Sarah Burton: I’m Not Designing Kate Middleton’s Dress

In a wide-ranging review of the final collections presented at Paris fashion week, New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn gives short shrift to a piece of news that should be getting international attention in the fashion community: Sarah Burton is not, we repeat not, designing the dress Kate Middleton will wear when she marries Prince William on April 29th.

It’s unfortunate, because a lot of people (including us) were really happy with the idea that Kate would turn into Princess Catherine wearing an Alexander McQueen gown. And we weren’t the only ones — Alexandra Shulman, editor-in-chief of British Vogue, formally recommended McQueen as an option for Kate’s dress, and fashion icon Daphne Guinness and journalist Hilary Alexander both wrote impassioned editorials explaining why McQueen was the right choice for Kate.

Anyway, Horyn starts in on Burton’s latest collection for McQueen, saying that while its use of materials and construction is breathtaking, there’s room for her to cut the clothes in more interesting ways. It’s a fair comment, but then she writes:

In the McQueen showroom, Ms. Burton acknowledged the gap, but suggested that it’s also a question of time. “It’s all baby steps,” she said. (And, no, she said with a quick laugh, McQueen is not making Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.)

Again, we’d think that last bit would merit a little more attention, and perhaps in a subsequent post it will get it. But there you have it — It’s not Burton, and it’s not McQueen. Let the speculation begin anew.

Exit Paris, Winking [The New York Times]

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