The secret is out and the world’s most anticipated dress provoked gasps of delight when Catherine Middleton finally showcased the look she picked for the 21st century’s first royal bride. Designed exclusively for Kate – or the Duchess of Cambridge as she is now known, the gown with its beautiful Chantilly lace bodice over ivory and white silk gazar with long sleeves cost many thousands of pounds and is destined to become a style icon and a treasured heirloom, with similarities being drawn between this iconic gown and the wedding gown worn by Grace Kelly. Rumours are that it may be auctioned for charity, but images of it will be around forever.
There can only be one Princess/ Duchess Catherine but modern brides wishing to emulate her wedding day style need look no further than the exquisite collection at Madeline Isaac James, a collection of romantic, beautiful gowns designed to fit and flatter. Natalie Gladman, the designer of this renowned collection, commented today on Kate’s style and choice of dress:
“Kate looked absolutely stunning in her gown, which complemented her perfectly and was entirely fitting for the occasion. Her dress is a timeless classic and will undoubtedly be a benchmark for future brides. As a bridal designer, I understand that the most important element in choosing a bridal gown is that the bride feels utterly spoiled, special and beautiful. Your wedding dress should reflect your personality and individual style while also highlighting your best points. My collections are designed with modern brides in mind, combining a love of vintage styling with contemporary fabrics and finishes such as Swarovski crystal, lace and many different silks including silk satin. We all wish Kate and William very many happy years ahead and look forward to dressing more brides who want to feel like a princess for the day!”
Madeline Isaac-James’ 2012 Collection has been completed after months of sample production based on Natalie’s designs from earlier in the year. Natalie was spot on with her prediction for the royal wedding gown (if you recall, she predicted in November 2010 that Kate would wear a dress that had a lace bodice, sleeves, V-neckline, full skirt and train, box pleats, and would wear a veil and a royal tiara!), and her 2012 Collection looks to be spot on in terms of styling that will exemplify Kate’s understated, elegant and demure look. The Katharina dress from the soon-to-be launched 2012 collection at Madeline Isaac James sums up the beauty of the day (shown here in the Farnborough boutique shop window on the Royal Wedding Day). Made in silk satin and finished with silk organza, the dress embodies romance and love, and, like Kate’s, it is designed to complement the bride’s femininity on her special day, and will undoubtedly be a timeless class for brides wishing to emulate Kate’s style. Watch out for more gowns from the 2012 Collection which are fit for a queen - including the ‘Monaco’ gown (inspired by Grace Kelly’s wedding gown after Natalie’s visit to the Grace Kelly exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum last summer) which bears a spooky resemblence to Kate’s wedding gown!
Explore the whole current collection on www.madelineisaacjames.com and find it at the two gorgeous boutiques in Farnborough and Ashford, or at selected bridal retailers nationwide.