Royally married, McQueen style

One of the biggest events that just passed is the Royal wedding that occurred last Friday. On top of all the splendour, I wanted to focus on the gown that Catherine Middleton wore; a McQueen fit for a queen! How beautiful it is. It’s extravagant and elegant, yet sombre and timeless.

In fact, it looks like it was inspired by American actress Grace Kelly’s wedding gown which she wore when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956.

 I love that Sarah Burton made sure to use British materials and traditional crafts and skills to create the gown.

“The almost Victorian ivory satin bodice and the daringly padded, McQueen trademark hips made the waist appear smaller than it really is. The back was finished with 58 gazar and organza-covered buttons fastened by long, thin Rouleau loops. The underskirt was made of silk tulle trimmed with daisies made from Cluny lace, originally used on bedlinen in the 16th century. The shoes were also by McQueen. … Other detailing, though, was exquisite, and proudly made by British artisans, using British fabric where possible. The hand-cut English lace appliqué for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace, while the lace design was appliquéd using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s  and was ‘made by the rural poor for the rich and famous’.  It’s a huge shame that such craft is now an anomaly. Sarah Burton had to search far and wide to conjure up a dress that is as home grown as possible, when in reality, no one makes clothes or even fabric here any more.” – dailymail (Read more here. )

Gown: Alexander McQueen
Shoes: Alexander McQueen
Head dress: ‘1936’ Cartier ‘Halo’ tiara
Engagement ring: 18-carat Sapphire and diamond ring by Garrard jewellers (previously owned by Princess Diana)
Wedding band: Wartski created (made of Welsh gold given to Prince William by Queen Elizabeth after his engagement)

Looking at Sarah Burton’s design for Alexander McQueen RTW Fall 2011, it sure seems that wedding gowns have been on her mind during her designing process. With all the white layers and waves of tulles and appliques, could bridal be the next focus of the McQueen house?

Hands up anyone who wants to get married in a McQueen wedding gown!

X Alex

(Images from nydailynews and elle)

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One Response to Royally married, McQueen style

  1. Sandi says:

    What a great post. Since I’m all about handmade fashion, I appreciate all the detail you provide about what went into the making of Middleton’s gown. Truly amazing work! Sarah Burton is a genius. It will be a treat to see what she does next.

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