Saturday, April 16, 2011

Kate's Wedding Dress Designer Revealed

The Huffington Post's Yvonne York is reporting that Kate Middleton's wedding dress will be designed by Sophie Cranston. Cranston is a young London designer, who has a label called Libélula (that's Spanish for dragonfly).
According to York, Cranston "won the Designer of the Year Award at London's Graduate Fashion Week in 1999 and then went on to hone her design skills under the tutelage of Alexander McQueen before going into business with Alice Temperley to create the Temperley label in 2000."

Cranston designed the black velvet coat that Kate wore to a wedding in January, and is also responsible for the wedding gown of Piers Morgan's bride (see image below). Her fashion sense is a little bit retro, and employs sumptuous fabrics, clean lines, and intricate details. In perusing her lookbook I was struck by the vibrant colors, use of patterns, and simplicity of cut. Many of her dresses look nearly identical, except in color or fabric, with short floaty cap sleeves, v-necks, a wrapped look, and a very simple silhouette.

There is a small display of 7 bespoke (custom made) wedding dresses on her site, none of which are suitably grand for a royal bride.

So we shall see.

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