April 27, 2011

Designers sketch their suggestions for Kate Middleton’s wedding dress

With only two days until Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot some of the world’s best designers reveal their sketched bridal gown suggestions for the princess-to-be.

Karl Lagerfeld suggests a Chanel take on “the Victorian wedding dress, with a twist — high boots and open in the front.”

Alberta Ferretti: “In Kate I see the natural, radiant and self-confident attitude of today’s girls. For this, I can’t help but think of an embroidered, fluid-silhouette dress in precious fabrics that will help her make an everlasting impression.” 

Christian Lacroix: “Something old: Victorian skirt. Something new: patchwork gown. Something borrowed: Queen Elizabeth’s veil. Something red: Elizabethan top, as red was the wedding colour until 1900!”

Elizabeth Emanuel: “It’s entirely different from the Diana dress I designed, which was very much of the 80s, but it’s still fitting for a royal occasion. It’s a much more modern dress, but romantic and out of the ordinary.” 

Frida Giannini, Gucci: “I admire the balance Kate Middleton strikes between elegant and contemporary with her unmistakable style. For her, I had in mind clean lines, soft shapes and classic touches such as the boat neckline and distinctive train.” 

Angela Missoni: “This dress was designed to enhance Kate Middleton’s beauty through precious fabrics. The clean and contemporary lines, never redundant and beyond all specific stylistic periods, give her an eternal image of grace and elegance.” 

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, Valentino: “We designed a ‘blossoming’ dress because we imagined her as a new Botticellian Venus.”

Peter Copping, Nina Ricci: “Light as a feather, layers of lace and organza… a dress fit for a princess.” 

Vera Wang: "The tradition of intricate hand-pieced lacework in the high-necked bodice with elbow-length sleeves, together with the voluminous skirt of a mixture of stiff and soft silk tulle, feels regal, yet poetic.” 
Rebecca Taylor: “The A-line silhouette of this dress is elegant and sophisticated, similar to Kate’s style, but the floral appliqués and corset top add a youthful feel. Fit for young royalty.” 

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