It is arguably the most anticipated dress of the year – and Pippa Middleton’s bespoke white, lace wedding gown didn’t disappoint.
As the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge stepped down from the open-top vintage car on front of St Mark’s Church, she flashed onlookers a brief, demure smile before allowing a glimpse of the gown that has had the world speculating for months.
Crafted from white lace, with a high neck and capped sleeves, the dress featured a corseted, nipped-in waist, a heart-shaped cut-out at the back and a dramatic, full skirt.
Rumours have been circulating for months that the dress was the creation of Giles Deacon, and last night the British designer finally confirmed the news.
Pippa also wore a veil by iconic British milliner Stephen Jones, a tiara by Robinson Pelham and ivory satin heels by Manolo Blahnik.
Deacon, who once said that his designs will always be a “little bit sideways” and “quirky”, has been described as a true British eccentric.
He told Business Of Fashion last night that his inspiration for Pippa’s dress was the dancing scene in the 1963 film “The Leopard”.
“There’s incredible movement… I know they were all hoop crinolines in the film, but there’s something gorgeous about having that great movement, with the skirt spinning round, keeping its shape.”
Deacon employs a team of 15-20 in his London couture atelier, but was tight-lipped about the process of creating Pippa’s dress, saying just: “I do a hell of a lot of research into every client commission…She has a great eye, she knew what she wanted.”