Kate Middleton wears the late Lady Diana‘s 18 carat diamond and sapphire engagement ring, and had her official engagement portraits shot by Mario Testino, who photographed the late Princess of Wales before her death.
Now, Kate is following in Diana’s footsteps once again. Rumour has it she’s considering choosing a little known designer to create her dress when she weds Prince William on April 29, 2011. Lady Diana’s wedding dress was designed by then-obscure designers David and Elizabeth Emmanuel.
When the name is officially announced, it will come as a surprise to many, and catapult the designer to worldwide fame, royal correspondant Yvonne Yorke told the Huffington Post. For clues on the identity, I suggest looking at those who have made dresses for Catherine, her sister Pippa, and her mother Carole.
Odds were previously stacked in Bruce Oldfield’s favour as the longtime designer for the Royal family. So much so that some bookies, who had been taking bets on who would design Kate’s wedding dress, stopped taking bets at the end of November. Even some designers, namely Ben de Lisi, had publicly banked on Oldfield.
But Kate has reportedly ruled him out already, says British Vogue.
So who will be the lucky clothier? WWD invited fashion giants like Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix and Valentino to sketch their interpretations of Kate’s future wedding dress.
British Vogue released a list of designers to watch for like Alice Temperly, Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Oscar de la Renta, to name a few.
I’m a fan of Temperly, McQueen and de la Renta myself, but Valentino’s (see main image) and Gucci’s sketches for WWD were absolutely stunning.
Who do you think Kate will choose?