Over the past few hours it has been reported that Sophie Cranston of Libelula is the designer who has been chosen to design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.
Going against the fashion industry's reports that Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton had won the commission, Yvonne Yorke of the Huffington Post broke the story online saying that there was an ‘indication that the designer's identity might soon be revealed’, and that the palace had kept the designer’s name secret to ‘to protect Cranston and her family from media scrutiny for as long as possible, and to allow her the freedom to create the wedding gown of Catherine's dreams without additional pressures and distractions’
In terms of the design itself, other reports suggest that the dress will be an ivory satin and lace gown, with pearl buttons and a ten-foot train. It also believed to include a ‘nod’ to the David and Elizabeth Emanuel designed wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales without ‘including any of its ‘"flounce"'. Kate is reported to have had a hand in the design process herself, with inspiration coming from her History of Art degree, and a friend saying ‘make no mistake, whoever’s name emerges on the day, this is very much Catherine’s dress’.
Kate has, of course, worn Libelula before; the velvet "Dulwich" coat with diamante clasp she wore to the wedding of Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and Louise Stourton in January being one of Cranston’s designs – one that subsequently sold out.
Cranston is well known for her feminine, chic and vintage-inspired aesthetic; characteristics that match Kate’s style perfectly. She also fits the bill for being a ‘relatively unknown’ designer, as it has been widely reported that Kate has chosen. After winning graduate designer of the year in 1999, Cranston worked at Temperley with Alice Temperley and also at Alexander McQueen before founding Libelula in 2002. With a bespoke wedding dress service available, Cranston’s most high profile commission to date has been the dress she designed for journalist Celia Walden when she married Piers Morgan last year.
The Telegraph reports that while Miss Cranston was unavailable for comment yesterday, her mother Mary said ‘I'm sure it's not the case. Kate Middleton happened to wear one of Sophie's coats earlier in the year then we saw that the bookmakers had put my daughter at 16/1 as the designer of the wedding dress.’ Interestingly, betting appears to have been suspended on the designer of Kate’s wedding dress this morning, with William Hill and Paddy Power only offering odds on the designer of Kate’s evening dress instead.
What do you think of this latest development in Dressgate?
- Alex Butt