Kate $400000 Dress on Display

It’s been three months after Kate and Prince William’s much publicised wedding. Every aspect of the British Royal Wedding, right from the trousseau and the bridal gown to the menu at the reception has been discussed by the media. The Royal wedding has created instant celebrities of the new Duchess of Cambridge, her younger sister Pippa and Sarah Burton, who designed the now famous wedding gown that Kate wore for her walk down the aisle.

The fashion crazy and the brides-to-be have enough reason to scramble for close and detailed look at this news-making wedding gown. For those who desire a closer look at the Royal bridal gown, take heart! The $ 400000 gown and various other items of Kate’s bridal finery are on display starting 25 July. For a nominal fee of USD 29, the following items can be viewed by the public at Buckingham Palace.

Some highlights

  • Kate Middleton's gown designed by Alexander McQueen-.Kate had opted for a fitted bodice with long lace sleeves over a silk gown. The dress had a modest neck and 58 buttons down the back .The gown reminded everyone of Grace Kelly’s classic bridal gown in its understated elegance and style. The dress has lace which was hand stitched by seamstresses at the Royal School of needlework and  details a rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock to represent each nation of the UK
  • The bridal veil made of soft ivory silk tulle and stitched with flowers. The bridal veil was made with English and French Chantilly lace and was 8 feet long.
  • The Cartier diamond earrings which given as a gift by the bride’s parents. The earrings were designed by Robinson Pelham and has an oak leaf shaped stud and an acorn dangle, which are thought to have been inspired by the Middleton coat of Arms.
  • The shoes worn by Kate  Middleton also designed by  Alexander McQueen heels
  • The Cartier diamond tiara loaned to Kate by the Queen. This tiara, made 1936 has over 1000 diamonds embedded.
  • A replica of Kate’s bridal bouquet attributed to Shane Connolly is made with silk flowers of Sweet William, Myrtle, Lily of the valley, and Hyacinth.
  • The eight-tiered wedding cake. The first three layers are replicas (the first two being traditionally reserved for the christening of the couple’s first child) and the third layer has been served to guests at the wedding.

The exhibition is on for 10 weeks and is slated to attract tens of thousands of visitors. The piece de resistance is the $ 400000 gown. The dress is draped on a mannequin and the tiara and veil are suspended over the display. At a recent walkthrough of the exhibition, the Queen appeared displeased and called the display “horrible”. The display of the gown on a headless mannequin in a dimly lit ballroom definitely looks creepy and has drawn negative comments from viewers. Kate Middleton chose to remain diplomatic and has in fact, praised the 3D effect of the exhibit.

A short video with Sarah Burton talking about the creation of the dress and Kate’s participation in the process has also been included in the exhibition, which is scheduled to run till October 3.

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