All eyes will be on Kate Middleton come the royal wedding Friday — and what she chooses to wear. The gown designer and details have been kept hush-hush, but we asked some designer visionaries to create their ideal look for Middleton on her big day.
“I thought of Kate Middleton as a young, modern royal bride. I designed a dress that’s youthful and very much of our time. It’s made of hundreds of hand-pleated silk-gazar layers — very appropriate for the occasion.” — Rolando Santana (Sketch No. 1)
“This gown suits Kate’s modern sensibility while maintaining the traditional elements needed for a royal ceremony.” — Lela Rose (Sketch No. 2)
“The design features an ivory peau-de-soie ballgown with a fitted draped bodice featuring a bateau illusion neckline of Chantilly lace. The skirt is accented with lace appliqué, embroidery, and pearl and seed beads. For a designer, it’s exciting to create a wedding gown for a true princess with such a modern, chic sense of style. The gown is reflective of Kate’s young, fresh style, with a nod to tradition." — Amsale Aberra, designer of Amsale (Sketch No. 3)
“The gown [I] have envisioned Kate Middleton to wear for the wedding ceremony has a modern, body-conscious silhouette yet captures the elegance and grandeur befitting a royal bride with crystals amidst layers of tulle floating behind her down the aisle. It combines the richness and elegance you expect for a royal wedding, yet has the modern, fresh, light feeling for a young woman of today.” — Anne Bowen (Sketch No .4)