Evolution of a wedding dress

By Laurie Bennett

April 29, 2011 at 8:28am

It was the great secret of the great event.

Even hardened newsmen who pooh-poohed its relevance yearned to know.

The veiled creation was unveiled this morning. And as many had suspected, it was the work of Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton.

Dedicated observers had pieced together evidence on Thursday, when an absurdly hooded woman wearing a distinctive silver belt dashed into The Goring hotel.

Style sophisticates noted that Burton owned an identical belt, and had shown fur hoods at Paris Fashion Week this year.

For the fashion world, the clues were so blatant that it was almost an inside joke.

Yet not until Friday, when the bride emerged in satin and lace, were the rumors confirmed.

The dress was pitch perfect - both classic and modern, understated but showing off Kate’s terrific figure.

The Daily Mail reports that Kate was taken with the silk wedding gown Burton had designed for her friend Sara Buys’ marriage to Tom Parker Bowles in 2005. Parker Bowles, of course, is the son of Camilla Parker Bowles, wife of Prince Charles.

A statement, released on the Royal Wedding web site, said Middleton chose the McQueen house “for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing.”

Burton also designed the dress for Pippa Middleton, who was her sister’s maid of honor.

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