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royal wedding: the bride, the dress.

May 2, 2011

ok so i wasn’t going to do a post on kate middleton (or duchess catherine of cambridge to be politically correct). i thought everyone would be sick and tired and up to their ears in sarah burton/mcqueen/kate talk.

then i changed my mind.

i swear at this moment i thought i was going to shed a few tears. and in my heart, i did.  perhaps it was just the grandeur of the moment, or the fact that this lucky girl would now get to be PRINCESS and live in a CASTLE, that tugged at my heartstrings. but i was overwhelmed.

and i was the most happiest that she chose to wore mcqueen, he would be proud.

kate wore a beautiful ivory sarah burton for mcqueen dress with a sweetheart neckline, narrow waist and full skirt. many people have expressed their wariness about the dress – saying it strays too far from the mcqueen aesthetic but one must remember that it has been customised to be fitting of a royal wedding – not something lady gaga would prance around in.  but if you notice, there are many trademark mcqueen features – the cinched waist, the folds in the back (which resemble a victorian bustle), the overall fabulousness.  while the concept of a lace wedding dress is not entirely ground-breaking (grace kelly) or over-the-top (diana), i think the fact that the future queen of england chose something so not ground-breaking did the trick. she looks clean, simple yet utterly stunning.

ms. sarah burton is a clever little lady is she not? she managed to give this dress as much history and tradition as the wedding itself, while still keeping an element of modernity.  the dress is made out of ivory and white satin with intricate lace detailing on the upper portion and the skirt.

my favorite bit about this dress (predictably) is the absolutely gorgeous lace overlay on the shoulder and sleeves.  i posted this pic to show the detail a bit better.  the lace has been hand-appliquéd using an irish technique called carrickmacross.  rose, thisle, shamrock and daffodils were cut from silk tulle lace and appliquéd  by hand onto the dress.  french chantilly and english lace was also used.

the royal school of needlework worked with the mcqueen team on the gown. according to hilary alexander, the team had to wash their hands every 30 mins to make sure the lace did not get dirty – a trick our liberty addawallas need to learn.

the dress might not have been as extraordinary as the world was expected, but it definitely did not disappoint. i for one am in love with the dress. i think it was the perfect choice for kate and she looked like a dream. she is known for her sleek, chic style and she kept with that on her wedding day.

and it’s mcqueen.

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