Overnight, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive about the possibility that Kate Middleton has commissioned not two but three different dresses for her wedding to Prince William on April 29th. With one "main" dress being finished now at Buckingham Palace, it is believed that there could be two other backups - all three designed by different teams. This would not only allow Kate to change from her main dress into another gown for the post-wedding party, as previously reported, but would also allow her to opt not to wear her "main" dress at all, should any images be released to the press beforehand.
In addition, Fashionista reports that Jasper Conran is in the running to design the number one dress, citing his unfussy aesthetic (undoubtedly something which would appeal to classic Kate) as well as the fact that he has, intriguingly, removed the images from his most recent bridal collection from his website. Conran certainly has form when it comes to high profile royal weddings, too, designing for celebrities including Jasmine Guinness as well as Lady Sarah Chatto, the daughter of Princess Margaret (and the Queen’s niece) in 1994.
As we reported yesterday, many people’s money is still on Sarah Burton at McQueen – an argument buoyed, as the NY Times’ Cathy Horyn points out, by the fact that in this month’s Vogue bridal spread designers including Oscar de la Renta, Bruce Oldfield, Vivienne Westwood and Marchesa are featured, but not McQueen, ‘Its absence raising speculation that maybe Sarah Burton, the creative director of McQueen, is making Ms. Middleton’s dress after all’.
Grazia Daily will bring you more details as we receive them.
- Alex Butt