Designer Sophie Cranston Didn't Make Kate Middleton's Wedding Gown
Back to the drawing board!
Despite rampant speculation, British fashion designer Sophie Cranston did not make Kate Middleton's bridal gown.
"The rumors are not true," Cranston tells Us Weekly in a statement released by her label, Libelula.
Princess-to-be Middleton, 29, has long been a fan of Cranston (a former acolyte of Alexander McQueen) and recently stepped out in a Libelula coat.
With Cranston officially out of the running, what known contenders remain for the world's most anticipated wedding dress, debuting the morning of Friday April 29 at Westminster Abbey?
Many insiders are pointing to Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen, and a protege of the late fashion icon. "She's had several secret meetings, and staff are in the dark about her work right now," one source tells Us of Burton, whose creations have a mix of elegance and whimsy.
Last weekend, the UK's Daily Mail claimed that Middleton had actually designed the gown herself with "ivory satin and lace with pearl buttons and a 10-foot train."
Other potential names include Bruce Oldfield, a favorite of the late Princess Diana; bohemian-inspired designer Alice Temperley, popular Brit designer Amanda Wakely and Jasper Conran, who has designed dresses for recent royal nuptials.
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