It was the gasp heard around the world. The moment Kate Middleton stepped out in front of her admiring public to unveil her ivory and satin Alexander McQueen gown, fashion editors and commentators united in praise.
The blushing bride looked stunning and elegant in a long-sleeve lace, ivory and satin gown with a flattering V neckline and just over 8-foot-long train (2 meters 70 centimeters), an underskirt of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace, and a simple veil made of layers of soft ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers and a tiara. The dress designed by Sarah Burton for British fashion house Alexander McQueen is simply breathtaking and truly fit for a princess.
Kate did keep to tradition with something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Kate’s “something new” were her earrings. They were a gift from her parents based on the family’s new coat of arms. The earrings were diamond set oak leaves with a pear-shaped drop and a diamond acorn.
The bride’s “something borrowed” as well as “something old” was the 1936 diamond Cartier Halo tiara from the Queen. And finally there was an unseen piece of blue ribbon sewn into the lining of the dress.
Sarah Burton created a fairytale of a dress working with Kate to design a dress that would capture Kate’s essence. The dress married the best of bridal traditions with the very best of high fashion. With its necessary long sleeves and bustle of over-sized pleats towards the back of the dress, the dress stayed true to Alexander McQueen while encompassing Kate’s simple and elegant style.
The dress really is fit for a future (Mc)Queen!