This morning all eyes were on Kate Middleton as she married her Prince William. There was much specualtion about The Dress, and I resisted my impulse to scream, “CALLED IT!” as she appeared on screen. Kate is the epitome of “right time, right place, right hat” style. She is both appropriate and current, elegant and alluring. Her physical beauty is nothing short of breathtaking, so there was hardly a bad choice she could have made. Her gown was made by Sara Burton for Alexander McQueen. The designers’ untimely death last year sent shock waves throughout the fashion world, and her homage to his legacy, coupled with his being from the UK was the perfect representation of Kate’s vision. That balance — current, avante guarde, yet steeped in tradition and regard.
The dress itself was a near replica of the dress Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco wore, with its lace overlay, fit and flare shape, and long sleeves (that’s the part I had predicted….). Only the neckline was different, by about a few inches. That the dress wasn’t remotely in the line of style of Mr. McQueens’ former work hardly mattered. Alexander McQueen, whose retrospective exhibit opened Monday night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, was known for jaw-dropping, sculptural and often outlandish creations. The only tip of the veil I saw to his design aesthetic was the stiff molded corsertry in the bodice of the dress.
Clearly this was a collaboration between bride and Designer. And to the Harper’s Bazaar panelists on the Today Show this morning, who were CLEARLY disappointed in the clean-lined, classic, Kelly-inspired frock, I say this: A woman’s wedding is not a runway. And frankly, if a Princess Bride can’t have her way, who can?