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Royal Wedding Kate Chose Traditional Wedding Gown

December 15, 2012 7:25 pmViews: 799

For her Royal Wedding Kate chose a lace and satin gown created by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

Royal Wedding Kate Chose a Traditional Wedding Gown.

Royal Wedding Kate chose traditional wedding gown.

April 29, 2011 London. Kate Middleton waves to the crowd when she and her maid-of-honor Pippa were walking into Westminster Abbey.

Kate’s wedding gown.
Royal Wedding Kate Chose a to wear a custom gown by Sarah Burton.For her Royal Wedding Kate chose a custom design gown by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. The British brand is known for its craftsmanship, respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing.

For the royal wedding Kate chose her dress to combine tradition and modern with the artistic vision. She worked closely with Burton in formulating the design of her dress.

The dress creation pays tribute to the Arts and Crafts tradition. It advocates truth to materials and traditional craftsmanship using simple forms. It is often seen in romantic styles of decoration. Burton’s design draws on this heritage. Additionally giving the cut and the intricate embellishment a distinctive, contemporary and feminine character.

The wedding gown 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 were hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design. The design incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.

Hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace is throughout the bodice and skirt. With laces coming from different sources much care was taken to ensure that each flower was the same color.

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 is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips. It draws on the Victorian tradition of corsetry a hallmark of 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.

The Fabrics.
French Chantilly lace was combined with English Cluny lace. They were 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.

RSN The Royal School of Needlework.
Based at Hampton Court Palace RSM assisted the McQueen team in accurately cutting out the delicate motifs from the lace fabrics. As well as positioning the lace motifs with precision into the new design. The lace motifs were pinned framed up and applied with stab stitching every two to three millimeters around each lace motif.

The workers washed their hands every thirty minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine. The needles were renewed every three hours to keep them sharp and clean. The RSN workers included existing staff, former staff, tutors, graduates and students with the youngest aged 19.

The RSN’s work was used for the train and skirt of the Bride’s dress, the bodice and sleeves. The Bride’s shoes and the veil.

Veil and Jewellery.

Royal Wedding Kate Chose to wear a tiara loan from Queen Elizabeth.
Kate’s veil is made of layers of soft ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers which were embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.

The veil is held in place by the Cartier halo tiara lent to Kate by Queen Elizabeth. 

The halo tiara was made by Cartier in 1936. It was purchased by The Duke of York three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King. He later became King George VI. His Duchess later became Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

The tiara was presented to Princess Elizabeth who is now The Queen by her mother on the occasion of her 18th birthday.

The Bride’s earrings are by Robinson Pelham. They are diamond-set stylized oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop. And a pavé set diamond acorn suspended in the center.

Inspiration for the design comes from the Middleton family’s new coat of arms which includes acorns and oak leaves. The earrings were made to echo the tiara. They were a personal gift to the Bride from her parents.

Robinson Pelham designed and made a pair of diamond earrings for Pippa as well. These earrings are more floral in nature to compliment the headpiece she wore during the Service.

A tourmaline and diamond pendant with matching earrings were designed for Kate’s mother Carole Middleton. Two gold stick pins one with a single gold acorn at the head and the other with an oak leaf were worn respectively by the Father of the Bride, Michael Middleton and the Bride’s brother James.

Wedding Shoes.
For her royal wedding Kate chose shoes that were hand-made by the team at McQueen. They were ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.

Kate’s Bridal Bouquet.
Royal Wedding Kate Chose language flowers in her bouquet including Sweet William.For her Royal Wedding Kate chose a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth.

Designed by Shane Connolly it draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family. The Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers.

The meaning of the flowers in the bridal bouquet.
Lily-of-the-valley means Return of happiness. Sweet William means Gallantry. Hyacinth is Constancy of love. Ivy includes fidelity, marriage, wedded love, friendship and affection. Myrtle is the emblem of marriage. Love.

The bouquet contains stems from a myrtle planted at Osborne House in the Isle of Wight by Queen Victoria in 1845. And a sprig from a plant grown from the myrtle used in The Queen’s wedding bouquet of 1947.

The tradition of carrying myrtle began after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. 

In the same year Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat. A sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls where it continues to thrive today.

The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria eldest daughter Princess Victoria when she married in 1858. And was used to signify the traditional innocence of a bride.

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