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Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton rumored to be Kate Middleton’s dress designer…or is it Kate Moss??

Posted Mar 06 2011 6:06pm

Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton, who the Sunday Times reports will be Kate Middleton's wedding dress designer (Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP)

Royal wedding dress watchers, take note! The latest wedding dress rumor has Alexander McQueen successor Sarah Burton tipped as Kate Middleton’s dress designer. This comes after months of speculation that Bruce Oldfield–who has designed dresses for Princess Diana, Queen Rania of Jordan, Queen Noor of Jordan, Lady Tamara Grosvenor and Sienna Miller, among many others–would be the lucky couturier.

According to the Sunday Times, Alexander McQueen CEO Jonathan Akeroyd told a colleague that they’d won the commission. Apparently, Kate Middleton liked the dress that Sarah Burton designed for Tom Parker-Bowles’ Harpers & Queen fashion editor wife Sara Buys on her own wedding day.


An Alexander McQueen dress from the spring/summer 2011 collection designed by Sarah Burton (Photo: Getty)

However, as soon as the news hit the papers, the backpedaling started. Sarah Burton herself says, “I am not doing it,” and Jonathan Akeroyd says, “No, not at all. I am the CEO. I would know if we were doing it.” Meanwhile, Clarence House has responded: “We’re not commenting on the specific designer for the dress because Catherine Middleton wishes to keep the designer a secret until the wedding day.”

Obviously, it would be kind of a big, cool deal if Kate Middleton chose Alexander McQueen for her wedding dress. While I personally love her elegant, country-chic sartorial choices, Kate is hardly edgy or fashion-forward!


Kate Moss is marrying The Kills frontman Jamie Hince this summer (Photo: Ben Eade/Goff)

Fashion columnist Hilary Alexander of the Guardian says : ”If the leaked story is true…it is a bold and brilliant decision – not just for British fashion, but for the industry worldwide…However, there is an alternative view. What if the ‘Kate M.’ referred to in the ‘leak’ dropped by a colleague of Burton’s, in fact referred to another ‘Kate M’. Step forward, Kate Moss, who marries in the summer, and whose chosen designer, John Galliano, is currently in rehab?”

The plot thickens! This take by Hilary sounds much more plausible to me. Stay tuned…

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