Last week, Yvonne York, the Huffington Post’s royals correspondent, rather confidently claimed that little known Brit designer Sophie Cranston was designing Kate Middleton’s wedding dress: “I’ve reported many exclusive details on the royal wedding, but my biggest scoop is undoubtedly the identity of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress designer,” she wrote. “I can reveal that Sophie Cranston of the Libélula label is said to have won the coveted commission to make Catherine’s wedding dress.”
The Daily Mail seemed to confirm the report, adding that Cranston would merely be the dressmaker while Middleton herself, drawing on her art history background, would design her own wedding dress.
Speculation over who would design Kate’s wedding dress has run rampant: everyone from Bruce Oldfield to Sarah Burton at McQueen to Jasper Conran has been named as a possible contender for the job. So if it seemed too good to be true that the wedding dress mystery would be solved so neatly (and that the commission had gone to a little known designer), that’s because it was.
In a statement emailed to WWD, Cranston has issued a statement denying she’s won the plum job: “Libelula has a company policy of not commenting on any of the work they do for private clients, however due to the unprecedented media attention they would like to make the following statement: We are not designing Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. We, like everyone else, can’t wait to find out who is!”