Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Wedding Gown Facts & Info

Well the royal wedding of the decade (or longer) has finally come and gone and the much anticipated wedding gown was also finally revealed to the world.  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as she is now officially known showed the world what grand style and elegance is all about when she donned that gorgeous silk and Chantilly lace gown designed by English designer Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

Very similar!!

The design was very reminiscent to Princess Grace of Monaco’s (formerly Grace Kelly) wedding gown offering a somewhat sense of modesty with its long sleeves, covered shoulders and back.
Lace details had symbolized  meaning:  It’s been said that Middleton wished to combine tradition and modernity, and along with the designer worked in a style that included a lace applique bodice with detailing that symbolized the nations of the United Kingdom.  Very creative!

The lace bodice design was hand-made using a technique that originated in Ireland in the 1820s called Carrickmacross, which involved cutting out the detailings of roses (symbolizing England), thistles (Scotland), daffodils (Wales), and shamrocks (Ireland), applying them to the ivory silk tulle individually.  It’s been told also that the dressmakers used fresh needles every three hours, and washed their hands every half an hour, to avoid marking the fabric.

Hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace was used throughout the bodice, skirt, and the underskirt trim. With laces coming from different sources, there needed to be great care taken to ensure that each flower was the same color. On the back are 58 buttons of gazar and organza, which fasten by means of Rouleau loops. The underskirt is made of English Cluny lace over silk tulle.

Something old, blue and borrowed:   To partially fulfill the “something blue” portion of the British wedding tradition, a blue ribbon was sewn inside the dress.  Love that idea!  The design for the bodice of the dress featuring Carrickmacross craftmanship was the “something old”.

Grandmama's Heirloom Tiara

And to finish it off, the bridal train measured 110 in and was adorned with the Queen’s personal tiara named the Cartier Halo Tiara that was purchased by King George VI for the Queen Mother (Elizabeth I) who gifted it to Queen Elizabeth on her 18th birthday while she was still Princess Elizabeth and there you have “something borrowed”.  That’s quite a legacy to be wearing upon your head not to mention a heck of a lot of money!

Honestly, when was the last time you saw such attention to detail and meaning applied to a bridal gown?  I don’t think any of us can remember seeing this.  Maybe it’s because we commoners don’t normally get the opportunity to marry into royalty.  Lately in watching bridal program such as Say Yes To The Dress I’ve been hearing increasingly how brides want “to look sexy” in their wedding gowns.  I’m no prude… have gorgeous hair, make-up done to perfection, but save the sexy for your husband in the honeymoon suite ladies and think more like classical princess elegant!

White Baroque Placecard/Frame

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