Sunday, 1 May 2011

Sarah Burton Speaks Up

I have to applaud the fashion industry for it's efforts in attempting to unearth the secret of the century. For an industry that thrives on gossip and notorious for getting the gory details before anyone else, has this time failed; although we won't go into The Sunday Times' big reveal on 6th March! After the dress was revealed to be designed and made by Sarah Burton at British fashion house Alexander McQueen on the big day, the queue began to form for interviews. Burton said she would not be giving any interviews, but instead released a light-hearted, well-wishing statement, including why she denied the reports that it was in fact her designing the dress many weeks ago.

“It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress, and I have enjoyed every moment of it. It was such an incredible honour to be asked, and I am so proud of what we and the Alexander McQueen team have created,”

“I am delighted that the dress represents the best of British craftsmanship. Alexander 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. The last few months have been very exciting and an incredible experience for my team and I as we have worked closely with Catherine to create this dress under conditions of the strictest secrecy. Understandably, Catherine has been very keen to keep the details of her dress a secret, which is every bride’s prerogative, and we gave an undertaking to keep our role confidential until the day of the wedding."
"Catherine looked absolutely stunning today, and the team at Alexander McQueen are very proud of what we have created. The dress was just one component of a spectacular day, and I do not think it is appropriate to comment any further beyond saying that I personally am very grateful and honoured to have been given the opportunity to work on this project, and I wish TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge every good wish for the future.”

 The dress was made from Chantilly lace and silk gazar in ivory-white, and included the four well known emblems of the United Kingdom, the rose, the thistle, the daffodil and the shamrock. This embellishing was done by a collaboration with the Royal School Of Needlework. Kate, now Catherine Duchess Of Cambridge, is looking at options to display the dress to the public. There is currently no talk of where this will be, but in the past dresses worn by Diana, Princess Of Wales have been displayed at Kensington Palace.
But this wasn't the only dress to be admired on the big day. Kate's second outfit for the evening reception was yet another creation by the coveted Sarah Burton. This time without any train or fuss, the dress was a simple and classic gown which just skimmed the floor with an embellished waist. Kate's sister Pippa also stole some of the limelight in her cowl-neck, cap sleeved Royal Maid Of Honour dress.

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