Congratulations are in order to Prince William and Princess-to-be Kate Middleton. We were delighted to hear of their engagement when it was announced on Tuesday, but all week the biggest talk of the town has been about ‘THE’ Royal wedding dress… what style of wedding dress will Kate walk down the aisle in?
Naturally the conversation in the Sassi PR office was about who from a range of designers, famous for their niche in creating memorable and beautiful gowns would design Kate’s dress; notably Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier and Reem Acra were discussed and we were discussing the style of the design; whether it would be a larger than life ornament or a sleek design that accentuates Kate’s silhouette.
A Royal wedding is always a lavish ceremony where it was essential for the bride-to-be to be adorned in nothing but the finest materials and jewels such as velvet, damask silk, satin and furs sewn together with gold and silver thread; diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and pearls as well as the colour of the materials like red, purple and black which back in the day showed status, importance and wealth, but we don’t see Kate going for something so ‘overpoweringly’ lavish.
The evolution of wedding fashion and design has transformed greatly, revolutionising the concept of tradition and style as many more designers have emerged such as Oscar de la Renta, Elie Saab for Pronovias, Badgley Mischka and Marchesa.
So will Kate be wearing something similar to what The Queen wore on her wedding day in 1947? The dress was a silk masterpiece sewn with silver thread, bejewelled with crystals and 10,000 seed pearls with a 15 foot train, designed by Norman Hartnell. Or will Kate opt for something similar to what the late Lady Diana wore to her wedding day, which was one of the most watched events in TV history.
The famous wedding dress designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel featured a ruffled collar with a bow in the centre, large puffed sleeves that gathered ruffles with delicate ribbons and the dress itself that was made of taffeta, layers of tulle and lace that was embroidered with sequins and 10,000 pearls and the most famous part of the dress- the lace trimmed 25 foot train. The dress was designed to keep in with Diana’s youth and beauty whilst also being dramatic and this not only created a style icon in Diana, but kicked off a trend in wedding design fashion in the 1980’s in meringue.
Kate is noted for her classic style, similar to that of Diana during the 90’s so we may see Kate opt for a demure but classic silhouette in a luxurious fabric, but the question remains: who will design the dress? A trend has emerged with the collaboration of up and coming designers like Bunmi Olaye of Bunmi Koko as well as celebrity designers such as Victoria Beckham and we’re sure either will be more than pleased to dress the queen-to-be for the big day next year. Kate’s options are vast in what she could have for her big day, but we have no no doubt that it will be of the highest quality in design, style and trend!