Choosing a wedding dress is a very personal thing — unless, of course, you’re about to marry the man who will one day be your country’s king. It’s been reported that Buckingham Palace reached out to several style influencers in Britain for expert advice on who should design Kate Middleton‘s wedding dress. And while no one knows for sure who the queen-to-be will wear when she walks down the aisle to marry Prince William in April, we do know that Alexander McQueen‘s name was thrown into the ring by British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Shulman was one of a coterie of British fashion editors and stylists who were called upon to recommend a dress designer. Shulman is said to have suggested that Sarah Burton, who took over for McQueen after his suicide last year, should make the dress. British fashion people tend to agree. Columnist Hilary Alexander wrote that a McQueen dress would be a “bold and brilliant decision” for Middleton. We here at Styleite reported on the rumors that McQueen CEO Jonathan Akeroyd told a colleague that Burton would be designing the dress over the weekend. Akeroyd has denied that accusation.
Similarly, the public relations teams at both British Vogue and Buckingham Palace aren’t saying whether any such recommendation has been made — or whether that recommendation has been followed. Vogue has admitted that it had a private conversation with the Palace — but that conversation will stay private, thank you very much.
We would and wouldn’t be surprised if Middleton chose McQueen. She is said to have loved the dress Sarah Burton designed for her distant cousin Sara Buys wore when she married Tom Parker Bowles, son of the Duchess of Cornwall. Also, the McQueen label is a point of national pride in Britain — and why wouldn’t it be? It’s produced some of the most forward-thinking clothes and runway shows of the last two decades.
But does McQueen, for all its beauty and dark glamour, stand up to the fairy tale aspect of this story? We can’t see the label’s affinity for ghastly allusions and, well, skulls sitting well with Queen Elizabeth, even if she did make McQueen a Commander of the British Empire. We think Burton would make a stunning dress for Middleton, but whether she’ll actually get to do that remains to be seen.
Vogue editor ‘recommended McQueen dress’ [The Daily Telegraph]