Britain's edgiest labels, a McQueen dress would be in line with Middleton's interest in fashion. On the other hand, that interest in fashion lends credence to the Daily Mail's report that Middleton designed the dress herself.

Middleton has long been interested in fashion and design. She worked for the British apparel chain Jigsaw as an accessories buyer after graduating from St. Andrews University, where she studied art history. It was at St. Andrews where she modeled in a student fashion show and reportedly caught Prince William's eye in a see-through dress.

In addition to the dress, there has been widespread speculation about the shoes that Middleton will wear. The Huffington Post reported that the bride-to-be commissioned four pairs of shoes for her wedding day, each with different heel heights. The lowest will be used to walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey and are expected to be covered with multiple layers of silk and embroidery.

Middleton will reportedly change out of those shoes and into more festive heels for Friday afternoon and evening events, where she will perhaps, to the delight of the fashion-loving masses, debut a party-ready dress or two, too.

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Monday
Apr182011

Kate Middleton Designing Her Own Wedding Dress?

David Cheskin - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The designer of Kate Middleton's top-secret wedding dress may be staring the future princess in the mirror. New reports point to Kate as the visionary behind the dress, drawing inspiration from her study of Renaissance art and Princess Diana's iconic frock.

The Daily Mail quoted an "impeccably-placed source" who claims Kate whisked her personal sketches to an experienced designer to make her vision a reality. Ivory satin, lace and pearls and a 10-foot train are all reportedly part of the creation, now stored securely at Clarence House.

Some reports say the surprise co-creator may be Sophie Cranston, who creates couture bridal collections. She's the 34-year-old British designer behind Libelula, a label she established after studying under Alexander McQueen and Alice Temperley. Kate wore one of Libelula's ebony velvet topcoats with a diamante buckle over a diaphanous black dress in January 2011 to a friend's wedding. Cranston is the latest in a series of names pointed to as the designer behind the bespoke commission.

A friend of the royal couple told the Mail, "the dressmaker is fairly unknown and from a relatively small design house. But make no mistake, whoever's name emerges on the day, this is very much Catherine's dress."

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Tuesday
Apr052011

Is Alice Temperley Creating Dress for Royal Wedding?

David Cheskin - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A new fashion frenzy has broken out after Kate Middleton's sister, Pippa, and mother, Carole, were spotted at Alice Temperley's London boutique. The designer greeted them warmly and the two women spent several hours at the showroom, according to the Daily Mail. Now the British designer is the focus of fevered speculation that she's the one designing Pippa's maid-of-honor dress, and perhaps Kate's wedding dress.

"It's usually tradition that the bride will choose the same designer for the bridesmaid dresses," Lindka Cierach, Sarah Ferguson's wedding dress and bridesmaid dress designer, told ABC News.

Kate has worn Temperley before -- most notably in December 2010, just after she and Prince William announced their engagement. Kate turned up at a charity event wearing a black and white silk chiffon frock from the designer's 2009 collection, teamed with a black blazer.

Temperley has dressed a number of high-profile brides, including Milla Jovovich and Emilia Fox. The designer told Vogue UK she strives to "make the bride look beautiful, not to chase or create trends."

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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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