'Sarah Burton made Kate’s fantasy a reality for everyone': Sarah Jessica Parker sings designer's praises as she is voted one of world’s most influential people by Time magazine
18:32 GMT, 19 April 2012
It has been almost a year since the iconic moment Kate Middleton unveiled her fairytale wedding dress to the world.
But the Alexander McQueen gown continues to make headlines today – propelling designer Sarah Burton to unimaginable heights of fame.
And now Burton, who took over as creative director of the British label in 2010, has been voted one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world – joining the likes of Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton and footballer Lionel Messi.
Grand designs: Sarah Burton has been voted one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world
The 37-year-old is the only fashion designer to make the list.
And singing her praises for the magazine is Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker, who has been a fan of the label for many years.
Parker labeled the Royal Wedding job as a 'burden and privilege' and commended Burton for creating a dress that 'lived up to an impossible dream.'
The actress wrote: 'She is a young woman who shouldered an enormous burden and privilege with dignity, heart and strength.
Moment of a lifetime: Burton designed the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress, now an iconic gown with a place in fashion history
Sarah Jessica Parker, pictured with Alexander Lee McQueen in 2006, has been a fan of the label for years
'And she did the undoable. A royal wedding dress that could never live up to the impossible dream. But it did.
'The whole world gasped in astonishment and sighed in reverie as she made
one young woman's fantasy a reality for everyone.
'She is now, at 37, a designer the elder statesmen of fashion marvel at, who is spoken of as the real thing.
Parker went on to praise Burton's low-key character.
'But you have to restrain her to make her hear that. She is busy working and never intended to find herself spoken of in headlines or chatter.
'She never imagined photo shoots or interviews.
'She thinks about women and art and stories, weaves her tale into the future of fashion.
the runway she is inspired. And she creates the most beautiful and
complex layers and simple, perfect lines. And a waist. Keeping up the
'Lee would be so proud.'
Burton's confidentiality agreement from
Buckingham Palace prevented her from revealing details of the dress ahead of the
Royal couple's wedding eve.
Burton's challenge was long and drawn
She told Vogue: 'I remember standing in Westminster
Abbey thinking, “This is unreal”.
'It was like a fairy tale. And all I
could think was, “I hope I don't trip over”.
'I didn't realise the
enormity of it until much nearer the wedding day. It was a magical
Big secret: Sarah Burton said she designed wedding-dress style for her Spring/Summer 2011 gowns to throw people off