03 May 2011

Top fashion industry names, as well as commoners throughout the land, may have given Kate Middleton's wedding dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen a resounding ten out of ten on Friday, but it seems not everyone is happy with design...

Andrew Groves, Course Director of the BA (Hons) Fashion Design Degree at the University of Westminster and formerly Head Assistant at Alexander McQueen, released the following statement;

“Reminiscent of Princess Grace of Monaco’s wedding dress this gown has huge significance for not only royalty, but also for the designer brand in the 21st century. Although designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen this is the first time a royal wedding dress has been made when the creator of the brand is no longer alive.

“While he was alive Alexander McQueen was aligned to the role of the outsider; he famously wrote “I am a c**t” inside Prince Charles jacket when he was working at Savile Row. Since his death in February last year the McQueen brand has become subsumed by the very Establishment that he fought and rallied against so hard whilst he was alive. It would be unthinkable 15 years ago that McQueen designs would have been chosen when journalists used to walk out of  his shows and some magazines refused to publish his work.

“The design of Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress is completely inoffensive. Any sharp edges that were subversive and iconoclastic in the true sense of the word have now completely gone. It’s a 'nice' dress but who wants that from McQueen?”

Many in the industry, Grazia Daily included, were utterly thrilled by the pitch-perfect dress (watch our reaction when we heard the dress was Burton's, here), as well as the opportunity this unique global event created to launch Sarah Burton's new tenure as Creative Director at McQueen.

But do you think Groves is right? Was the royal wedding dress a sell-out that is a disgrace to the late designer's name and signature style?

Let us know, below....


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