Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, made the perfect choice when she planned to wear a Sarah Burton wedding gown. She could not have worn a more elegant yet cutting edge wedding gown when she walked down the aisle.
The wedding gown was no doubt inspired by Grace Kelly’s wedding gown, yet it was a unique beauty that will be copied and ripped off at all possible budget points. But not one will be able to come even close to the elegance and beauty of this Sarah Burton creation. Its intricate needle work will be impossible to duplicate.
When the rumor mills were predicting that Kate would choose the Alexander McQueen house as designers for her wedding gown, everyone was expecting a radical and tersely modern gown that may not have looked very royal. But Sarah Burton, the creative director of the house left everyone speechless with her magnificent creation.
The gown befitted a royal wedding and also the signature style of the Duchess-to-be’s understated elegance.
It is a timeless design, floor length white and ivory satin gazar wedding gown with a plunging heart shaped neckline, long lace sleeves and a beautifully pleated tulle skirt with a modest 2.7 mts train, all set off with a veil that was held in place with a 18th century Cartier crown, that had been loaned to the Bride by the Queen herself.
The corset bodice was set off with intricate lace appliqué and the skirt was covered with hand crafted lace flowers. The sleeves were Chantilly lace, all hand crafted. The gown was very royal and very English.
The lace work was hand crafted by the embroiderers at Royal College of Needles. The flowers were rose, thistle, shamrocks and daffodils, representing the four home nations and also carrying forward the theme of the Royal Wedding cake.
Sarah Burton, pleasantly surprised everyone, and the design was appreciated by all leading design gurus, who could not rave enough about this beautiful creation. Sarah has come up with an elegant yet very modern design and has yet paid homage to her mentor Alexander McQueen with the typical corset bodice.
She has produced only two fashion lines, since McQueen’s suicide about a year ago, but this gown puts her squarely in the leading pack.
She had also designed Phillippa Middleton’s gown for the day, another elegant and lovely creation in crepe with cap sleeves and cowl neck. The gown worn by the Duchess of Cambridge for her Reception was equally elegant and beautiful.
The wedding gown has been a personal style statement by the new Duchess, who has clearly shown that she has modern taste and is not afraid to flaunt it. Her fashion sense has always been elegant and understated, even when it has been modern.
Just as Elizabeth Emanuel’s life changed after she and her husband David were commissioned to design Princess Diana’s wedding gown, it is expected that Burton’s career too will change forever after this royal assignment.
The royal appointment will prove to be a huge feather in the cap not just for Sarah Burton personally but also for the McQueen brand.