By Emily Borrett.
Following on from yesterday’s drooling over Kate Middleton’s stunning engagement ring, we’ve been thinking about the royal wedding dress – who can forget the dress, designed by the Emanuels, that Princess Di wore for her wedding? The puffs, the frills? The 1980s were a terrible time to let a pair of fashion designers get carried away with the most important wedding dress design of the decade. But we’ve moved on, fashion is infinitely better today and there’s a whole wealth of designers that may be stepping up to design Kate Middleton’s gown for her wedding next year. But who are they?
There’s a reckoning that couture veteran Bruce Oldfield could be in the running – with a portfolio of stunning gowns and a whole array of celebrity fans such as Jerry Hall and Princess Diana herself, perhaps our future Princess will decide to stick with traditional British grandeur for her walk down the aisle.
We’d all like to see Miss Middleton fly the fashion flag for Britain by tying the knot in a wedding dress by Alexander McQueen, but perhaps the much-loved designer’s bridalwear is a little too “out there” for the occasion – still, we can all dream. Similarly, it’s no secret that Kate loves Issa and the fashion house’s feminine, draped collections, but is it too informal for the big day?
Other designers who could be perfect for the job include much-loved Erdem, Valentino, Jenny Packham, Amanda Wakeley and British favourite Alice Temperley. Have a look at the gallery above for our favourite bridalwear from some of these designers, then vote for your favourite below.