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quarta-feira, 4 de maio de 2011

The Royal Wedding - The Dress

HRH the Duchess of Cambridge walked down the aisle at Westminster Abbey Friday morning in a stunning Alexander McQueen wedding gown.

The 29-year-old bride was resplendent in a fitted white V-neck gown with a long-sleeved lace overlay, designed by McQueen creative director Sarah Burton. Her two-meter, 70-centimeter train was folded next to her in the car as she was transported to the Abbey. Once she arrived, she paused for a moment – giving onlookers a peek – and sister Pippa (also in McQueen) appeared, to carry her train.

The dress was composed of French Chantilly lace and English Cluny lace throughout the bodice, skirt and underskirt. The skirt, made of ivory and white satin gazar, was designed to emulate an opening flower: padded at the hips, it flowed out to the floor. The back of the dress was finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops.

"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," Burton said in a statement. "It was such an incredible honour to be asked, and I am so proud of what we and the Alexander McQueen team have created. I am delighted that the dress represents the best of British craftsmanship."

But the dress was just one component of Kate's wedding look. The bride wore her brunette locks in cascading curls, and topped the look with an ivory silk tulle veil trimmed with hand-embroidered flowers. It was held in place by a Cartier 'halo' tiara, lent to Kate by the Queen. She wore diamond drop earrings by Robinson Pelham, a gift from her parents. Her handmade shoes, also McQueen, were composed of ivory duchesse satin and lace.

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