How did Pippa Middleton’s wedding dress compare with sister Kate’s?
As soon, as the first pictures of Pippa Middleton’s wedding dress appeared, fashion critics and commentators noticed she followed in her big sister Kate footsteps. Bot of the brides of the brides opted for gorgeous gowns that look pretty similar at first view, but there are several subtle differences.
She was helped along by her royal sister Kate Middleton, for whom she acted as a bridesmaid back in 2011. Her royal niece and nephew, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, were bridesmaid and pageboy, respectively.
The designer and the dress
All eyes were on the wedding gown as Pippa Middleton celebrated her wedding to banker James Matthew.
Both Kate and Pippa chose British designers. The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen, while Pippa chose Giles Deacon, renowned for creating edgier, red-carpet gowns.
“I was thrilled to work with Pippa on her wedding dress,” said Giles to Business of Fashion. “It’s a privilege to show the craftsmanship that my team produces in London and a real testament to Pippa’s support of British fashion.”
The colour and fabric of the dress were similar also. Ivory is a traditional wedding gown colour and it suited the two sisters beautifully.
Because it was an English country wedding, Pippa went for a softer and more traditional silhouette, where the Duchess of Cambridge had a harder silhouette, more appropriate for Westminster Abbey.
Both dresses were refreshing and paid homage to British design but fashion experts notice that Pippa’s dress was a little bit sexier than Kate’s.
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The heart-shaped cut-out back was a touch that made the dress less traditional for Pippa Middleton.
Meanwhile, Kate’s dress was in line with what one would expect for a princess. A floor-sweeping movement, with the shoulders and arms covered, and lace at the top.
Pippa’s silk cotton lace dress was embroidered with pearl detailing with couture lace being the main element.
The veil and the bouquet
Both brides completed off their wedding ensembles with a full tulle veil and tiara, but Pippa’s (designed by milliner Stephen Jones with a hairpiece by Robinson Pelham) was significantly more subtle than Kate’s.
The veil was embroidered with minuscule pearls and more toned down for the Duchess’ sister.
Kate’s veil was made of ivory silk tulle and had hand-embroiled flowers.
The bride’s bouquet was understated and minimalist for both sisters. Kate’s bouquet contained seasonal, local flowers like lily-of-the-valley and sweet William, in addition to myrtle, hyacinth, and ivy.
Pippa opted for peony, sweet pea, astilbe, freesia, waxflower, green bell and alchemilla mollis.