Sarah Burton has beaten off stiff competition from fellow designers to be granted the honour of dressing Catherine Middleton for the Royal wedding
The identity of Kate Middleton's wedding dress designer has been one of the best kept secrets in fashion history, but today the rumours were finally been put to rest as the bride arrived at Westminster Abbey looking exquisite in a full-sleeved, hand-embroidered Alexander McQueen gown, complete with train, and accessorised with a waist-length veil and dainty tiara.
It was reported late last year that she would be opting for a gown by a lesser-known and quintessentially British talent. With each new outfit Kate chose for a Royal outing, another name was added to the list, with the princess-to-be's favourites, Issa and Alice Temperley, hotly-tipped early on.
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Bruce Oldfield was also a forerunner, with speculation that Kate may wish to share her late mother-in-law's penchant for the couturier's designs as well as her sapphire ring.
But, it seems Kate saw fit to pay tribute to the late great Alexander McQueen, choosing his successor Sarah Burton for the job. She looked divine, and the big day most certainly cemented Kate's status as a fashion icon of royal proportions.
“It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress, and I have enjoyed every moment of it," Sarah Burton said. "Catherine looked absolutely stunning today, and the team at Alexander McQueen are very proud of what we have created. The dress was just one component of a spectacular day," she elaborated.
Congratulations to both Sarah and Kate.
By Hayley Spencer