Sarah Burton Dishes on Designing Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress
Catherine Middleton arrives for the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Getty Images)more pics »
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In the months surrounding the royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William, fashion fanatics around the world were abuzz with anticipation on what Kate's gown would look like. Kate solidified her status as a style queen in the making when she stepped out in an elegant wedding gown designed by Sarah Burton, the creative director of power fashion house, Alexander McQueen. Burton worked with Kate Middleton for months on the conception and construction of the luxurious gowns—one for the wedding and another for the reception. Burton told the Telegraph that "it was so great to actually keep a secret, especially in this day and age when everyone talks about everything." Sarah was bound to secrecy on the royal design due to a confidentiality agreement with Buckingham Palace.
Burton worked closely with the Duchess, even accompanying her to Westminster Abbey on the eve of her wedding to make personal alterations to the nine-foot train. Burton said, "I remember standing in Westminster Abbey thinking, 'This is unreal.' It was like a fairy tale. And all I could think was, 'I hope I don't trip over.' I didn't realise the enormity of it until much nearer the wedding day. It was a magical experience."
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Burton took over as creative director after McQueen's death in February 2010. She shared her hesitation in accepting the highly-acclaimed position, saying, "I definitely considered not taking this job. I was at such a loss, he was such a huge part of my life, my every day. I could finish his sentences but I didn't know that I could begin anything, and that terrified me." Designing the Duchess' fairy tale wedding dress felt like a "gift" to Burton from McQueen himself—"out of such terrible, tragic times and from under this dark cloud came that dress."
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