Another day closer to the royal wedding, and yet another name is floated as the designer of Kate Middleton's all-important wedding dress.
We've heard Sarah Burton for McQueen, Bruce Oldfield (a favorite of Princess Diana) and the latest name to be mentioned in contention for the prized commission is Jasper Conran. And now, a new name to add to the mix: Sophie Cranston, designer of the Libélula label.
Yvonne York, Huffington Post's royal's correspondent, is reporting that Sophie Cranston has designed Kate Middleton's wedding dress. Middleton famously wore a vintage-inspired black velvet coat by Libélula to a wedding this past January.
So why haven't we heard Cranston's name until now? "Through my insider sources, I've heard who was designing Catherine's wedding dress four months ago but kept it a secret in accordance with palace wishes," York writes. "A St. James's Palace spokesperson I talked to won't confirm or deny that Cranston had been selected, only saying, 'We are not being drawn on any speculation on the wedding and cannot comment.'"
"From what I've uncovered," York continues, "the reason the palace did not announce the designer's name (as they did with the Emanuels who were confirmed just one month after Diana's engagement) was to protect Cranston and her family from media scrutiny for as long as possible, and to allow her the freedom to create the wedding gown of Catherine's dreams without additional pressures and distractions."
And according to more reports out today, the design won't be purely Cranston's as Middleton herself has had a hand in the design. The Daily Mail is reporting that Middleton designed the dress almost entirely herself with Cranston serving merely as the dress maker. The dress is reportedly inspired by Renaissance art, which Middleton studied in Florence during her gap year. The Mail claims that the dress itself will be ivory satin and lace, with a pearl button detail and a 10ft train.
Cranston, 34, worked at Alexander McQueen and Temperley before starting her own label in 2002. In 1999 she won London's Designer of the Year Award at Graduate Fashion Week.
Click through to see some looks from Cranston's fall 2011 collection for Libélula.