Kate's Wedding Dress Becomes Fashion History

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Kate's Wedding Dress Becomes Fashion History

Today, Usa, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The Dress is officially out of the royal garment bag.

The big reveal was the culmination of what was perhaps the tightest-kept piece of information pertaining to Kate Middleton's royal wedding to Prince William.

For five months, the sartorial secret remained securely under wraps. When the big moment finally came, Middleton's dream dress did not disappoint. And for chosen designer Sarah Burton, the 36-year- old creative director of luxury British label Alexander McQueen, it will surely go down as a career-defining moment.

The lacy, long-sleeved, sweetheart-neckline gown with lace overlay was accompanied by an ivory silk-tulle veil trimmed with hand-embroidered flowers and set off by a sparkling tiara. It took some adjusting to fold the almost-9-foot train into the car for the trip to Westminster Abbey.

The full-skirted dress was on magnificent display when she entered the abbey. The ivory-satin bodice of Middleton's dress was cut low in the back, but lace covered her bare skin. Great care was taken in constructing the lace, a task that went to the Royal School of Needlework. According to details posted on the official royal wedding website, "the workers washed their hands every 30 minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine, and the needles were renewed every three hours to keep them sharp and clean."

"I think it's magnificent," said Vogue European editor-at-large Hamish Bowles, who compared the styling to the dress Grace Kelly wore when she wed Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956. It "entirely lived up to and exceeds anyone's expectations," said Bowles. "It's a marvelous tribute to British design that she would choose Sarah Burton, who's doing such a sensational job carrying the torch of McQueen's visionary talent."

Crafted from ivory and white satin gazar, the dress was a smart fabric choice, Bowles said. "It has great body and stiffness and architectural drama, but it's very light and airy. ... It's perfect and highly sophisticated.

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