Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress Designer Sarah Burton Gushes on Iconic Gown

Celebrity Style Aug. 22, 2014 AT 4:30PM
Kate Middleton and Sarah Burton
Sarah Burton designed Kate Middleton's famous wedding dress. Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images; Inset: David M. Benett/Getty Images

Better late than never! More than three years after Kate Middleton married Prince William in a beautiful Alexander McQueen wedding dress, the designer behind the gown, Sarah Burton, is finally speaking about the experience.

"I know we live in a culture obsessed with fame, but I happen to believe privacy is a virtue, and the relationship I have with my clients is private," Burton, 40, explained to the New York Times' T Magazine. "Some people like to think I've been too shy or that I'm afraid to speak up about the happy experience I had creating the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress, but I can tell you that is nonsense. I have never been a shrinking violet or a person who is ruled by fear."

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Burton went on to discuss said "happy experience," giving details on all of the work that went into creating Middleton's now-iconic gown. On that momentous day in April 2011, Middleton, now 32, walked down the aisle in the long-sleeved V-neck confection with a stunning train and traditional lace veil.

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"I loved making the dress, I loved adapting my ideas to suit the person and the occasion, and we put our hearts into it," she said. "I respect the intimate nature of that lovely project and I respect the friendships that were forged during it… an instinctive, intelligent, imaginative young woman's wish for a beautiful wedding dress — or any kind of dress — is the most natural thing in the world. I was honored to pick up the challenge and always will be."

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While the gorgeous gown quickly sparked a slew of copycats and worship from fans and fashion critics alike, Burton told T she wasn't anticipating the frenzy.

"I had no idea it would be as big as it was," she explained. "Only the night before, seeing all the photographers outside the abbey, did I think, 'Oh, my God. This is massive.'"

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