We won’t know all the details about Kate Middleton’s wedding to Prince William until April 29, 2011, but some people are already betting (literally betting, and hundreds of dollars at that) that designer Bruce Oldfield will create Kate’s wedding dress.
In fact, WWD reported this morning that Paddy Power, an Irish bookmaker hosting bets on everything royal wedding related, had to shut down betting on Kate’s dress designer because of a “flurry of big-stake bets” on Oldfield.
“We saw this pattern of royal wagers with the venue and the date and they both proved correct,” said Darren Haines, a spokesman for Paddy Power. “Although we didn’t expect a betting plunge on the dress designer to happen quite so soon, when the stakes changed from fivers and tenners to hundreds of pounds, it appears as though the cat is out of the bag.”
Oldfield has designed for everyone from Queen Rania of Jordan to Samantha Cameron, wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron, but he’s probably best known for designing truckloads of gorgeous gowns for Princess Diana. Also in his favor? He just opened a shiny new bridal couture showroom in London, and his custom dresses command pretty princely prices (the things start at $5,500).
Of course, neither Middleton nor Oldfield will say whether he’ll actually make the dress. Although, about a month ago, the designer got pretty cocky when he heard about the engagement, saying, “If I was lucky enough to be asked, I’d be delighted. I’m already dressing her peers.” Emphasis, for the sake of proving how sure he is of himself, ours.
Has Kate Middleton Chosen Oldfield? [WWD (Subscription Required)]