Catherine Middleton stunned the world in a thoroughly modern wedding gown that still managed to incorporate all the necessary traditions of a royal wedding. She also kept with the tradition of “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.”
She chose to tweak the “something old” in her choice of lace. The late Diana, Princess of Wales wore actual antique lace on her gown as her “something old.” Although the actual lace on her gown was new, Miss Middleton chose a lace technique that dates back to the 1800s. The lace was created by the Royal School of Needlework and featured motifs of a rose, a thistle, a shamrock, and a daffodil, representing England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, respectively. Workers creating the lace washed their hands every 30 minutes to keep the threads clean and changed needles every 3 hours to keep the needlework precise and flawless.
The “something new” were the diamond earrings she received as a wedding present from her parents. The earrings were designed as stylized oak leaves with a pear-shaped drop, featuring an acorn suspended in the center. Robinson Pelham designed the earrings which were inspired by the Middleton family’s new coat of arms. No word yet on whether the royal silk worms employed to create Princess Diana’s wedding gown were put to work again.
Her Majesty the Queen provided the “something borrowed”– a Cartier halo tiara set with diamonds which she had received as an 18th birthday present form her parents, then the Duke and Duchess of York. Princess Diana’s “something borrowed” was the Spencer family tiara, which her brother reclaimed after her death.
My bet for “something blue” was the bride’s maiden monogram embroidered on the inside hem of the gown in the style of Carolina Herrera for her custom wedding gowns. Other, more frivolous fashion folk bet on Manolo Blahnik’s Something Blue satin pump made famous by Carrie Bradshaw’s character in Sex and the City: the Movie and worn by American fashionista brides ever since. Miss Middleton chose to sew a blue ribbon somewhere inside her dress. Perhaps she took a cue from her late mother-in-law who had a blue bow sewn into the waistband of her Emmanuelle gown.
—Joseph UngocoSee the Top Ten Summer 2016 Trends for Women Over 40
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