07 March 2011

The Dress Is MCQUEEN(?)

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Alexander McQueen S/S '11

So apparently The Decision has been made. The chosen designer for Kate Middleton's wedding dress, it seems, is Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton. Truly, this is set to be a VERY Grazia wedding. *smug*

Okay, this is a bit of a curve ball - whilst Kate Middleton and her merry band of aides, sources and spokespeople continued to dance a jaunty jig with the rest of us over who exactly would design her wedding dress, more and more designers had found their names brought into the frame, from the obvious (Bruce Oldfield) to the unlikely (Caroline Charles' gothic lace number). But this weekend, it was announced that the dress of the century will be designed by the perhaps the shyest designer in the world, Sarah Burton.

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Alexander McQueen S/S '11

The Times dedicated a front page spread to the story; having apparently been tipped off by a 'fashion insider' that Burton and Middleton were collaborating on the design. As you can imagine, the Grazia offices are in turmoil and there has been much rejoicing throughout the land. This is a very pleasant surprise for various reasons - not least the fact that Kate is well known for her conservative style (unlike Burton’s designs for McQueen) and we've always believed she is likely to opt for a design from a designer she regularly wears. However, Burton does fit the bill in many respects – she is, after all a British designer, at the helm of a British label, she has created sufficiently demure designs for McQueen that Michelle Obama has worn them. The Mail also points out that Burton is known as an easygoing and un-egocentric designer, making the possibility that Kate has been allowed to collaborate on the design more likely than with some, more temperamental designers. She also has form when it comes to designing wedding dresses. Which is where this gets really interesting.

Novellist Plum Sykes [above], who, as a young fashion writer, championed the young Alexander McQueen nearly as much as his mentor Isabella Blow, wore a McQueen dress for her wedding day has spoken out about the fact that Kate appears to have opted for the house of McQueen for her big day as well. She told the Daily Mail that with her dress, if ‘Alexander couldn’t be there for a fitting, she [Sarah] would do it herself, and I think she sewed a lot of it herself.’ She went on to describe Burton as ‘very patient and easy-going, so I’m sure the process will be unstressful and fun for the royal bride-to-be’. As a close friend of the late McQueen's, and with such close links of to Burton, we think the fact that the usually-conservative Sykes is now speaking out is confirmation enough.

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Fashion Editor Sara Buys wearing Alexander McQueen on her wedding day

However, in spite of Sykes’ confidence in Burton being the chosen one (and before our own excitement reaches exploding point) we should note that a representative for McQueen yesterday told WWD that ‘it's not true’, whilst a spokesperson for Clarence House said ‘over the past few months, we've heard a number of names, and our policy since the beginning has been not to comment on speculation. We will have to wait and see on the big day.’

We will indeed. *massive grin*

- Alex Butt


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