DESIGNERS SKETCH – Their vision for Kate Middleton

Its sure to be the wedding of the century and the big day has finally arrived. Designers will be glued to the TV tomorrow and some are standing, scissors in hand at their cutting tables to start the new trends of this upcoming Wedding year of 2011. I am sure that most custom wedding gowns will have elements of her dress incorporated into them. What we do know is whatever Kate wears it will be elegant and breathtaking.

Valencienne did a little research to find out what other designers envisioned for Kate and here is just some of them

“We designed a ‘blossoming’ dress because we imagined her as a new Botticellian Venus.” — Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, Valentino

Karl Lagerfeld suggests a Chanel take on “the Victorian wedding dress, with a twist — high boots and open in the front.”

“I admire the balance Kate Middleton strikes between elegant and contemporary with her unmistakable style. For her, I had in mind clean lines, soft shapes and classic touches such as the boat neckline and distinctive train.” — Frida Giannini, Gucci

“White tulle veil to floor…satin bodice and cardinal hat…huge silk tulle gown with pinches, like ostrich pores…all embroidery in freshwater pearls — no glitter.” — Ralph Rucci, Chado Ralph Rucci


“Kate is a young beauty about to become a royal. She is very confident and knows her style. This gown has a long train, veil and a touch of embroidery, which adds drama, but the A-line silhouette is simple. It’s regal and sophisticated.” — Reem Acra

“…In Kate I see the natural, radiant and self-confident attitude of today’s girls. For this, I can’t help but think of an embroidered, fluid-silhouette dress in precious fabrics that will help her make an everlasting impression.” — Alberta Ferretti

“We see Kate going completely classic. We love this off-the-shoulder silhouette for her. Her beauty and grace will make any gown look magnificent.” — Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Badgley Mischka

“Something old: Victorian skirt. Something new: patchwork gown. Something borrowed: Queen Elizabeth’s veil. Something red: Elizabethan top, as red was the wedding color until 1900!” —Christian Lacroix

“…The tradition of intricate hand-pieced lacework in the high-necked bodice with elbow-length sleeves, together with the voluminous skirt of a mixture of stiff and soft silk tulle, feels regal, yet poetic.” — Vera Wang

“Kate would look beautiful in a simple, elegant silhouette — a delicate ivory lace bodice and tulle skirt with a blush lace train.” — Tory Burch

“This dress was designed to enhance Kate Middleton’s beauty through precious fabrics. The clean and contemporary lines, never redundant and beyond all specific stylistic periods, give her an eternal image of grace and elegance.” — Angela Missoni

“I love the idea of mixing traditional opulence with a very clean aesthetic for this modern-day princess.” — Jason Wu


“The royal wedding will be magical. Kate’s dress should be a modern mix of the traditional and contemporary.” — Monique Lhuillier

Designers put their heart and soul into designing the perfect gown for their clients. Whether it is for a wedding dress or an evening gown their sketches are an extention of their creativity and imagination. When I designed my gown for Kate I got so excited by the idea and I thought ‘well this may never be worn by Kate Middleton but some lovely bride in Toronto should be able to have it.’ 

When I saw this magnificient gown finished, I was quite proud of it. We did a photo shoot with it to use as our 2011-2012  advertising campaign. Looking at the illustrations and the wonderful photographs my mind went to a crazy place – Buckingham Palace…..I thought why not send it as a wedding present, the drawing. the photographs and a letter to Kate thanking her for this wonderful inspiration and in helping me realize this dress. Although it was created by Valencienne it was her beauty and grace that influenced this creation. A package was beautfully put together with satin ribbon and silk papers in it and it was sent to Buckingham Palace. Today, April 28th 2011, a notice came saying that they had accepted our package and it got past security. So hopefully our sketches will be in the hands of Kate Middleton herself and she can see what a Designer named Kim Ironmonger from Toronto, Canada designed for her …..You never know maybe on Kates first official visit to Canada, she and William may just pop into Valencienne and say hello …….Stop rolling your eyes …….A girl can dream…. Can’t she……………………I bet Catherine Middleton of  Chapel Row, Berkshire never thought she would be marrying a Prince……..