Well this is a turn-up for the books – Bruce Oldfield may be the bookies’ odds-on favourite to design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, but apparently-quite-big-in-the-states royal journalist, Yvonne Yorke, tells the Huffington Post that it might not be such a foregone conclusion after all.
Yorke points out that ‘Much of the focus on him [Oldfield] is due to his connection with Diana - Oldfield had designed evening gowns for the princess early in her marriage. However, as Catherine already has the "Diana ring", she has other ideas regarding her wedding dress.’
Yorke goes on to suggest that ‘There's indication that Catherine has gone for a young, 'little-known', British designer. When the name is officially announced, it will come as a surprise to many, and catapult the designer to worldwide fame. For clues on the identity, I suggest looking at those who have made dresses for Catherine, her sister Pippa, and her mother Carole.’
Davina McCall in Phillip Lepley
Oooooh…. But who? Well, that still leaves Phillipa Lepley, the British bridalwear designer who was considered high up in the running before the bookies settled on Oldfield. Lepley specializes in sophisticated and understated wedding dresses and has designed dresses for Davina McCall and Ulrika Jonsson. Katherine Hooker is a little-known favourite designer of Kate’s, who’s name has been associated with The Dress. Hooker specializes in tailoring and using rich tweeds (which would be very Vivienne Westwood, but highly unlikely, right?) and has been credited with helping Kate develop her impeccable princess-in-waiting style.
For both Lepley and Hooker, winning the gig of designing Kate’s wedding dress would propel them to international fame, The Cut blog pointing out that this would be a "Jason Wu inaugural ball moment" but, like, on a totally major scale. We can HARDLY wait!
- Alex Butt
Alex Butt is Grazia Daily's self-appointed Royal Correspondent. In coming months, Alex will be reporting on all matters pertaining to the forthcoming nuptials in excruciating detail right here on the site. Should you have any burning questions, style musings or historical facts you would like investigating, Alex would be delighted to hear from you. Please post your thoughts below and Alex will try and pick up on as many as possible in his reports.