Tuesday, 3 May 2011

A Dress Fit For A Princess

On Friday, almost the entire world witnessed the most anticipated marriage ceremony of the decade: that of Kate Middleton and her charming Prince William.

On this auspicious occasion, after much speculation, what we had all long awaited was revealed: THE wedding dress.

Kate looked a vision in this elegant creation by Sarah Burton, designer for prestigious UK brand Alexander McQueen.

The ensemble comprised of a silk bodice shaped in a deep V-neck with long sleeves made of lace. The full, high-waisted skirt flowed into a 2.7 metre train and the look was complete with an ivory tulle veil featuring hand-embroidered intricate flowers.

A beautiful Cartier diamond scroll tiara, lent to her by the Queen in keeping with tradition, crowned Kate's head.

There have been comparisons drawn between Kate  Middleton’s dress and that of Grace Kelly’s worn on her wedding day to Prince Rainier III in 1956. It has been said that Kate’s dress is a modern adaptation of Grace Kelly’s as there are similarities: the lacework, high neckline, the shape and structure of the bodice. 

Kate's dress is definitely reminiscent of 50's elegance and Sarah Burton has done well to give a nod to a woman such as Grace Kelly who was so classic and iconically stylish in her day.

Due to the furore and heightened anticipation leading up to the unveiling of the dress, I must admit though, I was expectant of a little more elaborate detailing, but it was quite simplistic and subtle.

However, the essence of Kate Middleton was most certainly captured with this compostion as it was very much in keeping with her signature style: classic, elegant and demure and therefore suited her perfectly. 
She certainly carried off the dress with the appropriate regality.

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