The now Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown has been hailed a perfect tribute to Alexander McQueen. But the design, by the late designer’s protegé and successor Sarah Burton, also pays homage to another princess bride.
The intricate lace appliqué bodice and sleeves of Catherine’s dress mirror those on the wedding gown of Grace Kelly, who became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Ranier III, Prince of Monaco, in 1956.
Grace Kelly’s gown was designed by Helen Rose, American, 1904 – 1985. Made by the wardrobe department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Culver City, California, founded 1924. Worn by Grace Kelly at her marriage to Prince Ranier of Monaco, American (Philadelphia), 1929 – 1982. Materials included silk needle lace (rose point), silk faille, silk tulle, and seed pearls
But the similarities don’t end there: both gowns share a high-waisted, full-skirted silhouette with a long, dramatic train, and were worn with the sheerest of veils and diamond tiaras.
Well worth the wait, it was a perfect. The Chantilly lace bodice, the sweetheart neckline, the exquisitely bustling on the skirt; her gown is perfection.
Two designers did have drawn inspiration from the “Kate” gown in a captivating manner. Monique Lhuillier created her “Catherine” gown actually before the Royal Wedding day and her design is completely lovely. Chantilly lace, long sleeves, it is one of my favourites.
CATHERINE – PLATINUM COLLECTION
IVORY RE-EMBROIDERED AND CHANTILLY LACE LONG SLEEVE BATEAU NECK. NATURAL WAIST BODICE WITH HAND APPLIQUÉD A-LINE SKIRT
IVORY TULLE VEIL WITH LACE APPLIQUÉ
Valencienne Bespoke Luxury Bridal of Toronto, ON also created a “Kate” gown (for the ceremony as well as the cocktail reception) and while this design is quite a departure from the gown Burton sent down the aisle of the Abbey, it certainly draws inspiration from the gown while having a personality and story all of it’s own.
Valencienne Bridal, “Kate” Sketches
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