The next princess bride exclusive wedding gown. What should Kate Middleton wear to wed Prince William? Top designers' exclusive gown sketches.
Designer Rani Totman loved the idea of a silk satin dress with a dropped waist and fitted bodice for Kate. "It's modern and sexy while still keeping with a traditional bridal look," she says. There are two options for the skirt: one is a silk satin pleated inlay and hand-embroidered overskirt that is scattered with Swarovski crystals. The other is a ruched silk organza skirt that flows into a cathedral train. "Both options would show off Kate's curves and are very luxurious," says the designer.
British designer Alice Temperley wanted to create a wedding dress for Kate that would accentuate her figure, so she started with a fitted bodice that is delicately pleated and shaped around the bust. The ruffled layers and embroidery on the skirt add drama and elegance, but give the overall design a demure, ladylike look. "A long train along with an embellished veil are luxurious and add a 'wow' factor on the all important day," says the designer.
"This dress is very clean and classic—no fuss, just a great fit for Kate's figure," says Vineyard Collection designer Mark Brower of this duchesse satin strapless fit-to-flare gown with detachable asymmetrical wrap. "The shape of the dress is pure and features no embellishments so it really focuses on the bride. The wrap adds a contemporary and current look while giving some coverage so the bride may be more modest and covered during the ceremony.
"I wanted to create something for Kate that was sophisticated yet modern at the same time," says designer Angel Sanchez who has crafted wedding dresses for celebrities like Sandra Bullock and Eva Longoria. For Kate, he sketched this silk trikado trumpet gown with a mock turtleneck, banded bodice, bias-draped ruffle skirt, and sheer lace sleeves. "The neckline and sleeves add a touch of old world sophistication and glamour, much of what Kate embodies in her day-to-day life," he says. "The trumpet silhouette is very sleek and flattering, and the draped ruffle skirt adds a touch of drama.