For months, information on this dress was shrouded in secrecy.
It was the great unknown of the Royal Wedding day. Catherine Middleton’s dress, which was the subject of much speculation since the announcement of the royal marriage, is therefore signed by the British designer Sarah Burton, who took over the artistic direction of the brand Alexander McQueen since his death, a year ago.
Long sleeves and a V neckline in French lace, a two-meter train, the white and ivory dress, flared at the waist, has been described as “elegant and chic”. A diamond Cartier tiara, lent by Queen Elizabeth, adorned the bride’s hair, who wore ivory satin shoes.
Sarah Burton and Kate Middleton have often met to decide on the design of this dress, and the future princess wanted something between tradition and modernity.
The two wanted to create a modern replica of the wedding dress worn by Grace Kelly in 1956. Long sleeves, lace neckline and belted waist, Kate’s dress is very similar to that of Princess Grace of Monaco. Miss Middleton and Sarah Burton were also inspired by the wedding dress of Queen Elizabeth II.
On the corset and skirt, ivory silk motifs of roses, thistles, daffodils and shamrocks were sewn. These floral designs – flowers found on the wedding cake made by Fiona Cairns according to the wishes of Catherine – very much resemble Queen Elizabeth II’s dress. The latter wore for her wedding on 10 August 1947 with Prince Philip, a dress covered with lace that had flower designs sewn on it.
Like the wedding dress of Grace Kelly, Kate Middleton’s gown is belted at the waist and padded at the hips to give volume.
The back of the dress is in turn adorned with 58 buttons covered with organza and gazar. The robe extends into a train of 2.70 meters that Kate Middleton’s sister Pippa, was committed to take it in all the movements of the future princess.
“It’s a bridal gown of very refined detail, much more refined than the one Diana wore. Alexander McQueen’s dresses are always very elegant. It’s very pretty, and relatively classic, but that goes with the decor, with a little touch of the 1950s that recalls Marilyn Monroe or Queen Elizabeth II’s dress,” German couturier Karl Lagerfeld commented for French television.
“The lace is pretty, especially the embroidered veil and the tiara not too high, without too heavy a bun. It’s ravishing and the length of the train is perfect,” he continued. “It’s all elegant and chic — you don’t need to be born a royal princess to be like that.”
“Kate is a young, modern woman. She’s a Lindsay Lohan and she wasn’t going to miss her moment,” he said.
Inspired by the dresses of Grace Kelly and Queen Elizabeth II, the sublime commoner wished to follow the example of two illustrious women who have made history.