Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton is understood to be designing Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, although the label has denied the claims.
The Sunday Times confidently reported on its first three pages that McQueen chief executive Jonathan Akeroyd told a colleague that Burton had been commissioned to design the dress.
However, both Akeroyd and Burton have categorically denied the claims. Akeroyd told the Sunday Times: “I am the CEO. I would know if we were doing it.”
Burton added: “I am not doing it”.
Clarence House also responded with a statement which said: “We’re not commenting on the specific designer for the dress because Catherine Middleton wishes to keep the designer a secret until the wedding day.”
Since the wedding was announced in November speculation surrounding the designer of the prestigious dress has been mounting with other names such as Bruce Oldfield and Alice Temperley previously being suggested.
Burton, who was Lee Alexander McQueen’s successor after his death last year, has recently designed dresses for other public figures, including a red poppy print ballgown for Michelle Obama. She also designed the strapless wedding gown worn by fashion journalist Sarah Buys for her 2005 wedding to Tom Parker Bowles, the son of the Duchess of Cornwall.
If the McQueen label were to design Middleton’s dress it could be quite a departure for the bride-to-be. McQueen’s extravagant designs deviate from Middleton’s traditionally reserved and refined dress sense.
Middleton favoured a blue Issa dress to announce her engagement to Prince William, which was then interpreted by retailers including Tesco and Peacocks who spun off Issa inspired dresses for just £16 and £14 respectively. The Tesco version sold out online an hour after it went on sale.
Bookmakers are offering odds on the colour of the dress and length of the train. William Hill is offering odds of 8/13 that the dress will be ivory, 5/2 that it will be white, odds of 4/1 that it will be cream and 100/1 that it will be red, white and blue. Paddy Power is offering odds of 6/4 that her train will be less than two metres.