The woman behind the royal wedding dress that the whole world is talking about has finally been revealed.
Sarah Burton, the creative director for the legendary, recently deceased Alexander McQueen, has the fashion world buzzing with the dazzling, fitted, long-sleeved lace gown she designed for Kate Middleton.
Burton, 36, has an impressive – and diverse – roster of former clients, including Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Bjork.
But before she rose to fame, Burton was born and raised in Manchester with four siblings and attended Manchester Polytechnic, where she earned an art foundation diploma, according to the Telegraph.
She then headed to London, studying print fashion at Central St. Martins – where McQueen went as well. She worked as an intern for McQueen during her third year there and graduated in 1997.
Burton stayed with the company and quickly become McQueen’s protégé, working alongside him until his tragic suicide in 2010. She was appointed creative director shortly after.
In September, she presented her first womenswear collection in Paris, which critics said was not as dramatic as McQueen’s work but still bold enough to make a statement.
Middleton reportedly became aware of the designer years ago when she saw a wedding dress Burton designed for Sara Buys, a fashion journalist who married Tom Parker Bowles, the son of Prince Charles’ wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
The British tabloids have been speculating for months that Burton had been chosen to design the dress for the now-Duchess of Cambridge.
Burton quickly dismissed the rumors, telling Vogue UK in March that “I am not doing it.”
But the denial seems to have been part of a detailed strategy to maintain secrecy.
Burton’s latest creation elicited oohs and aahs from wowed fans.
“Oh it’s gorgeous!” exclaimed Yvonne Ryland, of Yorkshire, England, who now lives in Spain. “It is absolutely beautiful. It is so slimming and fits her perfectly. “