The fashion industry and the world is on tenterhooks to see who queen-in-waiting Kate Middleton will pick to create her bridal dress which will be seen by millions at her wedding to Prince William next year.
Middleton will become a key style icon following the announcement of her engagement yesterday and all eyes will be on which designer she backs for the wedding with the dress set to make waves and the chosen designer set for global stardom.
Middleton, who once sashayed down a catwalk in a see-through dress for a charity show which Prince William paid £200 to see, has been pictured in an array of clothing, from daring mini dresses and knee high boots to demure suits, since her relationship with Prince William began in 2003.
However, Middleton’s choice of wedding dress for the event, set for spring or summer 2011, will make a strong style statement and kick of a flurry of trends.
The wedding is set to be one of the most watched events of the year and Middleton’s style choices will be scrutinised closely as she becomes one of the world’s most photographed women.
British Fashion Council chief executive Caroline Rush said: “Kate is, and we hope will continue to be, a great showcase for British talent. She will undoubtedly forge strong relationships with many of them as her royal role increases.
“The designer she enlists to make her wedding dress will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have their work seen by millions of people.”
Fashion pundits have placed their bets on a British designer creating the dress. Frontrunners include Stewart Parvin, who has a royal warrant, or Phillipa Lepley, who dresses Sloaney brides, Amanda Wakeley, whose glamourous creations are a favourite among high-profile brides, or Bruce Oldfield, a favourite of Prince William’s late mother Princess Diana.
Middleton has favoured Brazilian designer Issa for the past five years and has worn her designs to key occasions.
Some in the industry favour a more flamboyant choice of dress from a British designer such as Dame Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney or Marchesa.