Project Runway Designers Sketch Kate Middleton Wedding Dress
Wouldn’t it be nuts if Katie Middleton wanted a Project Runway alumnus to design her royal wedding dress? Only in our wildest dreams! Yet that didn’t stop Project Runway to ask 52 alumni to sketch out their wedding dress for her. Some of the gowns were standard royal wedding fare, while others looked like they’d be more appropriate on the runway or a burlesque show rather than the future princess of England. Still, it was great checking out the sketches of these designers while discovering what they’ve been up to lately. Unfortunately, Christian Siriano did not participate in this challenge. Click to see my favorites!
Mondo Guerra wanted to design something “over the top” for Kate Middleton. He put her in a larger-than-life ballgown with lavender and periwinkle undertones, flowers running down the bodice, and a black velvet sash. Though this design looks more like a pageant dress than a royal wedding gown, I kind of enjoyed the scrapbook-like sketch.
Daniel Franco designed a crepe silk dress with a bias cut and an 11-foot Chantilly lace train embellished with Swarovski crystal. I love the silhouette of this dress, but I think it shows a little too much skin. Remember, we’re talking about a royal wedding here, so the dress has to be cut a little conservatively.
Kara Saun’s design is also a little inappropriate for the royal wedding but I love it anyway. The color combinations, patterns, and textures is to die for. I’d wear this gown in a heartbeat.
In my opinion, the sketch by Nick Verreos is one of the few that I can really picture Kate Middleton wearing. This ivory silk Mikado column gown has a high bateau neckline with a plunging detail and fit-to-flare silhouette. The waist and neckline are decorated with hand-sewn Swarovski crystals. The dress also comes with an antique Chantilly lace and silk tulle veil, as well as a detachable cascading train. Definitely a gown fit for a princess.
Another design worthy of a royal wedding is Simone LeBlanc’s sketch. Unlike most of the designers, who only seemed to consider their personal tastes, he took into account the historical significance of the wedding and combined this with her youthful energy. The result is a gown with a Victorian lace bodice, kept modern and up-to-date with a v-neck. The dramatic skirt and train will fill the cathedral, yet the fitted high waist will flatter her lean figure.
Carmen Webber’s sketch has to be my favorite illustration in the group, though I’m not too crazy about the dress. She wanted to create a Spring Garden Goddess look, which I think is a little unnecessary since Kate Middleton doesn’t need to feel like one. She is marrying the crown prince of England after all. Not a fan of the cropped shrug either, but the hat looks like something she would wear.
View the rest of the sketches here.