Kate's bridal gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Photo from www.extravaganzi.com.
I wasn't so sure about Kate's dress from the little I saw of it as she got into the car for the drive to Westminster Abbey. After about five minutes of seeing it in full, however, I loved it.
I got the above picture from Extravaganzi.com, as well as the following description:
"The dress is made of French Chantilly lace and English Cluny lace throughout the bodice, skirt and underskirt. The dress, made of ivory and white satin gazar, was designed to emulate an opening flower. The train measures 2.7 meters. The lace on the bride's dress details a rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock, and was handmade by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace. Her handmade shoes, also by McQueen, were composed of ivory duchesse satin and lace. Workers washed their hands every 30 minutes to make sure the lace and threads remained pristine. Needles were swapped every three hours to keep them sharp."
I loved the double kiss! Photo by Dylan Martinez for Reuters.
You can read even more about the bridal party clothes, including those worn by the bridesmaids and pages, here, from the Official Royal Wedding site.
Now that the world knows the designer of the dress was, as rumored, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, my new pet theory is that the McQueen retrospective at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which opens on May 4 to the public, will be even more packed this summer than I was already expecting it to be. Sarah Burton, who worked closely with Alexander McQueen for 14 years, took over designing for the label after McQueen's suicide in February of last year.
What did you think of Kate's dress?