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Ten things I learned at the royal wedding dress exhibition

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  1. Six different types of lace can be seen on the dress.
  2. Four of the lace motifs were chosen to represent the nations of the United Kingdom– rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.
  3. The lace was appliquéd onto the satin gazar fabric by the Royal School of Needlework, an embroidery school that dates back to 1872.
  4. The sewing needles had to be renewed every three hours to ensure they remained sharp enough.
  5. The overall design of the dress was intended, according to designer Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, to ‘look to the past but look forward as well,’ so the bustle echoed a traditional Victorian shape but the corsetry was typical of the house of Alexander McQueen.
  6. The skirt pattern was shaped like an unfolding flower.
  7. Heavy canvas was strategically placed on the ‘petals’ of the skirt to make sure it retained its shape when Catherine walked up the aisle.
  8. The earrings that the Middleton family had commissioned as a gift for their daughter feature a diamond in the shape of an acorn, as seen on the family’s coat of arms.
  9. The Royal wedding cake featured 900 flowers and leaves made out of icing.
  10. Because they didn’t eat the royal wedding cake itself (it’s on show at the exhibition now) the Duke of Cambridge had a chocolate biscuit cake commissioned by McVities, presumably to keep reception guests happy.

The Royal Wedding Dress: A story of Great British Design is open until 3rd October 2011 at the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace. Visit the Royal Collection website for more details and to book tickets.

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4 comments on “Ten things I learned at the royal wedding dress exhibition

  1. Style Souk
    August 18, 2011

    On the day, I thought that Kate (‘Call me Catherine’) looked beautiful and the dress was a sartorial tour-de-force.The official exhibition pictures, however, do a cruel justice – the dress, dirty and lacklustre, almost looks as though it were a Victorian original.

    I’m really hoping to shift my lazy arse and get to the exhibition before October…

    Sarah x

    • blondekatie
      August 19, 2011

      It’s true the photos don’t do it justice, the dress is very impressive to see in the ‘flesh’ as it were at the exhibition, I’d definitely recommend it. I actually enjoyed the whole Buckingham Palace experience a lot more than I thought I would x

  2. Spot on with this write-up, I honestly think this web site needs a great deal more attention.
    I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the info!

  3. Nike Free Run
    June 19, 2013

    Hello there! This article couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this. I’ll send this article to him.
    Pretty sure he’s going to have a very good read. Thank you for sharing!

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