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Kate’s Wedding Dress & Accessories on Exhibit

As many readers are already aware, Kate’s wedding gown is part of a special exhibit this summer at Buckingham Palace.

The exhibit officially opens today. The Duchess and Queen previewed the exhibit on July 20th.

The way the dress and tiara are displayed has caused a bit of a to-do.  Here is more from The Telegraph on Queen Elizabeth’s reaction to the display yesterday:

“The Queen and the Duchess were given a sneak preview of the exhibition, which opens to the public tomorrow.

The monarch led the way and, with her hands clasped behind her back, strode into the Ballroom and stopped about 10 feet from the dress with Kate standing beside her.

As the pair chatted, the pitch of the Queen’s voice raised and she said ”horrible” and then ”horrid”.”

Kate Middleton Queen elizabeth Wedding Gown Exhibit Preview

More from The Telegraph’s story:

It appeared the mannequin’s lack of a head may have perturbed the Queen, who added: ”It’s made to look very creepy.”

Kate countered with her own view and said it had a ”3D effect”.

Another view of HM and the Duchess looking at the exhibit. 

We move on to the exhibit itself, clearly, Sarah Burton’s design for Alexander McQueen is the star of the show. Below, the dress bodice.

More on the dress via The Royal Collection:

“The ivory satin gazar from which the dress is made is backed by white satin gazar which gives the dress its pale ivory colour. The lace appliqué is in a design unique to the wedding dress as it is made from six types of lace including Cluny and Leavers lace…”

I hadn’t realized the level of detailing at the waist on the back of the gown. (If you are counting, there 58 gazar-covered buttons on the dress.) More information from The Royal Collection:

“Once the lace design for each panel was finished it was pinned to lengths of silk tulle which were sent to the Royal School of Needlework to be appliquéd to the tulle by a team of embroiderers. Once completed the appliquéd lace was cut away from the silk tulle and sewn onto the satin gazar by the seamstresses at Alexander McQueen.

A closeup of the lace.

The Cartier Halo tiara. 

Here is a different view in a photo The Jewellery Editor acquired from the Cartier archives.

The Jewellery Editor

The Alexander McQueen shoes are also displayed.

The earrings by Robinson Pelham. 

And a silk replica of Kate’s flowers.

It looks like an amazing exhibit, even if the display strikes some as eerie.  A number of WKW Facebook community members are actually going to see the exhibit, it will be wonderful hearing their reactions.

Kate wore a dress by Joseph for the preview. 

She also had on her Annoushka earrings and her Asprey pendant.


Here are a number of sites that may also be of interest:

  • To see the BBC story with the Queen’s comments on the exhibit, click here.
  • If interested in seeing The Royal Collection site, click here.
  • The Daily Mail‘s story is here.
  • The Telegraph‘s stories are here and here, the photo gallery is here.
  • The Huffington Post story is here.
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Monday 8th of August 2011

The stand should have been more flesh coloured so that you could better see the intricate lace.


Saturday 30th of July 2011

Lovely display... Is it me or is McQueen spelled wrong on the cloth under the shoes?


Saturday 30th of July 2011

It's the McQueen logo. If you look carefully, you'll see the lower-case C is inside the upper-case Q.


Friday 29th of July 2011

Even worse - for the general public to see the dress has been 'protected' by a giant mosquito net suspended from the ceiling so that you cannot properly see it, what with that and the subdued lighting it has the effect of blurring all the wonderful detail in the lace !!!!


Wednesday 27th of July 2011

cant wait to check out the display for myself in person come september! :)


Tuesday 26th of July 2011

A certain friend of mine & fellow WKW devotee is seeing this show next week, hurrah! Until I get her detailed in-person report, I'll be revisiting this point.

Also - don't hate me - but is it wrong that I find those nuptial heels a bit . . . well, dull? I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I don't think those are them. Maybe something a bit more fashion forward hidden beneath that rather traditional (and gorgeously so) dress? Not to worry, however - I remain fully in awe of the rest of the wedding wardrobe.

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