Kate Middleton Wears Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

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Kate Middleton looked every inch  a modern Princess in her beautiful Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown early this morning as she walked down the aisle at Westminster Abbey.  The dress seems to pay tribute to Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, which Kate was said to have admired.  As you can see from the picture above (via my fabby screen grab), the dress is a high-necked, sculpted long-sleeved bodice in lace, with a slim fit at the  waist and hips. The dress has a long train, which seems to be a tribute to Princess Diana. Mr. McQueen must be smiling from the after life to see his design house so honored with designing the wedding dress of the future Queen of England.

“Miss Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing,” the palace said in a statement. “Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterizes Alexander McQueen’s work. Miss Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress.” According to the official statement from the palace, the lace applique for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace. Individual flowers were hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create the dress’ unique design, which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock all hallmark emblems of the United Kingdom.

Pictured: A full view of Kate’s dress captured via screen grab from the Livestream.

I had a sneaking suspicion that the House of McQueen would be the designer after Sarah Burton was spotted exiting the Goring Hotel in London last night and her visit was outted via a series of Tweets. Why else would Ms. Burton be out sneaking around the Goring if not to do last minute fittings? I love Twitter–this is how I get the scoop today on fashion…the Twittersphere.  It’s eerie how reliable the stream of social media information has become.

Click here to watch the Royal Wedding live stream via the Washington Post,


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  1. Target-Addict

    April 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I though the dress was perfect. As many fashion editors have already commented, Kate wore the dress — the dress didn't wear her. She looked absolutely lovely!

  2. Danielle

    April 29, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I didn't watch the wedding live, but oh, how perfect that dress is. She is truly going to be a fashion icon