25 June 2012 by

As Sarah Burton Designs Sam Taylor-Wood's Wedding Dress, We Remember More Alexander McQueen Moments

GALLERY >> Magic McQueen Moments

Margherita Missoni wasn't the only [a href="/fashion/archive/2012/06/25/margherita-missoni-got-married-in-giambattista-valli.htm">lovely lady who got hitched this weekend[/a]. Sam Taylor-Wood married her hunky toy boy Aaron Johnson during a ceremony at swanky country retreat Babington House in Somerset. Congrats!

We know that Elton John was among the guests and the groom looked dapper in a bespoke Tom Ford suit, but most excitingly, the bride followed in the footsteps of Kate Middleton by opting to wear a dress by the same designer behind [a href="/fashion/archive/2011/04/29/breaking-news--kate-middletons-wedding-dress-is.htm">THAT Royal Wedding stunner[/a].

A snap of Sam's frock hasn't emerged (yet), but we can be sure it was utterly stunning considering it comes courtesy of Sarah Burton. So what is it that makes an Alexander McQueen wedding dress so breath-taking? As the Duchess' dress proved, the Brit design house knows how to conjure up timeless elegance and opulent romance without going overboard. 'Sarah Burton has all of Alexander McQueen's creative power, but a feminine lightness of touch that is completely in step with our time,' says Grazia's Paula Reed. Meanwhile, fashion historian Judith Watt said of Kate's dress, 'Lee McQueen was one of the greatest British talents and Sarah Burton has worked his love of history and technical virtuosity to create a vision of beauty.'

Yep, a McQueen wedding gown is the moment every woman's inner princess comes out. For proof, take a trip through the gallery above to see more magic McQueen moments…

Kate Middleton

On 29th April 2011, a global audience of two billion held their collective breath for the very first glimpse of The Most Famous Dress On Earth. With such a momentous challenge, there was no one better than the team that Alexander McQueen left after his untimely death. The lace sleeves, the scalloped V-neck, the satin bodice and full skirt featuring arches and pleats all made a supremely classic gown that signalled a triumphant moment for British fashion.

Plum Sykes

When Plum Sykes got engaged, she went straight to Alexander McQueen because 'I knew he'd do the best dress', constructing it like a piece of sculpture. Speaking to Grazia, the journalist revealed that the designer created an incredible corset and eight-foot train that was embroidered with hand-stitched roses and made from silk paper taffeta overlaid with silk net on the front. Sarah Burton, who was McQueen's right-hand woman at the time, influenced a lot of the dress as she was there for all 10 fittings.

Sara Buys

Sara Buys, who writes for Harpers Bazaar, wore a strapless, ivory silk McQueen gown when she wed Tom Parker Bowles, son of the Duchess of Cornwall, in 2005.

Mimi van Wyck

Thanks to spiralling layers of silk tulle, Alexander McQueen transformed Mimi van Wyck into a 19th-century bride for her wedding day in 2008. The gown was ethereally romantic but perfectly distinctive for the New York event planner, who got married on Johns Island in South Carolina. Fun!

Sarah Burton

Yes indeedy, Ms Burton herself wore McQueen to tie the knot, asking her designer pal and boss Lee to create this frothy delight.

Oh, to be a McQueen bride...


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