Designers React to Royal Wedding Dress

Praise for design worn by Catherine Middleton from Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, Hubert de Givenchy, Donatella Versace, Viktor & Rolf and Elie Saab.

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Valentino: “I loved the was very simple and young even if an hint of Grace Kelly's dress spoke of 1950s! I loved the flounce on the back of the skirt and the little decoration all around the short veil. I loved the choice of the tiara: simple, pretty, very right for the dress and for her was used almost as an hairpiece to keep the hair and the veil, not as a heavy decoration. Compared to the famous Diana’s dress, Diana’s was a dress of a fairytale princess.. still a dress everybody remembers.. Kate’s one is a very pretty, modern dress that will be copied everywhere but lacks that fairytale element. Today most of the new princesses are young, modern, non-royal women who have clear ideas, independence from stiff protocol.. they want to be themselves and not anymore a symbol of the crown.”


Christian Lacroix: “I like the dress very much, simpler than expected: A combination just in between 1956 Grace Kelly and 1947 Queen Elizabeth dress. I love the modest veil with the Queen Mother’s Thirties scroll tiara and balanced volume of the whole gown. She’s radiant; She never was so beautiful. And Prince William’s red Irish uniform is gorgeous.”

Hubert de Givenchy: “The dress is very simple and very nice. The veil is a little flat, but because she has such a lovely face, she can afford to wear it this way. She is very pretty.” About choosing a dress from McQueen, whose founder committed suicide last year, De Givenchy said: “It’s a lovely thought, a nice tribute.”


Oscar de la Renta: “She looked absolutely ravishing. She looked like a bride should look and she handled herself tremendously. And they look like a much loving couple. I am happy to see fresh blood coming into the family. It was a very traditional, beautiful dress which it needed to be for that kind of wedding. Most of all she devastated with her charm. Listen, she will wear anything and will look ravishing.”


Peter Copping of Nina Ricci: “Very much in a royal tradition, reminiscent of Queen Elizabeth’s — and a little bit Grace Kelly. She looks happy, radiant and natural.”


Donatella Versace: "Kate's dress was beautiful. She looked very regal."

Viktor & Rolf:
“Kate’s dress was simply elegant. Her hair down was a beautiful and natural touch, and the tiara was stunning. She looked as at-ease as humanly possible and was radiant. Our compliments.”

Christian Cota: “I thought the fit of the bodice and the lace overlay were very well executed. Although I thought the lace could have looked a little more delicate and more see through. I was not a big fan of the veil — it could have been more dramatic and could have had more texture. I loved the hair and makeup — she looked beautiful and timeless. I did think the dress overall was a little to safe, I wish it had been a little more dramatic with a longer train. The shape and silhouette was very flattering on her; I just missed a bit of drama, especially because it was the wedding of the decade.”


J. Crew’s head of bridal Tom Mora: “I liked the way the pleats flounced in the back of the dress almost as though they were flying. That three-dimensional bustle was reminiscent of the envol collection Christian Dior had done in 1948. I also liked the matte color of the dress. That could become a big trend for bridal. The slight hip shape that was built into the dress exaggerated her narrow waist nicely.”


Elie Saab: “It was a very elegant dress, subtly refined and discreet, in keeping with her style. I would have liked it even more with a little extra volume and a longer train.”

Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design at H&M: "Kate Middleton’s dress is beautiful. She looks absolutely stunning today at the royal wedding. The lace together with the long sleeves really showed the craftsmanship and hours of work that has gone into creating a dress like this. The dress suits Kate Middleton perfectly and Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen surely lived up to my expectations. I also think that the lovely flower bouquet will set the trend for many brides to be."

Mark Badgley of Badgley Mischka, speaking for himself and James Mischka: "James and I have goose bumps! The dress is perfection; and will stand the test of time. It is a classic Grace Kelly look. The skirt is divine. We love the hair down and the veil. The proportion is beautiful."


Narciso Rodriguez: "Catherine looked simply beautiful. Her timeless McQueen gown was exquisite, modern and elegant. It will inspire many brides."


Antonio Marras, Kenzo: “McQueen was a brilliant choice. The choice of the label and the style of the dress was a very clever mix between edgy fashion and tradition — all in a very British way. You could see references to Grace Kelly or Queen Elizabeth's dresses, but in a simpler, more modern way. I loved her hair down. It looked perfectly natural and noble. Truly royal."


Alexis Mabille: “Kate’s dress is a classic, very elegant and pure…. It reminds me of Princess Grace’s wedding dress in a modern version with deeper cleavage, the draping at the back in reference to McQueen.”


Dennis Basso: "I love that dress. It epitimiizes the modern bride: covered, but still sexy with its tight bodice. The lace overlay and the covered-up look will certainly set a trend."


Ralph Rucci of Chado Ralph Rucci, who noted the dropped torso and panel construction of the skirt was especiallty beautiful: "I love it. I'm so glad she went with Sarah Burton, who is brilliant. The dress encompasses all the necessities of the protocal a future Queen should represent. It rings in a youthfulness that reflects the future monarchy."


Reed Krakoff: “I thought the dress was very modern. It bridged the gap between modern and youthful, and was respectful to the position she is in. It didn’t look to traditional or expected though. I particularly liked the neckline. It was more youthful than I expected. The fact that the bodice was fitted and formfitting was great, because she is a beautiful young woman and it accentuated that.”

Rachel Zoe: “Mc Queen was the perfect choice for Kate. It showed loyalty to a UK designer and also her love of fashion without being trendy. I am a huge fan of Sarah Burton; she is doing a brilliant job at the helm of McQueen and the dress was flawless.”


Ippolita: "What can one say other than ‘tradition must prevail.’ Demure pearls and formal pins for the older generations and simple tiara and small diamond drop earrings, inspired by Kate’s new coat of arms, for the Princess of Cambridge. The simplicity was somewhat refreshing, but hey, it’s a party! Where are the jewels?”


Molly Yestadt, Yestadt Millinery: “Kate’s veil was elegant and very clean, simply draped over the head. A style like this really highlights the face and the tiara read as quite modern considering its heritage.”

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