Monday, 2 May 2011

Fit For A Princess

It's been yet another enjoyable 4 day weekend, I tried to use it constructively but have once again ended up building sleep debt, partying, shopping and of course witnessing one of the most beautiful Royal weddings.  I wouldn't necessarily class myself as a royalist but I do enjoy watching the perfection of pomp and ceremony when it comes to the British Royal family. 

Not surprisingly the media has been busy critiquing the outfits worn by the wedding guests and Kate Middleton's 'fit for a princess' wedding gown created by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.  The princess said she chose McQueen for the 'beauty of its craftsmanship' and I couldn't agree more especially as it was also vintage-inspired. 

Take a look at my favourite vintage gowns chosen by royalty

Queen Elizabeth 1947 - Gown designed by Norman Hartnell made of ivory silk

Grace Kelly Princess Consort of Monaco 1956 - Gown designed by Helen Rose - absolutely beautiful

Jaqueline Kennedy 1953 - Gown designed by Anne Lowe

Princess Diana 1981 - Gown designed by David Emanuel

Elizabeth Taylor 1950 - Dress was a gift from MGM studios - an actress blessed with Princess looks

I expect these designers all felt that their own fairytale was brought to life when their gowns were debuted and that's one of the greatest things about fashion - you can build confidence, express yourself and feel like a princess (or prince) whenever you want.  This is something I think Alexander McQueen was doing when creating his amazing gowns and I think he would be very proud of Sarah Burton's beautiful creation for the Duchess of Cambridge. 

I couldn't end this post without taking a look at some the most amazing creative styling I have ever seen from the late Lee Alexander McQueen CBE:

Lace creation worn famously by the wonderful Lady Gaga

From the 2008 Fall collection - Royal blue ballet inspired dress

2009 - Dramatic and demure with great structure

Romantic florals - the detail, colours and design is incredible

Oyster Dress - Famously inspired from a shipwreck




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