Are you going to be in the UK this summer? Well, it might be worth making a special trip there. Buckingham Palace is throwing open its doors (for a mere £17.50 per person) until October 3 so that commoners can file by and gawk at Kate Middleton’s wedding finery, from the tiara to the shoes to The Dress. The exhibit is called “The Royal Wedding Dress: A Story of Great British Design.” Tickets are selling out quickly, obviously.
While we showed you every single possible angle of the dress on royal wedding day, the British papers had a sneak peek at the exhibition before it opened yesterday and shared some pictures of the dress and accessories.
While the palace would not tell the Daily Mail what size the dress is, saying only, “Small,” the Mail was able to report that Kate Middleton’s shoes are a 5 1/2–we’re assuming that’s a UK size, which puts her at about a 6 US. (She probably has no trouble finding shoes in her size when she goes to the LK Bennett sample sale.) The Telegraph called the dress “diminutive” and guessed that it was a UK size 4-6–solid US size zero.
The Daily Mail also reports that the dress cost £250,000–that’s more than $400,000. Yikes. A video featuring Sarah Burton describes the design process and inspiration, and confirms that Kate was “hands on.” The curator describes the dress as a “feat of engineering.”
The exhibit includes all the accessories: tiara, acorn earrings, shoes, and even the cake. The top three tiers are replicas, but the bottom ones are from the actual cake, and show where the couple cut through with a ceremonial sword.
Update: According to one of our contributors in London who saw the exhibit on behalf of Elle UK, the curators claim they “don’t know” how much the dress cost. To be continued.
Click through to see it all again and re-live that magical day.
**All photos: Daily Mail