Please forgive the smuggery of this post: obviously I’m feeling very pleased with myself for putting the house of Alexander McQueen on my betting list back in November last year, at a time when everyone else was saying not even in the stadium, let alone the car park.
I analysed the choices being talked about, reminded readers that HRH the Duchess of Cambridge’s (then future) step-sister-in-law, the fashion writer Sara Buys, wife of the Duchess of Cornwall’s son Tom Parker-Bowles, was married in a beautiful Alexander McQueen dress, and said “The house’s wedding dresses would be a wonderful choice, suffused as they are with British heritage.” (My final betting list was a) a specialist wedding designer b) Jasper Conran & c) Alexander McQueen).
So many people making wild assumptions about The Dress designer made the most bizarre suggestions (Vera Wang! Armani! Issa!) and the very few that mentioned McQueen discounted the house out of hand, focusing only on the show spectacles and runway pieces, without really looking at the craftsmanship, its exclusive but thriving bridal business making ravishing gowns and, most of all, Alexander McQueen’s (RIP) fascination with the history & craftsmanship of the British Isles which formed the backbone of his work and made the house so very appropriate for a Royal wedding dress.
When The Sunday Times broke its bloody amazing world exclusive on the identity of the dress designer back on 06 March of this year, BBC producers doing Googling found out I was one of the only hacks out there to have mentioned McQueen as a forerunner, and so I put my money where my mouth is and accepted their dozens of invitations to talk on BBC TV & radio about (what I considered to be) the strong possibility of it being McQueen.
It was a professional risk, but both my gut and the fact that not-stupid-at-all Tiffanie Darke, editor of The Sunday Times Style section and an extremely astute journalist, had written a front page leader saying that she & her team 100% believed from direct sources that Sarah Burton to be designing the dress decided it for me.
So, yes, I count myself massively lucky to have fallen on the right side of the very fine line dividing smugly accurate and massive public egg-on-face…
And GOODNESS wasn’t the dress flawless? FLAWLESS. Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen got it exactly right.
Part two coming up shortly.
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