One of the most watched weddings in history, Kate Middleton and Prince William’s big day drew in millions of devoted viewers both live and on television.
The royal pair exchanged vows at Westminster Abbey and then travelled to Buckingham Palace for the famous balcony kiss. Here is all the information on Kate’s gorgeous wedding gown, including the price.
Who created the wedding dress for Kate Middleton?
Kate’s stunning outfit was created by British fashion designer Sarah Burton.
She serves as the label’s and Alexander McQueen’s high-end fashion house’s creative director.
The dressmaker and designs were kept a secret until the wedding day, and the designer was only made known when the Duchess got out of the automobile.
There were other candidates, but Sarah Burton quickly established herself as the front-runner, prompting bookies William Hill to halt wagering two weeks before the wedding.
Kate’s bridal shoes were crafted of white duchesse satin and hand-embroidered lace by the Royal School of Needlework. They were created by Sarah Burton for McQueen as well.
In a subsequent interview with The Daily Mail, Sarah was quoted as stating, “We wanted to look to the past, yet look to the future as well.
There were several allusions to Victorian corsetry, as seen by the padded hip and the small, constricted waist, as well as to the arts and crafts movement due to the labor-intensive handwork on the lace of the dress and the bustle that was used to form the rear of the garment.
We aimed to create something that was really beautiful and beautifully crafted, in my opinion.
“A lot of it is in the delicateness of the intricacy, the handmade lace, and the cuts, curves, and folds used in the dress’ construction, but we still had to keep in mind that it was in Westminster Abbey so it still needed to have presence,” the author says.
It was the concept of wearing a clothing with presence, significance in history, and modernity at the same time.
Numerous copies of the dress have been made after the wedding.
What was the price of it?
The dress has long lace sleeves and an ivory satin bodice with lace appliqué with a floral motif.
The skirt, underskirt, and wedding train combined to measure an incredible 8 feet, eight inches in length. The dress’s back included 58 gazar buttons.
It has been alleged that The Royal School of Needlework employees who worked on the outfit were first informed that it was for a TV costume play.
The dress is among the most costly garments ever produced, with an estimated cost of £250,000.
Now where is it?
For the after-party, Kate changed into a second wedding dress that was more comfortable for movement.
From July to October 2011, the actual gown in which she exchanged vows and gained worldwide fame was on display at Buckingham Palace.
The outfit, which was on display as part of the Palace’s yearly summer exhibition, received a record amount of interest.
The show is expected to break attendance records with more than 600,000 visitors, and tickets cost £17.50 apiece.
The Queen was among the several participants who saw the outfit in action at a sneak preview before it was made public, but it seems that she wasn’t really pleased.
In the Palace’s ballroom, which was illuminated by 12 spotlights, the Queen is rumoured to have called the spectacle “awful” and “horrid.” “.
It created a “3D impression,” Kate argued in opposition, according to her own perspective.
After the wildly successful show, it was believed that the garment had been placed in storage.
According to a royal source published by The Telegraph: “Following its exhibition at Buckingham Palace, the garment will be placed in storage in the Royal Collection, as recommended by curators, with the Duchess’ approval.
The dress will be on display once more in the future at an opportune moment since the Duchess is eager to continue promoting the design and the clothing’s showcase of British workmanship.
However, because of its fragility, the clothing cannot be displayed across the globe like a piece of art in order to extend its lifespan.