House of McQueen to design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress? Be more cynical.

Photo from Hello Magazine

From the London Evening Standard:

To make Kate Middleton’s wedding gown ‘would be amazing’ says designer’s husband

Sarah Burton, 36, a protégée of Alexander McQueen, was reportedly chosen by Miss Middleton after designing a gown for the 2005 wedding of journalist Sara Buys to Prince William‘s stepbrother, Tom Parker Bowles.

Mrs Burton, from Manchester, last year designed a dress worn by Michelle Obama to a state dinner and has also worked on edgy creations for Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Mrs Burton became creative director of the Alexander McQueen label after the designer committed suicide at the age of 40 last year.

Chief executive Jonathan Akeroyd reportedly told a colleague last week that the label had secured the commission to design the royal dress.

Mr Akeroyd has since denied his alleged comments and Mrs Burton has stated she is not involved with the royal wedding. Miss Middleton is said to have demanded that no details about her dress are released until the big day on April 29, and it is thought the chosen designer has been sworn to secrecy.

Mrs Burton’s husband, photographer David Burton, today denied that his wife – in France for Paris Fashion Week – is designing the dress. He said: “It would be amazing if she is doing it but I would think I would know about it and I don’t.”

A spokesman for the McQueen label said: “We are not doing the dress.” Clarence House said it was “not responding in any way at all” to the speculation.

From Tom Kolovos:

I’m not saying that the story isn’t true or that Sarah Burton wouldn’t make for an inspired choice to design the gown or that selecting this route wouldn’t make for a fitting tribute to the superstar English designer but don’t you think it’s just a little suspicious that the rumor was started by the McQueen CEO and then internationally distributed the day before the showing of the McQueen Fall 2011 presentation?

I’m just saying. Be more cynical.

Alexander McQueen Spring 2011. Image from Style.com

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