Daily Archives: April 29, 2011

We all know now that Alexander McQueen’s fortune has been made thanks to the fact their designer, Sarah Burton, was chosen to create the royal wedding dress, but the buck doesn’t stop there. Indeed, there are a number of other brands and sectors that will benefit from having a product in the royal wedding. Starting with:

1. Cartier: the French brand made the tiara that was the subject of much will-she-or-won’t-she speculation pre-wedding, conventional wisdom dictating that a jewelled headpiece would be too old-fashioned an option for the new-fangled bride. Well, lo! She went with tradition, borrowing the “halo” tiara made in 1936 and bought by The Duke of York (later King George VI) for his wife (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother), who then gave it to The Queen for her 18th birthday. Expect a tiara resurgence, and a Cartier spotlight. Read more

Since this is a royal wedding, every little bit of the royal wedding dress actually has symbolic meaning, and roots in different parts of British industry.  Read more

So the answer is in: Sarah Burton did indeed make Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. A major British brand for a new British royal.

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Well, Prince William fooled us all. For weeks, while speculation has roared around his bride, everyone said with great certainty he would wear a RAF uniform by Gieves & Hawkes. But he just appeared in…the red uniform of a Colonel in the Irish Guards.  Read more