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Many a female heart was broken the day it was announced that Prince William had finally proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton. Now that the majority of us have come to terms with the fact that we are indeed not in the running to be British royalty, we can focus our attention on what Ms. Middleton will be wearing when she weds her Prince. WWD asked designers ranging from Vera Wang and Karl Lagerfeld to Jason Wu and Frida Gianinni to sketch their dream dresses for the new Princess. Who do you think should outfit Kate on her wedding day?

Sketches from Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka and Ralph Rucci

From top: Monique Lhuillier and Nanette Lepore

Clockwise from top left: Karl Lagerfeld, Angela Missoni, Frida Giannini for Gucci, and Doori Chung

Clockwise from top left: Peter Copping for Nina Ricci, Chris Benz, Jason Wu and Rachel Roy

Clockwise from top: Christian Lacroix, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli for Valentino and Vera Wang

See the rest of the sketches over at WWD.


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    Jan 31, 2011, 02.44 AMby designerroya

    Valentino would fir her style perfectly!

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    Dec 24, 2010, 12.57 AMby sew2sew4

    I love the Nanette Lepore, the Doori Chung, the Peter Copping for Nina Ricci, and the Jason Wu. They are each elegant but not too fluffy or over the top.

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    Dec 22, 2010, 08.44 AMby purplepeas

    I think if she had these to chose from she would go for the Frida Giannini for Gucci . doubt she would go for anything to fussy and big due to the Diana connection.

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    Dec 22, 2010, 06.46 AMby Maria Alejandra Curbelo Cal

    Love Gucci’s sketch!

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    Dec 22, 2010, 01.29 AMby AuntieQuiltie

    Nothing frilly and pouffy – it is enough she has a recycled engagement ring, she doesn’t need a Princess Di look alike frock as well! The Gucci is simply elegance itself and would only enhance her natural beauty.

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    Dec 21, 2010, 10.21 PMby amy-hood

    It’s gotta be the Doori Chung – understated, but elegant. Just what we’d like our future princess to be : )

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    Dec 21, 2010, 09.51 PMby islandstyle

    Love the Valentino. The Rachel Roy is appropriate.

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    Dec 21, 2010, 09.39 PMby apollyon

    For me it’s a tie between the stunning silhouette of Gucci, showing off the figure, and beautiful waves and style of the Valentino!

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    Dec 21, 2010, 08.40 PMby Testosterone

    Ralph and Monique have it tied up. The rest are too pedestrian or ideal for a bride’s 4th Hollywood wedding.

    Monique Lhuillier always makes a bride look effortless.

    Chado Ralph Rucci enscones a bride in art befitting the occasion.

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    Dec 21, 2010, 08.26 PMby dannygirl101

    Valentino and Monique Lhuillier are my two picks. Not sure which one has the priority though… both are gorgeous. Or, Lhuillier for the ceremony and Valentino for the reception… now that’s a thought. Either way, I’m really interested to see what she will wear. I love her style, so hopefully her wedding gown will be just as good or way better!

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    Dec 21, 2010, 04.33 PMby carolinam

    1 Gucci, 2 Doori Chung, 3 Roy. Kate is a very beautiful woman who can wear something that shows her beautiful body. She doesn’t have to cover up. Also , i hope she wears something " young" (some of the european royalty wore something covering up and old… why do they do that??)

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    Dec 21, 2010, 04.17 PMby Tricia Marshall Jones

    Gucci, Lhuiller, and Jason Wu and Rachel Roy get my top nods.

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    Dec 21, 2010, 12.54 PMby mmmenta

    valentino pleaseeeeeee… and omg. that yellow dress is so not for getting married o.o!

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    Dec 21, 2010, 09.55 AMby feemo

    Valentino! I would’ve gone for Vera Wang with eyes shut but Valentino topped that with the outstanding romantic and delicate approach! Exquisite!

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    Dec 21, 2010, 08.42 AMby carolyn-s

    These designs are so beautiful, although the collage one is a bit unusual?! I’m pretty sure a British royal won’t be getting married in strapless either, otherwise I’d agree with everyone else about Valentino, it’s just so lovely! It will be wonderful to see what she does walk down the aisle in!

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    Dec 21, 2010, 07.26 AMby gabriellch

    these are fantastic!!

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    Dec 21, 2010, 07.07 AMby jsanga

    I personally love Vera Wang haha

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    Dec 20, 2010, 10.38 PMby Megan Richards

    Pier Paolo Piccioli for sure! It is gorgeous and so classy!

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    Dec 20, 2010, 08.28 PMby smallone

    Frida Giannini for Gucci. Modern clean lines…and no silly headgear!!

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    Dec 20, 2010, 08.27 PMby mishe12

    i absolutely LOVE the Valentino! just beautiful.

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    Dec 20, 2010, 06.49 PMby kelepso

    I like Nina Ricci’s and Vera Wang’s designs the most. I have plans to sit down and sketch my design too. One day. Soon! Lol!

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    Dec 20, 2010, 06.28 PMby lienepien

    They are all nice sketches! But I like the first and the last one the most!

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    Dec 20, 2010, 05.47 PMby designerroya

    Nanette Lepore for sure!

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    Dec 19, 2010, 10.11 PMby wab

    I like how the majority of these dresses tried to appeal to the tradition england wear with a modern twist. Very lovley!

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    Dec 19, 2010, 10.09 PMby mixtlii

    The one from Nina Ricci is very cute and romantic, but I’m not sure I’d like these scales in real. Jason Wu’s one is quite simple, yet elegant. But my favourite is definitely the Valentino’s !

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    Dec 19, 2010, 08.30 PMby graveflower

    I would get married twice if I had the Gucci and the Vera Wang dresses. My goodness.

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    Dec 19, 2010, 05.38 PMby bluewillow

    Definitely Valentino. The beautiful tiers, ruffles and flowing fabric is just wonderful.

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    Dec 19, 2010, 01.25 PMby vintagegal

    I have strong opinions here, being of English heritage on my mum’s side! I love what Rachel Roy did-very English. But I was sad to see no designs from John Galliano or Olivier Theyskens. Now that Lee McQueen (my favorite) is gone, those two designers would be my next go-to guys, in that order. They both have a wonderful sense of romance in their work. That being said, I think she should go with either Valentino or Nina Ricci. Protocol being what it is though, I believe she will go with an English designer/house.

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    Dec 19, 2010, 08.26 AMby victors

    I think Issa is in the picture also, Kates favourite designer supposedly.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 10.08 PMby peaudane

    I love the Missoni drawing!

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