May 1, 2011

The Royal Wedding

This past Friday, April 29th 2011, history was made, all because of the union between Prince William and his long time girlfriend Kate Middleton, in a ceremony broadcast worldwide. Here in Toronto bars were allowed to open and serve alcohol (and perhaps tea and crumpets?) before 11am, since the wedding took place at 6am E.T. It was a big deal for many people and has much as I love a wedding, I had no interest in waking up early to watch it on TV, nor in a pub or at a party. That is, until my friend (who decided it was worth waking up early to witness a part of history), casually told me who designed the dress.

The moment I heard the name "Alexander McQueen," my normally tired, zombie self shot up and out of bed and sauntered over to the couch for my first glance at McQueen Creative Director Sarah Burton's Royal design. Kate worked closely with Burton to create the ivory silk and lace, long-sleeved, V-necked gown which featured a mere 8 foot train (nothing compared to her now-husband's deceased mother, Princess Diana's 25 foot train), her veil featured layers of soft, ivory silk tulle trimmed with hand-embroidered flowers.

The gown was a beautifully modern take on a traditionally elegant style, and was very reminiscent of Grace Kelly's historic, Helen Rose designed wedding gown; there were even elements of Queen Elizabeth's 1947 Norman Hartnell gown. The former assistant to the late Alexander McQueen, said "McQueen's designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes and I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day." And a beautiful dress they have! Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen also designed Kate's sister, Pippa's ivory, cowl-neck capped sleeve gown which I absolutely loved! Although it looked like a wedding gown itself, and reminded me of Courtney Cox-Arquette's wedding gown.

Congratulations to the happy couple, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Her Royal Highness Princess William Arthur Philip Louis, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus. Yes that is her full title... Oh to dream! Finally a princess little girls can look up to!

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