When you think of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, you may automatically picture the fierce ensembles so often toted by pop princesses like Lady Gaga and Estonian native Kerli, but prominent public figures all over the globe have sported styles from the House of Alexander McQueen, and the new Duchess of Cambridge is no exception.
Kate’s Signature Style
Kate Middleton’s style has always been tailored, sophisticated, and feminine, so when rumors began swirling that she would wear a wedding ensemble designed by the House of Alexander McQueen, the fashion world was buzzing, anxious to see the pieces she chose to wear for the royal wedding.
Commonly seen wearing riding boots, sleek dark jeans, and chic, tailored winter coats, Kate Middleton’s look is always elegant and ladylike. When it was confirmed that her wedding gown and wedding shoes were designed by Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s head designer, everyone was pleasantly surprised when the wedding day look was revealed.
The McQueen Wedding Day Ensemble
Equally as charming and refined as her usual ensemble choices, Kate’s McQueen gown was dripping in French Chantilly and English Cluny lace. Both the gown’s bodice and skirt were handmade with the Carrickmacross lace-making technique from the the Royal School of Needlework. This intricate technique originated from Ireland in the 1820s, and ivory and white satin gazar materials were used to construct the design.
The gown was made with a cornerstone Alexander McQueen design: Victorian narrowed waist and padded hips, a corsetry-inspired look that is evident in many of McQueen’s styles. Shamrocks, daffodils, and roses were among the few designs used to create unique flowers for her ivory silk tulle fabric. To top off her stunning gown, Kate chose custom-made heels designed by Sarah Burton as well.
As drop dead gorgeous as her gown was, it was hard for the press to peel their eyes from it long enough to get a glimpse of the shoes, but they did manage to do it! The heels beautifully complemented her fabulous gown, made with silky satin and hand-embroidered lace to match. Similar to the dress, the lace used to make the shoes was carefully prepared by hand at the Royal School of Needlework in Surrey, UK.
The pattern of the shoes was designed to mimic the same floral pattern on the dress, with delicate lace appliqués over light ivory satin in a nude tone. It’s okay, bridal beauties! Although her heels were custom made, you can find similar pumps from Net-A-Porter.com which are exclusively available for $995. If you want to look and feel like the beautiful Duchess of Cambridge did on the royal wedding day, you will the minute you slip into these breathtaking heels.
Alexander McQueen designs may not be an option for your big day, but they certainly did Kate Middleton’s look justice at the fairy tale wedding we all loved to dream about. Her inspiring ensemble was proof that Alexander McQueen’s usually bold fashion offers versatile, fabulously chic options, even for modest, tailored beauties such as Duchess Kate.