There has been so much speculation about the identity of the lucky designer(s) who has been commissioned to design Kate Middleton's wedding dress that
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.
I'm far from convinced that Libélula's Sophie Cranston is the designer of Kate Middleton's wedding dress, but let's speculate. Let's say that Cranston has been afforded the opportunity to make the most talked about dress since Diana married Prince Charles. Will this be Cranston's "Jason Wu moment," as HuffPo royal correspondent Yvonne York declared? Will fashionites the world over be clamoring to get a piece of Libélula post-April 29? Hardly. And there are several reasons why.
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?