Kate Middleton Wedding Dress and Its Influence on Bridal Fashion


The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton took place at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. It was the most anticipated wedding of that year. The world was enraptured when Kate Middleton stepped out of the wedding car wearing Alexander McQueen dress. It was a perfect gown for the royal bride. A whole five years have passed, but the particulars of Kate Middleton wedding dress are still part of the bride-to-be discussions.

Kate Middleton’s Wedding Gown

Sarah Burton was the designer of the elegant dress which perfectly highlighted the petite figure of Kate Middleton. The main body of the gown was made from white and ivory satin gazar, with a full-length skirt designed in the way to resemble an opening flower. The effect was produced through the soft pleats that are unfolded in a downward fashion, finishing in a short 90-ft (110 inches) train. The gown had a very fine lace appliqué bodice with a V-neck and long sleeves.

The bodice was designed using a technique called Carrickmacross which was originated in Ireland in the 1820s. This technique involves lace appliqué of hand cut flowers. The detailing on the bodice symbolized the various nations of the United Kingdom. The lace appliqué was handmade by the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton.

The hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace were used on the hem of the skirt as well as on the underskirt trim and the train of the gown. Fifty-eight buttons were present on the back covered by gazar and organza. These buttons were fastened with the help of Rouleau loops. An ivory colored silk tulle veil was made to complement the dress, which was also trimmed with hand-embroidered flowers.

Sarah Burton clearly gave her best for the royal wedding. A trend was created when Kate Middleton walked down the aisle in that wedding gown.

Influence on Bridal Fashion

Nearly five years later the key style elements picked from Kate Middleton’s wedding gown are laces, long sleeves, sweetheart bodice with V-necks, long veils, and hefty trains. Many celebrities like Allison Williams, Geri Halliwell and Nicky Hilton have worn Kate Middleton-inspired gowns on their big day.


Kate’s wedding attire incorporated lace in a very delicate manner, which seemed modern as well as royal. The use of lace on that particular gown brought back the lace trend in the bridal markets.


Long Sleeves

The strapless gowns are now out of fashion owing to Kate Middleton wedding dress. One of the reasons for the increased use of long sleeves is that there are more chances to design and embellish long-sleeved gown in comparison to the strapless ones. Another reason they have been adopted is that long sleeves balance out the short dresses in a very effective manner.


Sweetheart Bodice with V-neck

Who would have thought that Kate Middleton's wearing of a sweetheart bodice with a plunging neckline would have such an effect on the bridal trends? But this seems to be the case here because plunging V-necks with sweetheart bodice are now in on the ramps and aisles.


Long Veils

Veils were somehow beginning to diminish from the bridal fashion until Kate Middleton wore a multilayered lace trimmed veil. They are now back with a bang, and the crowds are slowly leaning towards fine veils with delicate trimmings on the edges.



Before the royal wedding, girls were opting more and more for short or tea length dresses for their wedding because trains were being thought of as cumbersome and unwieldy, but Kate's entrance in the gown with the cathedral length train has changed the minds of many. Brides-to-bes now want to be seen with bridesmaids carrying their trains.

Inspirations from Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress

Many of Kate Middleton-inspired dresses are still designed and sold. Here is a list of a few of those.

Monique Lhuillier, Keepsake

Monique’s hand tufted ball gown is reminiscent of Kate Middleton’s dress through the sweetheart bodice draped over with embellished tulle. The gown has ¾ length sleeves, a long train and star embroidered veil.


Claire Pettibone, Mademoiselle

This one is a floor length linen gown with a sweetheart bodice that sticks to the body to show off the curves. The gown has a point d’spirit lace overlay with full sleeves.


Jim Hjelm, Style No. 8211

This dress is the perfect modified version of the Kate Middleton wedding dress, with champagne charmeuse A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline complemented by Ivory Alencon lace over. It has three-quarter sleeves and a deep V-neckline.


Romona Keveza, L249

Ramona designed the perfect A-line dress that has full sleeves decorated with flowery lace and a laced V-neckline. The dress perfectly hugs all the curves of body and expands from the waist. The cherry on the cake is the lace trimmed veil.


Oscar de la Renta, Julia

This unique fish style gown has a sweetheart bodice with an illusion of laced boat neckline. The gown is accented by laced full sleeves and a sweep train at the back. The organza hem of the gown has appliqué detailing.


Priscilla of Boston

This princess style dress has a silk bodice with an organza skirt. The dress is accented by a laced jacket with beaded design while the full sleeves have scalloped edges. The dress has a short train at the back with lace detailing on the hem. This is one of the ideal modifications to the Kate Middleton wedding dress.


Another Priscilla of Boston

This is an ivory colored silk satin ball gown incorporating a pleated sweetheart bodice with a flowy skirt and net illusion with boat neckline. The neckline and the full sleeves are beaded along the edges.


Anne Barge, Anniston

This is a traditional white silk-satin A-line ball gown. The skirt has a wide border of ivory Alencon lace while the bodice is fitted with a laced jacket with a cream colored silk organza belt at the waist.


Monique Lhuillier, Moment

The 2nd Monique design has a trumpet style with a portrait neckline, three-quarter lace and tulle sleeves, a horsehair sash at the waist and layered tulle skirt. Furthermore, the dress is fully embellished with white floral lace.


Rivini, Simonetta

Rivini’s fawn colored floor length gown has a black and amber crystal belt with lace covered overlay. The overlay has a boat neck and ¾ length sleeves.