Kate Middleton Wedding Dress Designer is Sophie Cranston
Updated April 29 - The Kate Middleton wedding dress designer is Sarah Burton of Alexander Mcqueen.
Looks like Yvonne Yorke was wrong – Sophie Cranston did not design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. The speculation finally came to an end when Kate Middleton stepped out of the vintage Rolls Royce with Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, wearing an ivory royal wedding dress fit for a queen. Read the Kate Middleton wedding dress designer – Sarah Burton of Alexander Mcqueen.
Rumor has it that the highly-anticipated Kate Middleton wedding dress may look something like the lovely gowns above. According to the insider sources of Huffington Post contributor Yvonne Yorke, an emerging designer named Sophie Cranston from the Libélula label won the bid to design and craft the royal wedding dress. While she maintains the possibility that there will be more than one wedding dress made just in case, it’s highly likely that a Sophie Cranston wedding dress will be worn by the princess-to-be as she makes her vows at Westminster Abbey. And if the Royal Wedding cost infographic is correct, this dress cost $41,000 to make.
For those who are unfamiliar with the designer, Sophie Cranston is a protege of Alexander McQueen, who took her in after she won the Designer of the Year Award in 1999 at London’s Graduate Fashion Week. Together with Alice Temperley, she co-created the label Temperly London in 2000, but left shortly a few years later to pursue her passion for flamenco in Andalusia Spain. There, she became inspired to create her own label Libélula, which is the Spanish word for “dragonfly”. Libélula was established in 2002 and is mostly known for figure-flattering dresses in vibrant prints and feminine details. They have a small bridal line as well.
Since its launch, Libélula has grabbed the interest of a loyal and fashion-forward clientele such as Emma Watson. The media first heard of Cranston’s connection to Kate Middleton when she wore a Libélula vintage-inspired black velvet coat designed to a friend’s wedding some time ago. The coat is called the Dulwich coat and is named after Cranston’s South London studio. Yorke reveals that she knew who was designing Kate’s wedding dress four months ago, but kept it quiet according to the palace’s wishes and only gave a subtle clue in a Huffington Post column – the designer is young, British, and relatively unknown.
Why is the Palace going through so much trouble keeping Kate Middleton’s wedding dress designer a big secret anyway? As it turns out, the secrecy is for the protection and privacy of the designer, who needs to work on the dress without the media hounding her and watching her every move. Sophie Cranston probably feels the strain and pressure to create an unforgettable gown that will be immortalized in history and viewed by billions around the world; the last thing she needs is additional distractions and pressure. The designer actually denied creating Kate’s wedding dress in an interview, but it’s expected for designers to deny being involved in the dress’s creation, whether it’s true or not.
In any case, we can’t wait to see what Kate Middleton’s dress will look like tomorrow!