With less than a day to go before the royal wedding, designer Bruce Oldfield, who many fashion industry insiders thought was making Kate Middleton‘s wedding gown, says he won’t be designing the dress.
Oldfield talked to WWD yesterday to say that all of the press and public inquiry about his involvement in the wedding had been flattering, (even if he fueled it by taking advantage of all of the publicity he’s been getting.) And while Oldfield doesn’t know who is designing the dress, he doesn’t want all the stakeholders on Paddy Power to misfire by betting on him in the eleventh hour.
“It has been such a subject of rumor and speculation over the past months, but I am not designing it,” Oldfield said. “We will all know [on Friday] — and I thought I’d duck out of the ‘possibles list’ to give everyone 24 hours to place their final bets! … Catherine will undoubtedly look spectacular. She has a fantastic figure and knows well what suits her. I shall be intrigued to see her choice of design.”
And so will everyone else in the world. The problem is that everyone in the pool of designers who make sense for the royal wedding dress have all denied that they are making it repeatedly, and with Oldfield officially out of the running, there’s really no indication that any one designer is more likely than another (unless of course you’re Olivier Theyskens, who claims to know who’s making the dress). But that won’t stop people from placing bets on Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen (the odds-on favorite), Sophie Cranston of Libelula, Daniella Helayel of Issa, Alice Temperley, Catherine Walker and Phillipa Lepley. Or it could be a complete unknown who just graduated from Central St. Martins. We just don’t know.
Let the speculation begin anew (again!). Who do you think is making the Dress to End All Dresses?