Kate’s love affair with lace: Duchess turns to Alexander McQueen, Erdem and Temperley for her favourite on-trend look
22:03 GMT, 7 June 2012
They say once you find a style that suits your shape, you should stick to it – and the Duchess of Cambridge certainly seems to have found a flattering fashion in the form of lace.
The 30-year-old has opted for the delicate fabric on four occasions in little more than a year, winning over style critics every time.
On her wedding day she wowed spectators as she stepped out at Westminster Abbey wearing an intricate Sarah Burton creation for Alexander McQueen, which featured handmade lace applique and floral detailing.
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Indeed, it is abundantly clear that she feels extremely comfortable in lace and on the four occasions she has opted to wear the delicate fabric – most
notably on her wedding day last year – every time she has won over
a legion of admiring fans.
The Alexander McQueen wedding gown designed for The Duchess by Sarah Burton incorporated a bodice of French Chantilly lace and English Cluny lace hand-made at Hampton Court Palace by the Royal School of Needlework.
Kate opted for lace once more to win over the people of Canada on last year's royal tour – wearing the navy lace Cecile dress from London based Canadian born designer Erdem Moralioglu as she arrived in Ottawa. The designer dubbed his 2012 resort line, in which the dress features as 'my brunette collection'.
Alice Temperley the British, Somerset based designer famed for her romantic evening-wear proved the perfect choice for the premier of Steven Spielberg's War
Horse, which Kate attended in January this year, on the day before her thirtieth birthday. Its scalloped neckline and nude underlay beneath the black lace was elegance personified with just a hint of the designer's signature boho aesthetic.
And finally, the pale gold dress, again by Alexander McQueen, which Kate wore to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving service earlier this week at St Paul's Cathedral – its waist cinched with a ribbon fast becoming another trademark for The Duchess as it perfectly emphasises her sylphlike frame – was understated yet regal – a perfect fit.
THE HISTORY OF CHANTILLY LACE
Where it all began: The bodice of the wedding gown Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton created for The Duchess of Cambridge's wedding was fashioned from a mixture of Chantilly and Cluny lace
Chantilly lace is a style
of expensive fabric that originated in France in the 1600s It is
usually woven by hand using spools of silk and typically features
intricate floral designsChantilly lace is
named after the town where it was originally made, Chantilly, located north of Paris in France
Lacemakers in Chantilly were weaving lace by
hand as long ago as the early 1600s, and the silk floral lace that is
considered to be the typical Chantilly style originated in the 1700s
During the 1800s, Chantilly, was an important lace making center, creating
primarily white, black and blonde, or natural colored, lace exporting lace to countries all over the worldThe lace proved popular among fashionable women who used it as a
clothing embellishment for undergarments and shawls
Hand-woven lace was
prized and quite expensive, but less expensive machine-made versions became available later after 184When
woven by hand Chantilly lace is created in the bobbin lace style using
twisted strands of matte silk
The complex, delicate designs are woven
around numerous pins stuck into a pillow following a prearranged
Each thread is wound around a long handled spool called a
bobbin, and some designs can use more than 50 separate bobbinsBobbins help the weaver to manage the multitude of threads and keep them
The silken threads are woven together by twisting and
braiding them in intricate patterns held in place by the pins until
completionThere was even a song named
after Chantilly lace in the 1950s by singer who performed under the name of “The
Nowadays the lace is most commonly used for bridal gowns, wedding veils, and, of course, lingerie
The bodice of Kate's Alexander McQueen wedding gown was fashioned from a
mixture of French Chantilly lace and English Cluny lace
It was handmade by
the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace which worked
closely with McQueen designer Sarah Burton