We’ve been wondering for quite some time (or, you know, since April) just exactly how Sarah Burton kept her royal wedding dress duties a secret. We would want to tell everybody! Alas, the Alexander McQueen creative director has a bit more restraint than we do.
Burton told Vogue that the only people who knew about dream client Kate Middleton were her core design team who helped her with the project:
“Because my core team knew, it was okay for me to disappear and then come back, and then disappear again. But I remember other people asking me, ‘Are you coming in on Friday?’ And I’d say, ‘Oh, yeah, see you in the morning’. I’d be scheduling meetings knowing full well I wasn’t going to be there for them.”
The confidentiality agreement she signed with Buckingham Palace meant she couldn’t even tell her parents, who were in the dark until the night before the big day. (They watched the wedding procession on the Mall in London.) She was able to use the Met Gala as an excuse for her increasing absence as the wedding day drew closer, and not a single person (not even Olivier Theyskens) spilled the beans.
“It was so great to actually keep a secret, especially in this day and age when everyone talks about everything,” she explained. “I remember standing in Westminster Abbey thinking, ‘This is unreal’. It was like a fairy tale. And all I could think was, ‘I hope I don’t trip over’. I didn’t realize the enormity of it until much nearer the wedding day. It was a magical experience.”
[via Daily Telegraph]