Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Kate's wedding dress - on display in Buckingham Palace!

One can only dream to see such magnificent and history at it's finest creation by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and worn by our new favorite royalty, Duchess Catherine of Cambridge. *Dreaming mode on*
The display at Buckingham Palace in London started last July 20, 2011. Buckingham Palace expects some 650,000 this summer  to visit Queen Elizabeth's London residence and takes a glimpse of the dress worn by Kate at her royal wedding to Prince William. The ivory and white couture, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, won over the fashion press and public when Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge and a future queen, walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey last April. 
British craftsmanship!  The detail of this dress is just jaw-dropping!

Can't really figure out how many buttons. But I am sure, Kate's sister,  Pippa had a hard time helping the Duchess in her  Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen creation.
Royalty! Classic with modern charm! Very fairy-tale dream come true for all of us! The Daily Mail reports that the exquisite Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown costs £250,000. That's like Php 17,500,000 in our currency. *BIG GRIN*
Something borrowed! The Cartier Halo Tiara of Queen Elizabeth II.  It was originally commissioned in 1936 by the Duke of York  for his wife Elizabeth—the Queen Mum. In 1946, she passed the crown on to her daughter, the current Queen, for her 18th birthday.
These earrings were given to Kate by her parents, Carole & Michael Middleton, as a gift for her wedding day. To get a pair of this, Links of London has replica in reproduction and on sale. Heard the waiting list is long. Yikes! Click on this.
And finally! The shoes we never saw at the wedding. These pair were designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen to go with the dress that has the same lace detailing to match.

These are replicas that are on display because the original cake were saved by the couple as tradition dictates that the couple save two layers to be served at the christening of their first child (and now that's something we need to do for the future Christening of our babies! LOL).
At the right, is the original bottom layer of the wedding cake of Prince William and Duchess Catherine.  The cut made by the ceremonial sword that the couple used for the cake cutting can clearly be seen.

Photo credits: Hugo Burnand/Clarence House via WPA Pool/Getty Images

To quote Hilary Alexander of Fashion Telegraph UK in her April 9, 2011 article, "Its exquisite hand-embroidered and appliqu├ęd lace, and emphasis on 'best of British' materials, recalled Queen Victoria's decision in 1840 that her bridal gown should promote the nation's skills, while the classic and graceful lines could have been inspired by both the modernist Princess Margaret, who in 1960 also married in Westminster Abbey, and the more romantic style of Princess Grace, whose wedding had taken place four years earlier. The latter reference could be also be seen as a very sensitive and sympathetic homage to Diana, Princess of Wales, who had had an instant rapport with the former Hollywood film star and saw her as a style icon."
All of these will be on display up until October 3, 2011. So if anyone of you wishes to experience it all, start saving now and book your flight soon! LOL Yay!

Hope I'll be getting a benefactor who will sponsor me for this trip. LOL (Just pm me! Weeee!)
(Photo credits: The Daily Mail)

If only I can experience it all. :D Where is my fairy godmother?! Where are you?! LOL
The very chic designer, Sarah Burton. At least we have now a face for that name. :D She looks like Carmen Kass. :D

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