Friday, July 22, 2011
Fit For a Museum: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton Custom Wedding Gown, Buckingham Palace ExhibitToday, a new Exhibition was unveiled in London---in Buckingham Palace no less. I was just in London several weeks back and both my NIKOLAKI partner, David Paul and I went by Buckingham Palace and saw that they were setting up for this--and we were going to visit the museum--however, it had closed just as we arrived.
White Gloved Train: Caroline de Guitaut, curator of the display, lays out the train of Catherine Duchess of Cambridge's Wedding GownWell, good thing, because we wouldn't have seen the now iconic Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen Wedding Gown that Catherine Duchess of Cambridge wore to "The Royal Wedding of the Year" back on the 29th of April! Today was the "Unveiling" of the exhibit, and naturally, Catherine as well as her Grandmother-in-Law, Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, were there to witness it all. she exclaimed (as she saw the exhibit of the gown on a headless mannequin): "Horrid, isn't it? Horrid and dreadful!" The Queen is known for having a "wicked" sense of humor...Love that!
Detail Shot: Catherine Duchess of Cambridge Wedding Gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Buckingham Palace ExhibitThe Exhibition--which opens tomorrow (Saturday), includes the aforementioned wedding gown, which the bride wore when she married Prince William at Westminster Abbey (we passed by there as well!!), as well as the earrings... The shoes--also from the House of Alexander McQueen, were lace covered pumps (we barely saw them on TV during the wedding ceremony!) and have 3-4 inch high heels. Good to know. By the way, Catherine's waist size "Small", is all the curator would divulge. Yeah, I get that! The Tiara she wore during the ceremony. This is the Cartier "Halo" Tiara that Queen Elizabeth received from her mother on her 18th Birthday. The Queen Mother had been given this Tiara as a gift from her husband, in 1936, the then-Duke of York. The Bouquet: There is also an artificial version of her flower bouquet, designed by Shane Connolly and inspired by the favorite flowers of the Royal Family--as well as the Middleton's. And of course, even a copy of The Wedding Cake is on display, which was a creation from the very posh-and sought after Fiona Cairns, Luxury Baking Queen! The Exhibition begins TOMORROW, July 23rd. Click HERE for Ticket and Info.