A dream come true for designer Sarah Burton

Updated: Apr 30, 2011, 20:08 PM IST

London: Sarah Burton says it was an experience of a life-time to design the royal wedding gown for Kate Middleton.

The creative director of British fashion house Alexander McQueen, designed the stunning silk and lace outfit behind closed doors at Buckingham Palace, so that details about the gown could remain top secret till the wedding, reported Contactmusic.

"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. 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. Burton, 36, who took over the British fashion label after designer McQueen committed suicide in 2010, admits she had to lie about her role in the design process after word got out that Middleton had chosen her to create 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.

"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," Burton added.

Sarah Burton’s army of 100 guarded Kate’s fairytale dress secret

New York: It really was a mammoth task to keep her wedding dress a secret, but the new Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, managed it with royal excellence and with some help, of course.

Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton had a small army of about 100 who not only carried out painstakingly detailed work on the dress round the clock, but also had to be extremely discreet about it.

In addition to her own team, Burton worked with graduates, students, tutors and past and current staff at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace.

According to a palace statement, "The workers washed their hands every 30 minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine, and the needles were renewed every three hours to keep them sharp and clean."

"The secret nearly came out when Sarah Burton was spotted at the Goring Hotel [where Kate spent her last night before the wedding],” the New York Post quoted a source as saying.

“But it didn’t even slightly affect the impact of when Kate stepped out of her car at the Abbey,” the source added.

(With PTI and IANS inputs)