London fashion buzzing over Kate's dress designer

Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:48am EST
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By Cindy Martin and Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters) - It was on everyone's lips at London Fashion Week: Who will make the dress that transports Kate Middleton from regular gal to real-life royalty?

The paparazzi have camped out on the doorstep of veteran British designer Bruce Oldfield, but some fashion insiders say Middleton may have discovered her own unknown, much like her prince's mother did when the shy Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles at St. Paul's Cathedral three decades ago.

At this week's Burberry show, the Telegraph newspaper's influential Fashion Editor Hilary Alexander said the designer of the dress Middleton will wear when she marries Britain's Prince William on April 29th is likely to be an unknown.

"I think she's got someone she's discovered, like her own secret discovery, and it'll be made in absolutely top secret conditions and we won't know until on the day but I suspect it'll be something beautiful," Alexander said.

Most fashion experts agree that Middleton will most likely choose a British designer, although no specific requirements about home-grown talent are stipulated by Buckingham Palace.

British designers who have been mentioned besides Oldfield include Matthew Williamson, couture wedding dress designer and the bookies' favorite Phillipa Lepley; as well as former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, who has only recently begun to design her own clothes after years of wearing luxury labels.

Speculation around Beckham heightened after it was revealed that she and her soccer player husband David had been invited to the wedding.

The paparazzi have already surrounded Oldfield's shop in London's Knightsbridge since Middleton, her mother and her sister were seen leaving the showroom. According to, Oldfield greeted Middleton himself.   Continued...

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