This morning, Mee passed me the link to a site that offered zoomed in views of what has become the most talked about wedding gown of this decade. I took the liberty of capturing some screenshots for my own safekeeping should I ever find the need to refer to her gown
ANYWAY... back to the dress.
First, I loved the fact that there was
an abundance of classy lace.
Lace sleeves and high collar.
Lace all along the bridal skirt and bridal train.
"The lace on the bride's dress details a rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock, and was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace.
The bridal train measures 2m 70cm, and along with the lace, all other fabrics used in the creation of the dress were sourced from and supplied by British companies.
The lace motifs were pinned, "framed up" and applied with stab stitching every 2mm to 3mm around each lace motif.
Workers washed their hands every 30 minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine, and the needles were renewed every three hours, to keep them sharp and clean." [Source]
Next, I loved the way the skirt was designed to fall (and stay!) in neat pleats all around her... even while walking! It looked like Kate could move with ease but her pleats never went out of shape or out position even once! Amazing!
Pleats on her right.
Pleats on her left.
And finally and most interestingly, I loved loved LOVED the layering technique applied to the back of her skirt, all the way down to her 2m 70cm bridal train.
The layering of her skirt from the back of the waist down.
Layering of cloth along the sides of her bridal train.
Layering of cloth along with lace motifs applied with stab stitching.
I'm no Sarah Burton but I must say... the most unique part of this dress to me is its layering technique. It is simply... To. Die. For. *dies* I love it, love it, love it! *gushes* Am not too big on the lace considering its lack of embellishments though. (WHY WEREN'T THERE ANY BEADS, DIAMONDS OR PEARLS??) But still... it's a gorgeous dress nonetheless. Brimming with understated elegance. Very Grace Kelly indeed. Ah, this is one dress I won't be forgetting in a hurry. =)
p/s: If you want to check out the details of her dress for yourself, click here.