Wenda James-Rowe founded Cardiff-based image consultancy the Style Team in 2004 after qualifying as an Image Consultant with Colour Me Beautiful in 2002. For more fashion and style tips visit her website: www.thestyleteam.com
By Wenda James-Rowe
‘Who will make the wedding dress of the century?’ has undoubtedly been one of the biggest fashion questions over the last few months.
And now, finally, we can reveal that Kate’s wedding dress designer is not Sarah Burton, Bruce Oldfield or Alice Temperley, but a very talented British designer called Sophie Cranston, of the Libélula label.
Yes – according to Yvonne York of the Huffington Post, the 34-year-old South London-based designer has won the coveted job of creating the royal wedding dress.
Yvonne suggests it is likely there will be more than one dress made by Sophie, much like Princess Diana’s dressmakers, David and Elizabeth Emanuel, had a ‘back-up’ dress in case something happened to the first one.
It is suggested the reason the palace did not announce the designer’s name (as they did with the Emanuels, who were confirmed just one month after Diana’s engagement) was to protect Cranston and her family from media scrutiny for as long as possible, and to allow her the freedom to create the wedding gown of Catherine’s dreams without additional pressures and distractions. It’s stressful enough to make an unforgettable gown that will be seen by billions around the world and which will be immortalised in royal and fashion history.
A St James Palace spokesperson would not confirm or deny the news, saying only: “We are not being drawn on any speculation on the wedding and cannot comment.”
Cranston won the Designer of the Year Award at London’s Graduate Fashion Week in 1999 and went on to hone her design skills under the tutelage of Alexander McQueen before going into business with Alice Temperley to create the Temperley label in 2000.
A couple of years later, Cranston left for Andalusia, Spain, to pursue her interest in flamenco. Her time at Costa La Luz inspired her to create her own label Libélula, which means dragonfly in Spanish.
According to her website, there is a small established ready-to-wear and bespoke bridal collection. And her line is known for its feminine silhouettes, luxurious fabrics, and vibrant use of colours and prints.
Since establishing Libélula in 2002, Cranston has gradually acquired a loyal celebrity clientele list, including Kate and the Middleton ladies, as well as Emma Watson, Jerry Hall and writer Celia Warden, who married fellow journalist Piers Morgan last year in a Libélula gown.
Can’t wait to see what she creates – only one more week before all is revealed…