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After weeks of speculation, new Royal Kate Middleton finally revealed her dress designer choice to the world when she walked down the aisle this afternoon in Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. First let me say that I am not a sucker for weddings, nor do I consider myself a hopeless romantic, but when Ms. Middleton stepped out of that car I couldn’t help but gasp for breath. She looked truly stunning – balancing perfectly between the modesty expected of her by the Royal Family and contemporary style, Middleton was the picture of a princess. See more pictures and videos courtesy of the BBC after the jump.

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The McQueen dress was made from ivory and white satin gazar with hand-cut English and French Chantilly lace crafted by the Royal School of Needlework. They used a Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s. The train on Middleton’s gown measured just over 8 ft, with the back of the dress finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons. You can read more about the details on Kate’s dress, as well as the dress her sister and Maid of Honor Pippa wore, here.


I love how when one of the commentators says the dress is Burton for the McQueen you can hear the other go “Yay!”. What did you think of Kate’s dress? Do you think McQueen was the right choice? What other designer would you like to have seen dress the new royal?

Middleton’s pick is well timed, as the Met’s retrospective of McQueen’s work, Savage Beauty, opens this coming Monday with the Costume Institute Gala.

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And I was just speaking to a friend the other day about how well Sarah Burton has transitioned into her role as the new head designer for McQueen. She has found a way to continue with the legacy McQueen built while brining in her own, more feminine spin. Case in point, her Fall 2011 collection for the house which garnered accolades from across the board and had critics, buyers and fashion lovers praising her fresh yet respectful vision for the McQueen name.

Between her stunning collections and the worldwide fame her dress for Middleton will no doubt bring, Burton is well on her way to solidifying her own place in fashion history and I look forward to her continued evolution at McQueen.

Photos courtesy of Reuters, BBC and metmuseum.org

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    May 8, 2011, 02.17 PMby asperge11

    I think this dress is very nice, but I have seen better ones made by members of this site :)

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    May 6, 2011, 09.52 AMby marrrija

    I must agree: absolutely gorgeous!!! :) That is THE wedding dress, the perfect one. and on my list, it stands just behind Grace Kelly).

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    May 5, 2011, 06.43 PMby ruthiesews

    I loved everything about the Royal Wedding and especially Kate’s absolutely gorgeous wedding gown ! The lace on the sleeves and upper bodice was TO DIE FOR and the neckline was just right for her bust size. The dress was elegant but not stuffy, modern but not flashy. The happy expression on Prince William’s face said it all !!!

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    May 3, 2011, 08.09 PMby runningwithscissors1

    I thought the bottom was the best part of the dress. It seemed to be simple and elegant for a wedding dress (at least in my opinion). I did not like the top at all. I understand the Westminister Abbey thing and the English lace thing, but it just seemed like an afterthought. We need sleeves and we need to use lace so there it is. I much preferred Pippa’s dress.

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    May 3, 2011, 03.10 PMby ichigogirl

    I loved her dress, although I normally don’t like dresses that cover half the bride up in lace. But this one is well executed. The bridesmaid’s dress though is to die for, it’s SO elegant, and you can tell even from these pictures that it’s made from top quality silk. I think the statement of keeping Kate’s hair down was big enough, if she wanted to break conventions. Bare skin on top of that would probably have been too much… (poor girl to enter the most conservative world of all, I’m glad William seems to be a nice chap, and not too conventional).

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    May 2, 2011, 05.26 PMby dobrotalivia

    I think it is the perfect bride dress for church ceremony.

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    May 2, 2011, 11.44 AMby heidilea

    I think a whole post could be devoted to the Divinity of the Hats worn to this affair. Plus, I find the entire protocol of dressing for Royal events facinating. It’s fun to see what people do when there are “old-fashioned” restrictions on what is acceptable to wear. Kate’s dress was modest, as her station decrees, yet elegant and modern. The lace incorporated the symbols of Britain. As for the guests, it was fun to see the men in morning suits, but even more fun to see how various ladies dressed wearing outfits that matched their hats.

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    May 2, 2011, 08.44 AMby fashionfreek

    Kate looked lovely and humble. The McQueen dress was nice. The lace detail was beautiful. All the best to both of them :-).

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    May 1, 2011, 04.31 PMby flowergirl22

    I think it made her look so slim and gracefull,, I am not a royal fan ,, but I could see myself enjoying the coverage on her wardrobe.

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    May 1, 2011, 08.21 AMby varenoea

    Terrible dress. Not only did it look like a bad rip-off of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress – it made her look old. The skirt and corset were okay, but the lace arms? Like an alibi, as if she was afraid to show her arms in public! All the bridesmaids looked better than her. At least THEY had dresses that were made for young women! In a nutshell: nothing interesting about it, just very dowdy and boring. My first thought was: “Jeez, I hope she didn’t pay money for that…”

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      May 1, 2011, 08.22 AMby varenoea

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      May 1, 2011, 09.20 AMby Rikki Cade Battle

      I personly beleve that katey looked lovely, her dress was stunning. and as to the lace sleves and you saying “as if she was afraid t oshow her arms in public!” she is now a princess who got maryed in west minister abby, there for she was not alowed to have her arms on show. she had to abide by english trdition

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      May 2, 2011, 11.32 AMby ichigogirl

      It does look a lot like the Grace Kelly dress (thanks for the link!), but I think that’s ok. It’s a very classic dress, simple but elegant, and I think that any classic dress can be found in earlier versions.
      And this is a very nice version!

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      May 2, 2011, 11.37 AMby heidilea

      I personally loved her dress (I know many who didn’t), but I believe she did the best she could with the Royal tradition of modesty.

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      May 6, 2011, 09.54 AMby Kelsey Edwards

      wrong

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    May 1, 2011, 06.55 AMby beverley-grift

    I loved everthing adout Kate’s dress. She looked fabulous ,so very elegant. The thin and shorter veil allowed us to see her beauty.

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    May 1, 2011, 06.30 AMby janene

    Very simple, very stylish, incredibly elegant and not showing off. Just like Kate!

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    May 1, 2011, 05.18 AMby tasallison

    loved the top half, but didn’t think the bottom half matched. The top is so pretty and suited her dark looks perfectly. plus how gorgeous was the simple veil?!

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    Apr 30, 2011, 09.10 PMby marionouchka

    And she was wearing french embroidery on her arms….. beautifull (expensive) dress.

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    Apr 30, 2011, 10.30 AMby rogue-cellist

    I liked it. Elegant, feminine, sophisticated and understated, perfectly befitting her station. I loved the fall of the skirt and the design of the train but wasn’t so keen on the neckline. The gown is also very much within her personal style which is to the credit of the designer because it shows how well she understood her client. Pippa also looked amazing. Personally though, I preferred Crown Princess Mary of Denmark’s wedding gown and I think really that is because of the neckline.

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    Apr 30, 2011, 09.10 AMby sarsaparilla

    Simple and elegant! I’m not a huge strapless dress fan, so I loved the sleeves. And… how amazing did Pippa look?

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    Apr 30, 2011, 07.03 AMby urbandon

    Simple, modern and elegant- what more could you want?

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    Apr 30, 2011, 06.36 AMby indyvidual

    This dress ist boring for such a great day

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    Apr 30, 2011, 02.32 AMby laha5822

    I love the dress as-is and think Kate is absolutely stunning! She is surely a fashion icon!

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    Apr 30, 2011, 02.32 AMby laha5822

    I love the dress as-is and think Kate is absolutely stunning! She is surely a fashion icon!

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    Apr 30, 2011, 02.29 AMby pambox

    i like it, but think it is nice rather than stunning. the cut is quite lovely, very grace kelly, but there’s something a bit missing for me, nothing that really wowed me. i’d probably have made the skirt a bit fuller – but not puff ball – and the train a bit longer, probably with a top overlay purely of lace, that was maybe a foot longer and half a foot wider than the rest of the train. i also would have had the lace on the skirt a different shade so it actually stood out, not have the neckline sit up quite so high (collarbones rather than actually on the neck) and changed the lice she used on the top and sleeves to something more intricate. but overall it’s still quite a nice dress.

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