When the world first recognized Pippa Middleton in that Alexander McQueen bridesmaid dress, it upstaged everyone else’s attire.
Six years later, Kate Middleton’s sister walked down the aisle in a Giles Deacon design to wed James Matthews.
Adorned with pearls and lace, the seemingly seamless dress with a high neckline gave Pippa a more demure look, accentuated with cap sleeves.
“I wanted that ‘how-was-that-done?’ factor,” Deacon told Business of Fashion. “It’s all hand-pieced which is why you don’t actually see a seam.”
Despite the delicate details, the designer made sure to create a romantic gown with plenty of movement.
“I always loved the dancing scenes in The Leopard,” explained Deacon. “I know they were all hoop crinolines in the film, but there’s something gorgeous about having that great movement, with the skirt spinning round, keeping its shape.”
As for how did Deacon’s team keep the details on the dress under wraps, it’s all about the small team.
“It’s small, 15 to 20 people depending on the phase of production, with the skills to make exquisite things,” said the designer.
He added, “In London, I think there’s only McQueen, Ralph & Russo and us with that capability. We’ve worked together for such a long time.”
While the rest of the world was giving into the demand of the see-now, buy-now concept, Deacon pulled back on his ready-to-wear line eighteen months ago to center on couture.
Although Deacon usually has to do a lot of research for what his client is looking for in a bridal gown, that wasn’t the case with Pippa.
“She has a great eye, she knew what she wanted,” he emphasized.
Decked out in a Stephen Jones pearl-embroidered veil and dangling stud earrings, only Pippa could upstage Pippa on this Saturday morning.