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Lepley, a wedding dress designer whose boutique on London’s Fulham Road is the go-to place for celebrities and socialites alike, was widely tipped to be Middleton’s choice earlier this year. A spokeswoman, however, has denied that Lepley is doing the dress.
Valentine made the Duchess of Cornwall’s dress for her marriage to Prince Charles, as well as wedding gowns for Laura Parker Bowles and the ever-stylish London socialite and eco-campaigner Sheherazade Goldsmith. She is widely respected, and up to the job, but a spokeswoman has denied she’s involved with the dress.
Erdem Moralioglu’s lace creations would lend themselves perfectly to an ornate bridal gown, but his designs are perhaps a little too edgy for Middleton’s taste. Also, he’s Canadian, and, again, Middleton is thought to have chosen a Brit. A spokeswoman for Moralioglu said he isn’t designing the gown.
Though Westwood got a royal nod in 2006 when she was given the title of dame by Queen Elizabeth II, she will definitely not be designing the dress. In February, Westwood told reporters at her Red Label show in London that she would “love” to dress Middleton, but not until the bride-to-be “catches up somewhere with style.” A Westwood spokeswoman denied any involvement with the royal wedding dress.