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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Alice Temperley

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Sarah Burton

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WWDStyle issue 04/12/2011


Alice Temperley

Pros: Temperley is already a favorite of Middleton and her sister Pippa, and she has a booming business designing wedding gowns. Pippa and Carole Middleton were recently photographed outside Temperley’s studio deep in conversation with the designer.

Cons: Sources close to Temperley have already said she’s not doing the Big Dress. In addition, Temperley’s designs — while delicate and beautiful — have a sexy, Bohemian feel, making them better suited to barefoot weddings in Barbados than to buttoned-up affairs in one of Britain’s most awe-inspiring churches. Temperley is more likely to be doing Pippa’s dress for the day or Kate’s evening look.

What she’s saying: No comment.


Sarah Burton

Pros: Burton has wowed the fashion set since she showed her first collections as creative director for McQueen last year. Her own wedding dress was designed by the late Lee Alexander McQueen, and she has worked on countless other show-stopping wedding dresses for McQueen customers, including Plum Sykes and Sara Buys, who’s married to Tom Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall’s son.

Cons: While Burton’s aesthetic is sublime, and she’s certainly up to the job, she would be an unusual choice for Middleton, whose style remains mumsy and staid.

What she’s saying: Burton herself, a McQueen spokeswoman and McQueen’s chief executive officer, Jonathan Akeroyd, have all repeatedly denied that Burton is doing the dress.

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