Friday, 29 April 2011

Once upon a time.....

Ok so we all love a good wedding, the dressing up, the blubbering of the single friends during the cermony, the embarrssing dancing of relatives at the after party....its all around a good time. But today a wedding of a different kind took place. That of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Finally William decided to "put a ring on it" and the patient Kate finally got her Prince Charming. Politics aside, Kate the commoner really earned some fashion points with her choice of dress and designer. After months of speculation, Sarah Burton for British label Alexander Mc Queen was named as the designer of Kate's breath-taking dress.

Now lets get down to details.

The dress was floor- length, ivory with exquisite lace detailing. Reminiscent of  Grace Kelly's wedding dress when she married Price Rainier in 1956, Kate's dress was made of ivory and white satin gazar, the skirt resembles an opening flower with white satin gazar arches and pleats. The ivory satin bodice, which is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, draws on the Victorian tradition of corsetry and is a hallmark of Alexander McQueen's designs. The back is finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops. The underskirt is made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace. Her train measured "only" 2m and 70cm.... apparently modest compared to most royal brides. The train and bodice were decorated with delicate lace applique flowers, handcrafted using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s.

The beautiful bride chose not to stray too far from her signature look with her hair worn in a demi -chignon. Her tiara, a 1936 Cartier "halo", was her "something borrowed" and was loaned to the bride by The Queen.

Today marks two important occasions for our Kate. One she has become the wife and Duchess of Cambridge. And number two (perhaps more importantly) she has become a style icon !

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