Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Dress

Kate's bridal gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Photo from

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, 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?


sacramento said...

I watched the whole event live on BBC TV. It was so moving. And the dress, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, the dress a dream.
Much love my dear Jill.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I think she was exquisite!! She is the new Grace Kelly...a style icon for poise and class. I love that this type of looking is returning to the fashion scene!!

Anonymous said...

I found it a safe, beautiful choice that will still entrance her and all her followers in decades to come. I also loved how it didn't have any extras on it, allowing the her figure and the lines of the dress to capture the show.

agnes said...

j'ai trouvé sa robe magnifique, elle était magnifique

triskelos said...

The dress was really beautiful)
But the second picture - oh my, do you see the girl in the left corner? She totally stole the show)))

jill815 said...

Hi Sacramento, I watched the wedding live too. I got up so early to do it! I wasn't sure about the dress then I fell in love with it all at once by time Kate had made it up the aisle inside Westminster.

jill815 said...

Hi Pam, I liked the classic look too and I've been reading around online that some fashion writers are hoping Kate's dress will bring a return to sleeves on wedding gowns.

jill815 said...

Hi Catherine, I think that's what finally sold me on the dress--the details. It was so nipped in the waist, high on the neck, then low down on the chest and tight in the sleeves. Love!

jill815 said...

Bienvenue, Agnes! She WAS magnificent, wasn't she? Thanks for stopping by! Merci!

jill815 said...

Hi Marina! Thanks for stopping by, how are you? I need to check in on your blog. I loved that little bridesmaid, I thought she looked adorable covering her ears, and what 3-year-old wouldn't want to with military jets overhead. I thought those bridesmaids and pages were so well behaved!

Cloud of Secrets said...

I was surprised that a (Sarah Burton for) Alexander McQueen design could be so traditional. I was hoping for something with a little more edge, but I did appreciate the wonderful vintage Princess Grace appeal.

I did get the edge and drama I craved through Pippa's bridesmaid dress. I just couldn't stop looking at its wonderful, daring shape and creamy simplicity, and how well she wore it. I also liked Kate's McQueen party outfit, the 1950s shaping, sparkle, and fluffy angora. I want that ensemble for myself.

I was so relieved by the second kiss! The first one had been so perfunctory and soulless (and well, who could blame them, on a balcony in front of billions of people, and fighter planes approaching), but there was more fun and laughter with the second one.

jill815 said...

Hi Sarah, I'm with you, when I first saw the dress I was like, That's it? I wanted to be blown away and I just wasn't. It grew on me though, even more so when I saw the details of it. I understand that it couldn't be over the top, marrying royalty, in Westminster Abbey, there's definitely protocol that must be adhered to. I would love to see extreme close-ups of this dress for the fine workmanship and I LOVE that it was a woman who designed it. Yay for Sarah Burton!

Pippa's dress was so great and I've read online that some people thought she shouldn't have worn cream but what color did they think she should wear? Black? Some ridiculous pastel color? She was in the bridal party, cream was appropriate! I do not think she upstaged her sister, not at all.

Ah yes, the second kiss, good for them. It definitely had more passion and fun. Good show!

jill815 said...

Hi Sarah, I was a little disappointed by Kate's dress at first, but it grew on me as the ceremony went on and I loved all the details. I need to see those details in close up.

I loved Pippa's dress, so gorgeous. I do not agree with those who think she stole the show or should not have worn cream. She was in the bridal party what color was she supposed to wear? I'm glad she was not in a pastel.

I loved the second kiss. I also loved the little flower girl who had her hands on her ears as the planes flew by. Adorable!