Friday 29 April 2011


So The Times' secret source that revealed Sarah Burton was to design the royal wedding dress two months ago proved to be a reliable one, as Kate Middleton married her Prince today in a breath takingly beautiful Sarah Burton creation. Fashion reporters have been drawing comparisons between Kate's lace sleeved gown with that worn by moviestar Grace Kelly for her wedding to Prince Ranier III of Monaco. The full-skirted 1950s shape also instantly reminded me of Queen Elizabeth II's 1947 gown designed by Norman Hartnell. By drawing inspiration from such enduring fashion icons, Sarah Burton cleverly managed to create a dress fit for modern monarch.

Accessorised with a Cartier 1936 tiara ('something borrowed' from the Queen, no less), and a hand-embroidered silk tulle veil, Kate chose accessories that complemented her gown perfectly. On the day she joined the royal family, Kate Middleton was rather fittingly crowned the fashion Queen.

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