As if the hysteria of the royal wedding and Kate Middleton’s fashion choices in the royal tour of Canada were not enough, it seems like the Kate mania continues. The Duchess of Cambridge scores another two crowd pleasers, first transforming her memorable wedding dress into London’s main tourist attraction for the summer, and then making yet another fashion statement by reviving one of Princess’ Diana’s favorite sapphire and diamond earrings.
Record crowds, more than half a million people are expected to visit the exhibition entitled The Royal Wedding: A story of great British design, which has already opened to the public and will run until October 3rd. Buckingham Palace’s Ballroom will feature items from the glorious wedding in April, but the main attraction will be the stunning £250,000 Alexander McQueen dress that made history back in April.
The ivory and white satin dress together with the veil and Cartier “Halo” tiara are displayed on a royal mannequin with no head in the dark ballroom, with the only light on it. The dramatic atmoshere have caused a bit of a stir, Queen Elizabeth exclaimed in a private viewing of the exhibition that the ensemble is “dreadful” and “horrid” and “it’s made to look very creepy”, at which the Duchess said it has a “3D effect”.
The dress’s craftmanship realized by The Royal School Of Needlework at Hampton Court can be closely admired, and it is said to be so beautiful that it was not surrounded by glass so that visitors could perfectly see the details.
Other elements of the exhibit feature Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen handmade shoes which now can be admired in full detail, the Queen’s Cartier “Halo” Tiara loaned to the Duchess for the wedding day, the Robinson Pelham diamond earrings – a gift from Kate’s parents, a silk replica of the bouquet and the eight-tiered wedding cake designed by Fiona Cairns which will be displayed in the State dining room. In addition, 19 state rooms, a display of Faberge jewelry, the State Landau carriage and the Rolls-Royce Phantom which transported the royal couple on the wedding day and highlights from the royal wedding are also part of the tour.
Royal family enthusiasts will have to pay a £17.50 ticket, which is about $29 for the audio tour lasting two and a half hours. Unusual setting though, taking into account the theme of the display but I bet it’s worth it, just to see Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.
And if you needed another proof of the Duchess fitting so well into her royal role, recently she reinvented the family’s jewelry by wearing Diana’s favorite sapphire and diamond earrings given to her by Prince William. She already had Lady Di’s engagement ring, but now her fashionista sense modelled the studs into drop earrings, transforming them from vintage into modern. She was seen wearing them several times, last month at Wimbledon and recently in the North American Tour.
Amazing how Kate Middleton manages to reinvent herself and how everything she touches turns into gold. After all, everything she wears is now a matter of interest worldwide. What’s Kate’s next move?