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Prince William and Kate Middleton's relationship has always been the source of much speculation, but now, eight years after they first got together, the world got the news it had been waiting for: Prince William had proposed. In offering Kate the £28,500 ($45,000) sapphire and diamond engagement ring that once belonged to Princess Diana, Prince William gave nods to his love for his mother and her own inimitable style while also showing the British royals know how to recycle in style. But the question on many minds is, who will be designing Kate's wedding dress that will be referred to for years to come? And what will it look like? asked British wedding dress designers how they would dress Kate and what kind of gown would be suitable for this royal wedding. Here's what they had to say, as well as wedding dresses they think would look great on Britain's princess bride:,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=955852&pid=955851&uts=1290117711

Wedding Dresses for Kate Middleton

"A taffeta cangiante gown with an 'on or off' the shoulder neckline, full skirt and crossover sash with tails is my choice. She would look great in Premiere. I've chosen it for its simple elegance." --Ian Stuart

Wedding Dresses for Kate Middleton

"Kate would look fabulous in a slimmer silhouette that shows off her superb figure whilst maintaining a dignified and appropriate look. Gowns in a style such as 'Charlotte' from our 2011 Starlet Collection are perfect -- combining an on-trend, British vintage inspired look, with tradition and a timeless elegance. She is able to combine traditional elements, as is required of a Royal wardrobe, with youthful, on-trend exuberance -- a great combination!" --Madeleine Isaac-James

Wedding Dresses for Kate Middleton

"Kate is a natural beauty and whatever gown she wears should be an extension of her own personal style. However, any designer commissioned to design a bridal dress for Kate Middleton will also need to take the venue and style of wedding into consideration. The dress will have to be completely English-made and ideally the fabric should also be designed in the UK.

"I favour something like a layered silk tulle, which can be embellished with crystal, beads and perhaps some floral or lace appliqué. Kate has not put a foot wrong in style terms so far and my guess is that whatever gown she chooses will be perfect for her. I think she suits the V neckline, and with her fabulous figure she can carry off any number of skirt shapes from fitted fishtail to fuller A-line. I love that she is wearing Princess Diana's ring and wonder what tiara she will want to wear. I also think Kate should maybe consider wearing two gowns. One for the ceremony and another for the reception." --Johanna Hehir

Wedding Dresses for Kate Middleton

"For Kate, we would create a bespoke dress based on classic regal shapes. Using organic peace silk and organic cotton linings, handmade lace stitched by our highly trained girls at our fair-trade workshop in India, recycled plastic for the boning and recycled vintage net petticoats, Kate's dress would be a sustainable icon for the next generations while still being a couture gown even Princess Di would have coveted." --Lucy Tammam, House of Tammam

Wedding Dresses for Kate Middleton

"Kate Middleton's style is, chic, elegant, young and never tries too hard. For her wedding day, Kate will make a beautiful bride, and I would love to dress her in 'Betsy.' This dress was inspired by my love of art deco, vintage styles and all things feminine. Its soft chiffon skirt, delicate lace and beaded bodice make this gown the perfect choice for Kate; young and fresh but with the timeless elegance a bride like Kate will want. A long veil would look stunning on Kate and complete the look. I design for the bride of today, capturing their style, elegance and personality... Kate is very much a Charlotte Balbier bride." --Charlotte Balbier

Wedding Dresses for Kate Middleton

"Kate has an elegant, refined style which is at the same time modern and fresh. She also has such a gorgeous figure that she would look stunning in anything. I would play to all of these points and design a simple silhouette with sufficient detailing to give it a sense of occasion but not so much as to drown her slight frame.

"I design dresses which reflect the personality of the wearer and make them feel utterly beautiful. Her dress might be traditional and elegant, possibly even demure, but I'm sure she would want a modern twist; a nod to fashion." --Bruce Oldfield

Wedding Dresses for Kate Middleton

"The 'Louvois' dress is the ultimate fairy-tale princess dress. Kate can show sophisticated elegance and simplicity, without being over the top. While the corset emphasises her cleavage, the skirt brings out her tiny waist. The top consists of a corset made from finest Japanese duchesse silk with a delicate lace detail. The skirt is fun, lavish, with lots of layers or silk tulle." --Melanie Potró

Wedding Dresses for Kate Middleton

"There's a difficult balancing act of producing a dress that meets the expectations of a royal wedding but also reflects the personality of a fashion-conscious, intelligent young woman.

"The practicalities of the occasion usually dictate that to match the size and splendour of a venue like Westminster Abbey, the gown will be full-skirted with a cathedral train.

"Though silk would be the first choice for most designers, the particular type is important, as Kate will be sitting in a state carriage for some length of time before walking down the aisle, so creasing is a big consideration. This design has an elegant but flattering crossover lace bodice with enchanting lace inset detailing on the hem." --Sassi Holford

Wedding Dresses for Kate Middleton

"Kate Middleton has a figure to wear any kind of dress. I think she will take her inspiration from the demure styling of Grace Kelly, with a high neck and sleeves, but probably in a plain fabric. She is a true beauty so she does not need much detailing to shine. I think it will all be about the jewels and clean classic lines." --Toby Mentel, designer Justin Alexander

Wedding Dresses for Kate Middleton

"There will be a lot of speculation as to what the chosen designer will make for Kate, but the most important thing will be to hear what Kate wants -- the dress needs to reflect Kate's personal style and personality.

"If we were selected to create the gown, I would sit down with Kate to find out exactly what she imagines her dream wedding gown to be and together we would create something completely incredible for her day. The gown would need to be a complete one off, something incredibly special and unique with the very best fabrics, hand beading and detailing to finish it. It is incredibly important to make the gown fresh and modern but, more over, something timeless -- the images will be referred back to for a long time to come!" --Suzanne Neville

Wedding Dresses for Kate Middleton

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  • Susy

    Sassi Holford has the closest "look" that I think KM will choose. I predict the dress will be simpler and close-fitting but not immodest. It will not be strapless or completely without coverage on her arms. The train will be there but it won't be 20 ft. long. Middleton isn't into beadwork & lace so I don't think there will be a great deal of that.

  • Katie

    The majority of these dresses are hideous. I could not see the future Queen of England wearing a mermaid style dress or anything with lots of cut outs. Too frivolous, too much skin. Nor can I see her wearing something so dumbed down it resembles a nightgown ala King Henry VIII era. I say bring on Vera Wang. I bet she could dress royalty. FYI - I thought Diana's gown was hideous. Sarah Ferguson's was much better. A dress should reflect someone's taste; however, she is moving from commoner to royalty - she needs to project that and embrace her new role in life. A frou frou dress, or something trendy, will not do that.

  • wilma lanier

    I do not believe any of them will do Kate justice. If it has to be an English designer, I honestly think that designer should have a secret meeting with Vera Wang or someone of that stature who designs simple but outstandingly beautiful gown which would meet all the English standards. Kate does not need to look like a matron but the slim, young vital woman she is. It would not show cleavage, necessarily or in any way offend the senses of the matrons of England she seems to need for approval. The gowns shown have been used over and over for non-royals in one way or the other.

  • rentingforanevent


    Started (just started) a new free website for people to post their spare room(s), house during an event that is occuring in their area. Since there are no hotels room left near the Royal Wedding (they were at a 300% mark-up) this is a great oppurtunity for locals to make a little cash and for travelers to have/ find other options for places to stay as they enjoy the event! (Site is new, lets see where it goes!)

  • Alexandra

    The third-most beautiful wedding gown I ever saw was that of Queen Mary, the present Queen's grandmother. White with inset rows of flowers, it was breath-taking. The second-most beauiful wedding gown I ever saw was that of Queen Alexandra, the Queen's great-grandmother. It was similar to Queen Mary's wedding-gown, but much fuller, and had many more flower-rows on it.
    However, the most beautiful wedding gown I've ever seen was that of Canadian singer Celene Dion. Totally spectacular, it was reminiscent of an 18th-century ball-gown. (I remember reading someone saying that Celene should have worn a "regular" wedding gown, and leave dresses like the one she wore to "real" princesses. ( ! ) Unfortunately, Ms. Dion also wore the WORST bridal headpiece I've ever seen, which spoilt the effect of her beautiful gown, considerably for me. So, I earnestly hope that Ms. Middleton, on her way down the aisle, (and on her way to becoming "Princess Catherine"), will look carefully at pictures of these three gowns -- and other, full-skirted, "fairy-tale princess" bridal gowns.....because she is as close to a real-life fairy-tale princess as we are likely to see! At the very least, I hope the skirt will be full and beautiful, the train long and beautiful, that she will wear a veil.....and that her dress, (oh, please let this happen!), will have SLEEVES!!!!!!

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