Kate Middleton wore a stunning Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen knee length beige lace dress for her visit to St Pauls cathedreal today to join members of the Royal family and the Queen in prayers of celebration for the Diamond Jubilee. Her matching hat was by Jane Taylor and shoes most likely from LK Bennet will up date.
She wore an Alexander McQueen coat to last night’s concert and McQueen again on the flotilla on Saturday scoring a ‘hat trick’ for both Burton and McQueen. Burton is a 36 year old who was born in Manchester and began working for McQueen in 1996. She was in her final year at Central St. Martins which happens to be McQueen’s alma mater and a hotbed for top designers including the disgraced fashionista John Gallaino. She was appointed head of women’s wear design in 2000, and was working closely with the designer right up until his untimely death by suicide, in February last year. Burton presented the McQueen womenswear collection shortly after his suicide during Paris Fashion Week, gaining worldwide praise for infusing her mentor’s unique style with a newfound femininity.
It is thought her designs caught Miss Middleton’s eye when she produced an off-the-shoulder wedding dress for Sara Buys, the fashion journalist who married Camilla’s son, Tom Parker Bowles, in 2005.Sarah Burton is already a top celebrity designer. She created the billowing red and black poppy dress seen on First Lady Michelle Obama at a state dinner. Burton appears as number 35 on the list this year.
Jane Taylor launched her first collection in her beautiful design studio in Fulham selling to private clients and dressing women for the Henley Regatta and Ascot. Jane Taylor quickly established herself as the go-to milliner.
Taking inspiration from taxidermy, antiques prints and couture designs; Jane Taylor’s millinery is truly distinctive. Working closely alongside her clients, Jane has a devoted following of high-profile clients and members of the royal family. Having trained under the Queen’s milliner Marie O’Regan, and worked with Bruce Oldfield to create tailor-made pieces, Jane Taylor has rapidly caught the attention of the British press.
Each piece is individually hand-crafted using an extravagant array of delicate feathers, highly sought after silks, distinctive pearls and Swarovski crystals. The three collections including Bespoke, Bridal and Ready-to-Wear, all hold a highly unique and contemporary feel, that is dramatic and theatrical.