It took weeks of experimenting, a tiara from Claire’s, fittings done in the couple’s Wales farmhouse and fake ‘firings’, to create Kate’s stunning wedding look, reveals ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine in its July issue.
Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s royal wedding on April 29 was watched by millions around the globe, but now we know what extraordinary lengths were taken to surprise the world with Kate’s hugely anticipated appearance.
Everyone was buzzing about whether Kate would wear her hair up or down. When Kate stepped out of the Rolls Royce Phantom VI with her gorgeous brunette locks falling perfectly around the Cartier “halo” tiara which Queen Elizabeth lent Kate for the big day, it looked perfect. But the simple yet gorgeous do’ wasn’t something that was thrown together over night. Kate’s hairdresser James Pryce spent weeks practicing the hairstyle and even bought a $11 tiara from Claire’s to recreate the look with Kate several times. Kate had also deliberately chosen the most understated tiara offered by Queen Elizabeth.
“We came up with a unique concept for securing it, we backcombed the top to create a foundation for the tiara to sit around, then did a tiny plait in the middle and sewed it on,” James reveals. “I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”
But that wasn’t the only top secret operation which allowed the royal wedding to go off without a hitch. Kate’s stunning Alexander McQueen gown with the nine-foot-long train was kept under lock and key until the big day. The dress which was designed by Alexander McQueen’s creative director Sarah Burton, was locked in a room on the executive floor of the company offices and seamstresses worked night shifts to make the dress.
The team responsible for the gown complete with a satin bodice, white satin gazar and padded hips, were asked to sign confidentiality agreements. Parts of the dress were made at the Royal School of Needlework, at Hampton Court Palace and embroiderers were told to wash their hands every 30 minutes to keep the lace “pristine.”
Kate kept in touch with Sarah over Skype and the night before the wedding, the dress was transported to the Goring Hotel where Kate was staying and it was “hung on a bust made to Kate’s exact measurements.”
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— Chloe Melas
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