Kate's wedding dress designer named - again

Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:33pm EDT
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By Jodie Ginsberg

LONDON (Reuters) - Not since Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" has an outfit sparked so much debate.

The design and designer of Kate Middleton's wedding dress has been the subject of endless speculation since Prince William, second in line to the British throne, and his bride-to-be announced their engagement last year.

Veteran designer Bruce Oldfield, Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, Alice Temperley and even Jasper Conran have all been named as possible designers of the gown. And now a relatively unknown designer, Sophie Cranston, is in the frame.

Huffington Post royal correspondent Yvonne York reported that Sophie Cranston of label Libelula has been chosen to design what is already one of the most-talked about dresses of the decade.

Middleton wore a Libelula coat to a friend's wedding earlier this year.

A spokeswoman for the label said it had no comment. The label's web site had gone down by midday on Monday.

If she goes with Cranston, Middleton would be following in the steps of her fiance's late mother, Princess Diana, who chose relatively unknown designer Elizabeth Emanuel to design her dress for her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981.

Emanuel recalled this year that the intense media interest in the dress required strict security measures.   Continued...

<p>A bridal dress designed by Libelula fashion label's founder Sophie Cranston is seen in an undated publicity photo in London. REUTERS/Libelula/handout</p>