Is McQueen's Sarah Burton Designing Kate Middleton's Gown?

The house denies reports as speculation mounts

Photography by Anthea Simms

Even as the house of Alexander McQueen denies the reports, speculation is mounting that Alexander McQueen’s creative director, Sarah Burton, will be designing Kate Middleton’s wedding gown, a.k.a. the dress of the century.

The reports of a little known female designer who would be catapulted into the spotlight after the wedding, along with the fact that Burton created a gown for Sara Buys, who married Tom Parker Bowles in 2005, are being used as evidence to support this latest bit of gossip.

Naturally, the house of McQueen denies it–as they would have to. Says a rep for the company: “Sarah is busy working on her new collection for the Tuesday show and she was as surprised as the rest of us to hear about this. She is not designing the dress.”

Company CEO Jonathan Akeroyd, from whom the slip reportedly originated, also denies. Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince of Wales, has refused comment.

Of all the rumoured names being bandied about for the job–a Clarence House spokesman says he’s been asked about at least 10 names–Burton has to be the most exciting. This sentiment is being echoed across the fashion world. Says Telegraph fashion director Hilary Alexander: “If this is true it’s the best news the fashion industry has had in a long time. It is desperately in need of an injection of fabulousness in the wake of the whole John Galliano scandal.”

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