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Kate Middleton's wedding gown by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen

Middleton's wedding dress was created by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. It resembled the gown of Grace Kelly.
Middleton's wedding dress was created by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. It resembled the gown of Grace Kelly.Abaca Press/MCT` Associated Press

With the high anticipation of the Royal Wedding, Katherine Middleton’s arrival was donned in an, "ivory and white satin gazar. The skirt echoes an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and pleats. The ivory satin bodice, which is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, draws on the Victorian tradition of corsetry and is a hallmark of Alexander McQueen’s designs,“ according to the royal website. It was held in place by a Cartier halo tiara, which the Queen lent to Middleton.

The inspiration

The wedding gown was a combination of traditional style and modernity, which is what Middleton was seeking. The gown resembles the design of Grace Kelly’s, and it's apparent that Kelly's gown was the inspiration behind Middleton's. The long Victorian, lace sleeves were accented by a deep V-neckline and train that was just over six feet long. Middleton's gown was paired with a soft layered, ivory tulle veil trimmed with embroidered flowers by the Royal School of Needlework.

The Design House

Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen to come up with this creation. The designer was kept a secret throughout the entire media frenzy, and the outcome was a surprise to those who have fervently followed the details of the wedding. For those unfamiliar with McQueen, he was the British designer known for earning "British Designer of the Year,” four times between 1996 and 2003.

Look for it in a store near you

If you are a fan of the gown, keep a watchful eye for recreations at bridal retailers. Re-productions will soon hit the racks and you’ll be able to have a similar version of the dress in no time.

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