>> Clarence House has confirmed: Kate Middleton's wedding dress is designed by Sarah Burton by Alexander McQueen. The dress, with its long lace sleeves, sweetheart neckline, and full skirt and train, is earning comparisons to Grace Kelly's wedding dress.
Burton was spotted helping Middleton into her car and adjusting her veil before she headed to the wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey, and then adjusting Middleton's train again before she started walking down the aisle. A team of 60 are rumored to have embroidered the dress, and apparently secret dress meetings were held at Hampton Court Palace.
According to the release, Middleton chose McQueen "for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing. [She] wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work . . . [and] worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress."
Middleton's veil is held in place by a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen and made in 1936. Her earrings, a gift from her parents, are by Robinson Pelman — diamond-set stylised oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop and a pavé set diamond acorn suspended in the center, reflecting the Middleton family's new coat of arms, which includes acorns and oak leaves. And her shoes were handmade by the team at McQueen.
More photos of the dress here.