Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton has kept mum about her experience creating the Royal Wedding gown...until now! More than three years after Kate Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge, Burton has broken her silence and dished about creating the iconic look with T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
Of her decision to remain quiet, Burton says "I know we live in a culture obsessed with fame, but I happen to believe privacy is a virtue, and the relationship I have with my clients is private." She continued, "Some people like to think I've been too shy or that I'm afraid to speak up about the happy experience I had creating the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress, but I can tell you that is nonsense. I have never been a shrinking violet or a person who is ruled by fear."
She went on to describe the experience as "happy" overall and gave the glossy all the details of the expert craftsmanship that went into designing the historic number. On that special day in April 2011, Kate Middleton seemed to float down the aisle in the long, lace-sleeve stunner that featured a v-neckline, traditional lace veil, and an unforgettable train.
Burton loved creating the dress and has developed a friendship with the Duchess in the years since designing it. "I loved making the dress, I loved adapting my ideas to suit the person and the occasion, and we put our hearts into it. "I respect the intimate nature of that lovely project and I respect the friendships that were forged during it... an instinctive, intelligent, imaginative young woman's wish for a beautiful wedding dress — or any kind of dress — is the most natural thing in the world.
I was honored to pick up the challenge and always will be."
Though the gown immediately became the talk of the town and inspired hundreds of look-a-like numbers, Burton wasn't sure of its possible popularity until the night before: "I had no idea it would be as big as it was. Only the night before, seeing all the photographers outside the abbey, did I think, 'Oh, my God. This is massive.'"
Next up for the Duchess of Cambridge is a two-day tour of Malta, as reported by Us Weekly. She will be leaving both of her Princes behind, arriving on the island nation on Saturday, September 20th, where she will be meeting and staying with President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, as well as meeting with the Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat and a slew of other events.