Kate Middleton wears a Sarah Burton designed wedding dress

Kate Middleton's wedding dress designed by Sarah BurtonPhoto via Grazia UK

The royal wedding between Catherine (Kate) Middleton and Prince William may be in full swing right now, but the internet is buzzing with confirmation that her wedding dress is by Sarah Burton.

Known for her feminine and perhaps even regal designers, Burton’s dress for Kate features long lace sleeves, a fitted bodice, long train and has a  beautiful and classic cut. With her hair pinned up and adorned by a tiara, Milddleton also reportedly did her own make up so news of hew dress would not break until she stepped out of the car in front of Westminster Abbey.

The design has many agreeing that it echo’s the beautiful wedding gown worn by Grace Kelly in her wedding to Prince Albert of Monaco in 1956.

According to the official press release:

Miss Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing. Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work. Miss Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress.

Kate Middleton's wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton


More from the official release:

The Fabrics

French Chantilly lace was combined with English Cluny lace to be hand-worked in the Irish Carrickmacross needlework tradition.

All other fabrics used in the creation of the dress were sourced from and supplied by British companies. The choice of fabrics followed extensive research by Sarah Burton and her team.

The design

The lace appliqué for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. The lace design was hand-engineered (appliquéd) using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s. Individual flowers have been hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design, which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.

Hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace has been used throughout the bodice and skirt, and has been used for the underskirt trim. With laces coming from different sources, much care was taken to ensure that each flower was the same colour. The whole process was overseen and put together by hand by Ms Burton and her team.

The dress is made with ivory and white satin gazar. The skirt echoes an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and pleats. The train measures two metres 70 centimetres. 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. The back is finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops. The underskirt is made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace.

Beautiful dress. We can wait to show you more when more photos appear online.