Kate's Dress: Who Will It Be?

WWD sizes up the designers in contention to outfit Kate Middleton for the Big Day.

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Bruce Oldfield

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Catherine Walker in 1985.

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Bruce Oldfield
Pros: The sweet-natured elder statesman of British wedding gown design, Oldfield is a darling of the social set and has already dressed a number of Middleton’s pals. He’s a safe pair of hands and can build a dress that would stand up to the Gothic grandeur of Westminster Abbey.

Cons: He’s closely associated with Princess Diana, whom he dressed in the Eighties and early Nineties. He’s in his 60s, and might not be the right designer for Middleton if she wants to forge her own style.

What he’s saying:
No comment.

Catherine Walker
Pros: Although Walker died last September after a long illness, she left behind a strong, talented and loyal design team to continue her work. Wedding dresses — and utter discretion — are their specialty, and clients include royals such as Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lady Helen Taylor, and actresses such as Joely Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave.

Cons: Walker also was a close friend and favorite designer of Diana, who is buried in one of her black dresses. Once again, the label wouldn’t be right if Middleton wanted to make a fresh fashion start.

What the team is saying: No comment.

Daniella Helayel
Pros: She’s already a firm favorite of Middleton — she wore a royal blue Issa dress on the day of her engagement. She clearly feels comfortable in Helayel’s designs, and surely would have had fun collaborating on a dress.

Cons: Helayel is Brazilian, and it’s likely that Middleton will choose a British designer. Also, Helayel doesn’t specialize in wedding dresses, and this one is a mighty tall order. It’s more likely that Helayel is designing one or more of Middleton’s dresses for the wedding dinner dance, or for the honeymoon.

What she’s saying: No comment.

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