Ten things I learned at the royal wedding dress exhibition
The Royal Collection ©2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
- Six different types of lace can be seen on the dress.
- Four of the lace motifs were chosen to represent the nations of the United Kingdom– rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.
- The lace was appliquéd onto the satin gazar fabric by the Royal School of Needlework, an embroidery school that dates back to 1872.
- The sewing needles had to be renewed every three hours to ensure they remained sharp enough.
- 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.
- The skirt pattern was shaped like an unfolding flower.
- Heavy canvas was strategically placed on the ‘petals’ of the skirt to make sure it retained its shape when Catherine walked up the aisle.
- 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.
- The Royal wedding cake featured 900 flowers and leaves made out of icing.
- 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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