Like a Fairytale: Catherine Middleton's Wedding Dress

British Royal Wedding, April 29th, 2011
Prince William and Ms. Catherine Middleton

Vogue Daily — Catherine Middleton

Vogue Daily — Catherine Middleton

Vogue Daily — Catherine Middleton and her sister, Pippa Middleton

Stunning dress! Simply elegantly beautiful, regal. Love the dress so much... If only I had a chance to wear such beautiful dress like that.. ;) Of course, with a necessary modification to suit the Islamic modesty..

The dress was made by a personal collaboration between the bride and her designer, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

From the official press release:
“The lace applique for the bodice and skirt was handmade by the Royal School of Needlework, with individual flowers hand-cut from lace (in shapes of roses, thistle, daffodils and shamrocks). The dress is made of ivory and white satin gazar with a skirt in the shape of an opening flower. The satin bodice, narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips in a McQueen signature, is based on Victorian corsetry. The back is finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons.

The veil, made of ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, is held in place by a 1936 Cartier tiara, lent to Ms. Middleton by the Queen. (It was bought for her mother by the Duke of York and presented to Queen Elizabeth on her 18th birthday.) Ms. Middleton’s earrings—shaped like oak leaves with a pave set diamond acorn suspended in the center—are by Robinson Pelham. The shoes are also by McQueen.”

On  her head, Catherine wore a Cartier Halo Tiara lent by the Queen. It carried the nuance of simplicity, regalia, and family meaning.

The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly, and each flower in the bouquet carried a meaning. The flowers' meanings are:
Lily-of-the-valley: Return of happiness
Sweet William: Gallantry
Hyacinth: Constancy of love
Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.

Prince William and Princess Catherine

Hope they will live happily ever after..

A bit flashback to the time before the wedding, back in December 2010, some Designers sketched their suggestions for Chaterine Middleton's wedding dress:

Rebecca Taylor
Karl Lagerfeld

Alberta Ferretti
Frida Giannini, Gucci

Jason Wu

Lela Rose

Angela Missoni

Monique Lhuillier

Nanette Lepore

Peter Copping, Nina Ricci
Rachel Roy

Prabal Gurung

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, Valentino

Vera Wang

Christian Lacroix

Now, we finally find out which designer Princess Chaterine has chosen to collaborate with for her wedding dress... :)

Click here to see more Designers Sketches for Catherine's wedding dress.

Source: "Vogue on Catherine Middleton's Wedding Dress" [Vogue], RedCarpet-FashionAwards, and WWD.

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  1. LIke her bridal dress! :D and from all the suggestions for her wedding dress I like the one from Lela Rose, and the one from Valentino :D


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