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style + fashion

the art of getting dressed.

the royal wedding!!!!!

Caitlin Surakitbanharn

i cried.  admit it, you did too.  when Kate Middleton, now the Dutchess of Cambridge, stepped out of her Rolls Royce this morning and the world got the first glimpse of the stunning Sarah Burton for McQueen designed dress, it took the collective breath of the world away.  such a moment, obviously for Kate, but also for the world of fashion!



both Kate and her maid of honor, sister Pippa, wore Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, both in white, and both beautifully subtle.



the veil, bodice, and skirt trim were made of hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace, put together by hand by Sarah Burton and her team of seamstresses.  The train was 8.8 feet long...long enough but not too long.  The Royal School of Needlework did the lace overlay of the bodice, overseen by Burton personally.  The RSN also did the embroidery of the veil and shoes, which were also handmade by Burton.

Kate carried a small bouquet of various flowers, including sweet William (awww!) and the traditional sprig of myrtle.



the most beautiful touch, aside from the Bride herself, is the bustle of the gown, which is signature McQueen and signature Sarah Burton.  the soft, feminine cascade of white and ivory satin gazar opening like a lily down the back of the train is such a subtle detail giving nod to the house of McQueen, to Sarah Burton, and to Lee himself.


the lovely bride and groom, exiting the Abbey...can we all take a second and swoon over how tiny her waist is?  both Kate and Pippa were looking extra thin and extra fierce!

i think the most wonderful thing about Kate's dress is the muted restraint of it all.  the dress is beautiful, it's stunning, but when you look at all these pictures...all you can think is how beautiful SHE is.  this dress lets Kate shine through as the beautiful woman she is.  and she really is a beautiful woman.  gracious, poised, and absolutely stunning...and her dress just accentuated all of those things about her.

i think that up in heaven, Lee McQueen is beaming with pride.  his house, that he built, made the dress of the century, and did it so beautifully... he must be overflowing with pride for the label and for Sarah Burton.  up in heaven, i'm sure he's popping a bottle of champagne with Issy Blow, celebrating!

watching this, seeing this gown, made me well up with tears, as does every story written in memory of Lee, but i know he's proud.  his successor is a worthy one.

Congrats again to the happy couple!!!