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Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding: Kate's Dress

From the top part I can see of Kate's dress, it looks beautiful.  It has long lace sleeves with a sweet-heart V-neck.  The dress is timeless.  The designer is Sarah Burton who is an Alexander McQueen designer.

Now that the wedding is over and I've had three hours of sleep, I can go back and add more to the blog posts.

The famous wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.  I don't know what exactly I was expecting her to wear, but this was not it; however, it was gorgeous.  The dress combined modern with a traditional look.

It was made from hand-cut English and French Chantilly laces along with ivory and white satin gazar.  There were lace appliques all over the dress.  The appliques were made by the Royal School of Needlework using a technique originated in Ireland in the 1820s called Carrickmacross; something old.  When applying the appliques, the workers had to wash their hands every thirty minutes and change needles every three hours to keep the dress pure white.

The silhouette featured padding at the hips which made Catherine's waist appear even tinier -- I didn't even think that was possible!  There were 58 organza and gazar buttons up the back of the dress.  The full skirt led to a train that was just over 6-feet-long.

The bride was given a pair of Robinson Pelham leaf-shaped diamond earrings by her parents to wear on this special day; something new.

The beautiful veil was made from ivory tulle and went well with the 1936 Cartier tiara the Queen let her borrow; something borrowed.

Even though the bride was in all white, she had blue ribbon stitched on the inside of her dress; something blue.

Photo courtesy of People

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