Kate Middleton Wedding Dress

Kate Middleton's Full Train


This morning, Westminster Abbey showcased a dress that is sure to be emulated for the next twenty years or so. Early this morning, I revealed that the Grace Kelly-esque wedding dress was an Alexander McQueen ivory sweetheart neckline gown with a gorgeous French Chantilly lace bodice and a full skirt. Designer Sarah Burton‘s handiwork was made with ivory and white satin gazar with a train measuring just under 10 feet long. This showcase of McQueen brilliance is possibly the biggest PR boost the brand could ever hope for.
Royal Wedding Ceremony

The Royal Wedding Ceremony

“It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress. Alexander McQueen’s designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes and I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day. The last few months have been very exciting and an incredible experience for my team and I as we have worked closely with Catherine to create this dress under conditions of the strictest secrecy.”
Sarah Burton

But what about the hidden wedding shoes?! They were also hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and are made of ivory duchesse satin with lace that was hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.

Kate Middleton Wedding Jewellery

Kate Middleton's Wedding Jewellery


Accessories-wise, the Cartier “Halo” diamond tiara – made in 1936 and also a birthday gift for the future Queen’s 18th birthday – was pinned into her perfect tresses. Her earrings are inspired from the new Middleton family crest and were custom made by Robinson Pelham; a gift from her parents. They are diamond-set in stylized oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop and a pave set diamond acorn suspended in the center. Catherine’s all important wedding band is made by Wartski, who also made the wedding bands for Prince Charles and Camilla, and is purely Welsh gold.
Kate Middleton Wedding Dress

Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress


As a much-overlooked accesory, The Duchess of Cambridge‘s bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on significant floral components from the Language of Flowers for the Royal Family and the Middleton family. The flowers’ meanings in the bouquet 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.

Royal Wedding Balcony Kiss

Royal Wedding: The Balcony Kiss

Alexander McQueen Wedding Dress
Welcome to your special Royal Wedding edition of Fashion Spot.

Alexander McQueen is my most adored British brand, which makes it extremely appropriate for today’s nuptials between HRH Prince William and Catherine ‘Kate’ Middleton. Take note of the ultra-sheer Union Jack. Though I’d adore to see Kate in a longer version of designer Sarah Burton‘s butterfly gown (seen here), my source tells me that Kate’s wedding dress is actually a vintage McQueen piece that Lee designed himself – with Burton taking care of the dress fittings. Follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Royal Wedding fashion updates, and show me any Brit-inspired Fashion Spots of your own!

Kate Moss Alexander McQueen
Supermodel Kate Moss looks impeccable here in a mesmerizing Alexander McQueen gown for the May 2011 cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK. The old muse of Lee McQueen dons the same ruffled organza dress that she wore in the Fall/Winter 2006 Widows of Culloden show (as a hologram).

Juju Ivanyuk
I know no model that works grey eyes harder than Julia “Juju” Ivanyuk. The 18-year-old Ukranian model has been on my radar for three years, and has recently started coming into her own. After opening for Alexander McQueen‘s Spring/Summer 2011 show, she seems to have infiltrated some ‘bigs’, including walking for Dior Haute Couture this past January and modelling in the best See by Chloe campaign to date (seen below). Her time is now. View Post

Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 2011
Not to worry, the house of Alexander McQueen is safe. Though the fashion world will continue to mourn the pionerring designer’s death for years to come, his torch is invariably carried through the designs of Sarah Burton – I don’t know any other designer that could have stepped in and kept Lee Alexander’s heritage in tact. For Fall/Winter 2011, she went as far as to cover a gown’s bodice with broken china, introduce sublime black harnesses and pull other entrancingly vindictive designs from McQueen DNA. With such a bevy of breathtaking garments, any truth in the rumours concerning Burton as Kate Middleton‘s royal wedding dress designer call for fashion hysteria. See the top five looks from the collection below! View Post