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Special Exhibit: The Princess Bride

Haven’t had enough of the royal wedding, yet?  Kate Middleton’s famous Alexander McQueen bridal gown by Sarah Burton will go on display for visitors to see this coming summer!  Buckingham Palace will offer tours from July 23rd to October 3rd of this year to view Princess Catherine’s dress, Cartier tiara, veil, heels, as well as the Rolls-Royce Phantom and 1902 State Landau coach that carried Kate and Wills.  (Fun Fact: Even the wedding cake by Fiona Cairns will be shown in the State dining room!)  Seeing the royal jewels is always a fun choice while visiting London, and being able to see this exhibit seems like a great addition!  Tickets are $28.70 for adults and $16.50 for children.  Wish we were there!

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Look-of-the-Day

Playing second fiddle to a blushing bride isn’t always a fun job (especially when you’re in the world’s most watched wedding – don’t trip!  Only 1/3 of the planet is watching!)  But Princess Kate’s kid sister seemed to be having a grand ol’ time at her big sister’s royal nuptials!  Pippa Middleton seems as perky and fun as her nickname!  Princess Catherine wasn’t about to make her maid-of-honor look like a dog – she outfitted Pippa in a sexy gown by the same designer (Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton) as herself.  What a good sister!  People were perplexed why Pippa was in white too, but it’s royal tradition to dress a lady-in-waiting in a similar color to the bride.  Both girls looked quite glamorous, which is why we waited a week to feature Pippa in her own post!  And really?  Which wedding guest had a gown appropriate enough for “Fancy Friday” that wasn’t Kate?


Words on Fashion

It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress, and I have enjoyed every moment of it.” – Sarah Burton, Creative Director of Alexander McQueen and designer of the princess’s gown.


Look-of-the-Day

“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride…”  But it doesn’t matter if your Princess Catherine’s maid-of-honor, because you’ll be wearing some hot designer duds!  For the ceremony, both Kate Middleton and her younger sister, Pippa, were wearing Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton.  But for the second reception, Pippa wore an emerald green Temperley gown.  “The dress was designed especially for her with a fantastic open back and a full skirt for dancing in,” Alice Temperley explained.  Temperley, who attended the same college as McQueen and Burton (Central St. Martins), launched her own line in 2000.  The high-end British designer might sound familiar to American ears, due to her participation in the Target GO International program.  This gown’s color does look divine on Miss Middleton, but maybe that’s because our editors are quite biased… We certainly approve of maid-of-honors in green!


Look-of-the-Day

Today Kate Middleton went from college girlfriend to Princess Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge.  This philanthropic, down-to-earth, educated, true British beauty deserves any royal title she’s given.  She has graced the world with the most regal and elegant gown in the history of royal weddings.  When Catherine descended her chariot (a Rolls Royce), the female newscasters all said the same thing, “Her dress looks very much like Grace Kelly’s.” Although the dresses have the same theme with the high collar and long sleeves done in lace, there was something about the people’s Kate that stood out amongst all the former brides.  The mystery behind the dress’s designer was one of the best-kept secrets in British history!  Sarah Burton, the creative director for the late Alexander McQueen, earned an art foundation diploma at Manchester Polytechnic before interning for McQueen during her third year at Central St. Martins (where McQueen also attended school) studying print fashion in London.  Burton graduated in ’97 and became McQueen’s protégé after school.  Catherine’s dress was fitted at the waistline and accompanied by a nine-foot train in a striking yet subtle floral embroidered pattern that continued to the front.  The bodice was a sweetheart bustier shape kept under long lace sleeves and extending collar.  The little peek-a-boo of skin at the neck was the perfect accent to looking modern and tasteful.  Catherine was definitely a “veil bride” versus a “hair bride” by keeping her chocolate tresses down in soft curls as she normally does, and put the attention on a soft, mantilla-styled headdress with lace piping and of course the Cartier platinum tiara.  The tiara was made in 1936 and bought by Prince William’s great-grandfather, King George VI, for William’s great-grandmother.  Queen Elizabeth was then given the tiara on her 18th birthday by her mother and lent it to the new Princess for her special day.  Catherine’s maid of honor, her sister Pippa, also donned a custom Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ivory gown.  Both the bride and the maid of honor wore earrings made by Robinson Pelham.  Catherine’s earrings were a wedding gift from her parents and were made to look like her family’s new coat of arms.  They had pave-set diamond acorns in the center of pear-shaped diamond drops.  Pippa wore floral diamond earrings with a coordinating headpiece.  Hopefully future brides take cues from the Duchess of Cambridge, instead of the horrible Bridezillas we see so much of.  Catherine’s equation to being a stunning bride: softness, sophistication, subtly, and all smiles!