Kate Middleton Wedding Dress: The Dainty Nuptial Attire Of The Duchess

A wedding is one of the most special days in one’s life. When common folks like you and I get married, we know the effort, planning and love, all of which goes into making it a grand ceremony. But royal weddings are a whole different ball game. From time immemorial, royal weddings have been scenes of lavish opulence, splendour and of course, romance. Whether it was Grace Kelley’s spectacular wedding in the 1950s or Princess Diana’s wedding, glamour and elegance is a key part of royal weddings.

When Royal Weddings Happen…

And few royal weddings have garnered attention the way Prince William and Duchess Catherine Middleton’s has. This handsome prince met his beautiful princess-to-be while they were studying at St. Andrews University. She earned a degree in History of Art and graduated in 2005. Coming from humble backgrounds without a noble lineage to back her up, Kate Middleton definitely carried herself with poise and elegance.

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Are Seen For The First Time Outside The Cathedral After Being Pronounced Man And Wife

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Their wedding was held at Westminster Abbey on 29 April, 2011. The day before the wedding, the London Eye was lit up with the colours of the Union Jack and the entire country waited with bated breath for the coming nuptials. The entire event reportedly cost about 20 million dollars! As for the bride, she was a vision of glory in her gown.

Kate’s Gown: The Designers Behind The Scene

Kate’s wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton, creative director of the British brand Alexander McQueen. What Kate loved about the brand was its “respect for traditional workmanship, the beauty of its craftsmanship and its technical construction of clothing”. Reportedly, Kate worked closely with Sarah Burton, offering up her own design ideas. This combined with Burton’s deep knowledge of high fashion truly made the gown the artistic masterpiece that will remain forever in the history of fashion.

The Veil And The Tiara

Kate Middleton In Her Wedding White

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The veil was made of ivory silk tulle, with a gorgeous trim of hand embroidered flowers. This was crafted by the Royal School of Needlework. And every princess must have her tiara, and Kate looked exceptionally stunning in her Cartier ‘Halo’ Tiara which was lent to her by the Queen. The tiara was made in 1936, and was gifted to Queen Elizabeth on the 18th birthday by her mother.

The Bodice, The Skirt And The Train

The gorgeous ivory satin bodice of the dress was slightly padded at the hips and narrowed at the waist to create that classic Victorian corset look. This is Alexander McQueen’s hallmark. The back had fifty eight buttons of organza and gazar, which were fastened using rouleau loops. The main body of the dress was exquisitely crafted with ivory and white satin gazar. The fabric was sourced by Sarah Burton from all over the UK for this occasion. The long, full skirt was made to resemble a flower that is just blooming. With a classic Victorian semi-bustle at the back, the skirt had soft pleats that unfolded to the floor.

William And Kate At The Altar

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A blue ribbon was sewn inside the dress to fulfil the British tradition of ‘something blue’. The bridal train was just perfect and not overdone. It measured 110 inches and added to the simple elegance of the dress.

The Floral Motifs

Kate Middleton's Beautiful Wedding Visage

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What really made the dress stand out was the lace. Kate pretty much started a whole new trend in the world of bridal fashion with her lace sleeves, which is expected to be in style for a long time to come. The entire lace and embroidery work was handmade by the Royal School of Needlework. The design of the lace was heavily influenced by the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which came out of Ireland in the 1820s. The individual flowers were hand cut from the lace and appliquéd into the ivory silk tulle to create a unique design. The prominent flowers that feature in the dress include the rose, shamrock, daffodils and thistle. In addition, hand-cut English lace and French chantilly lace were used throughout the bodice and the trim.


A Kiss For The Public Demand

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So, ladies, this was how the gorgeous dress was constructed. It is a gown that combines cutting edge fashion with tradition, beautifully. Kate may be the charming royal mother now, but she was a truly ravishing bride who the world will not forget any time soon.