Does Kate Middleton's wedding gown deserve its own Wikipedia page Website editors bicker over 'frankly trivial' entry
16:43 GMT, 17 July 2012
Kate Middleton's wedding gown is no doubt one of the most iconic articles of clothing of our time.
But is it important enough to warrant its own Wikipedia page
According to many of the online encyclopaedia's editors, who have recently taken to the site's Talk page to advocate the article's removal, the Alexander McQueen gown, designed by Sarah Burton, is a 'frankly trivial' entry and 'surely not notable enough to be on Wikipedia'.
Worthy Kate Middleton's wedding gown (above), designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, is the subject of debate among Wikipedia editors. Some believe the dress does not deserve its own page entry
Blushing bride: The gown, and its designer, were kept a secret right up until the royal couple's wedding day
One of the disapproving editors, who are members of the public authorised by the site to alter a page's information, wrote: 'The sheer presence of this article is one of the lowest points ever reached by Wikipedia!'
The editor, who goes by the name Attilios, continued: 'What amazes me is that there's acculturated people
(since the article was well written) who has such interests, and free time to
lose to devoted themselves for such totally irrelevant arguments.'
Iconic: The Duchess, who married Prince William in April of last year, was widely praised for her choice in gown
Another editor, tagged Alensha, wrote in the page's Talk section: 'Will there be an article on her shoes, too'
One other editor wrote: 'The fact that this article even exists is an slight indicator of Wiki admins slacking.'
Despite such criticism, Wikipedia
co-founder Jimmy Wales said last week at the annual Wikimania conference
in Washington, D.C. that he approved of the page.
Although the gown was flagged for
deletion right from the day the Duchess Of Cambridge wore it last April,
Mr Wales said the dress should stay due to its long-term effect on
fashion, according to Slate.com.
Informative: The website's co-founder, Jimmy Wales, believes the page should stay up despite criticism
His decision will come as welcome news to fashion followers and royal watchers alike, says pop culture expert Eloise Parker.
She told MailOnline: 'Kate's
gown was the most hotly anticipated wedding dress in history thanks to
social media, and it's historical value and influence on the fashion
industry shouldn't be underestimated.
'Fashion may seem frivolous but its an industry worth billions and wedding attire is a significant portion of that business.
Popular: The gown drew a record number of visitors to Buckingham Palace when it went on show last year. It attracted more than 600,000 people
'Everyone from fashion students and designers to brides-to-be and
those interested in royal history would surely welcome a Wikipedia page
dedicated to Kate's wedding dress.'
He added that the site should have more pages dedicated to other iconic dresses.
Of course, the gown itself was a triumphant hit among the fashion set, not to mention the general public.
More than 600,000 members of the public
passed through the doors of the Queen’s London residence last year, where the dress went on display.
It set a record number of visitors to the palace, smashing the 420,000 record that was set in 1994.
Other Wikipedia editors agree that the dress should remain on the site in its own right.
One by the name of Eric Cable wrote:
'Are you suggesting this article should not exist That it does not meet
notability standards That is absurd.
continued: 'This dress will be remembered for decades. It will
influence wedding dress designs for [a] long, long time, not unlike the
fact that brides wear white today because Queen Victoria wore white…
almost 200 years ago. This is an interesting, well-written, and
The debate comes as the number of Wikipedia editors and administrators continues to decline.
The same Wikimania conference last week shed light on the dropping number of page editors, which is far less than the impressive figures seen during the site's 'heyday' in 2007.
A DRESS TO IMPRESS: WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT KATE'S WEDDING GOWN
Perfection: The Duchess' gown attracted high praise
Gasps of delight were heard around the world when the Duchess Of Cambridge stepped out to reveal her ivory and satin Alexander McQueen wedding gown, designed by Sarah Burton.
The intricate lace appliqu bodice and sleeves
of the gown mirror those on the wedding gown of Grace Kelly,
who became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Ranier III, Prince of Monaco, in 1956.
It boasted a high-waisted, full-skirted silhouette with a long,
dramatic train, which was worn with the sheerest of veils and a diamond
The Duchess was heavily involved in the dress design. And while she regularly divides
opinion with her restrained wardrobe choices, her wedding gown was a
resounding success, remaining true to her demure sense of style.
workmanship saw individual flowers cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a
unique and organic design – which incorporates the rose, thistle,
daffodil and shamrock.
The matching shoes were also hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen
and were made of ivory duchesse satin with lace embroidery.
It was given a tick of approval from even the toughest of style critics.
Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld
commented on the gown's Fifties influence, likening it to the wedding
gown of William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and Hollywood royalty
He said: 'Alexander McQueen's dresses are always very elegant.
very pretty, and relatively classic, but that goes with the decor, with
a little touch of the 1950s that recalls Marilyn Monroe or Queen
Comparisons: The Duchess' gown was compared to past elegant choices, such as the dress worn by Grace Kelly when she married the Prince Of Monaco in 1956 (left) and the one worn by Queen Elizabeth (right) in 1947
'The lace is pretty, especially the
embroidered veil and the tiara not too high, without too heavy a bun.
It's ravishing and the length of the train is perfect.'
'I like the dress very much, simpler than expected: a combination just
in between 1956 Grace Kelly and 1947 Queen Elizabeth dress. I love the
modest veil with the Queen Mother's Thirties scroll tiara and balanced
volume of the whole gown. She's radiant; she never was so beautiful.'