London, England, United Kingdom (AHN Entertainment) – While Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton had to deny that she was designing Kate Middleton’s wedding dress in order to keep it a secret, she called it “the experience of a lifetime” in a statement released Friday.
“It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress, and I have enjoyed every moment of it,” Burton said. “It was such an incredible honour to be asked, and I am so proud of what we and the Alexander McQueen team have created. I am delighted that the dress represents the best of British craftsmanship.”
The reviews of Middleton’s wedding gown have been positively glowing, with style experts like Harper’s Bazaar saying it’s “sure to set trends” and Vogue calling the dress “pure and yet conveying the grandeur of its importance.”
The dress featured signature McQueen corseting complete with lace sleeves. In addition to the wedding gown, Middleton also rocked a second McQueen number. Even her sister and maid-of-honor Pappie wore a cowl-necked white dress from the house of McQueen.
“Alexander McQueen’s designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes and I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design we have created a beautiful dre ss for Catherine on her wedding day,” Burton continued.
Burton became creative director of the fashion label following Alexander McQueen’s death in February 2010. The 36-year-old Brit was seen the night before the wedding near the festivities, which ramped up rumors of her involvement with the dress.
“The last few months have been very exciting and an incredible experience for my team and I as we have worked closely with Catherine to create this dress under conditions of the strictest secrecy,” she said. “Understandably, Catherine has been very keen to keep the details of her dress a secret, which is every bride’s prerogative, and we gave an undertaking to keep our role confidential until the day of the wedding.
“Catherine looked absolutely stunning today, and the team at Alexander McQueen are very proud of what we have created,” Burton continued. “The dress was just one component of a spectacular day, and I do not think it is appropriate to comment any further beyond saying that I personally am very grateful and honoured to have been given the opportunity to work on this project, and I wish TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge every good wish for the future.”