A Designer’s Perspective: Kate’s McQueen Wedding Gown

An estimated 2 BILLION people watched Wills and Kate’s nuptials yesterday morning! This was a major historic event, and much of the anticipation surrounded the bride’s gown: what it would look like and who the designer would be.

William and Kate royal wedding in Alexander McQueen

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen wedding gown

The rumors of Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen designing Kate’s gown were true! According to the New York Times, the Duchess of Cambridge “wanted to combine tradition with modernity — (the dress’) ivory satin gazar bodice narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips to suggest Victorian corsetry, the wide skirt constructed with arches and pleats to evoke the opening of a flower.” Additional details included a hand-embroidered floral overlay, a full veil and a nine-foot train. Talk about royalty!!

A Designer’s Perspective: Being a designer myself,  I really loved the intricate details like the floral overlay, full-length lace sleeves and Victorian bodice. Not only did those details make this dress a masterpiece, but it was perfect for her status and the occasion.  It wasn’t too busy or too over the top as some of McQueen’s designs can be. The gown was clean, beautiful and really showcased the new Royal Highness. Too, the fit was gorgeous on Kate. Being a commoner going into royalty, I thought she represented us well by bringing into the royal wedding some fashion-fabulous McQueen. Plus I always appreciate some symbolism and the floral piece representing new beginnings was a flash back to when I designed Veronica‘s costumes for Dangerous Beauty – coming into full bloom. I’ve always been a huge fan of McQueen and Sarah represented well in this high profile occasion. The only thing that bothered me was the dart on the bust that made the princess look like her head lights were on. I mean, I know that it’s cold in the UK, but we didn’t need to see that in the design. Kudos to Kate for keeping the designer British to represent hometown craftsmanship. Watching the wedding in a designer’s perspective, history was taking place in an old but new kind of way.

So who IS Sarah Burton?? After working alongside McQueen for fifteen years, she was made creative director of the British label months after McQueen’s untimely death in February 2010. She has admitted to being extremely intimidated by filling McQueen’s shoes, but her recent collections are evidence she’s doing an #awesome job.

Sarah Burton creative designer of Alexander McQueen

Burton says Kate’s gown “represents the best of British craftsmanship.” In fact, below you’ll see hints of the royal dress in the silhouettes in Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2010 collection, which I absolutely #LOVE. The accentuated waist, the padded hips and wide skirt of the dresses are all notable details seen in Kate’s gown.

Alexander McQueen Fall 2010 fashion collection

Here are some Spring 2011 looks that I #LOVE and #HATE (in a good way, if that’s possible). Very over the top, crazy, beautiful, but what more could you expect? This collection makes my artistic side fight with my style side. The details are amazing though.

Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen S/S '11

Did you #love Kate’s gown like me?