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Middleton Wears McQueen

Middleton Wears McQueen


The fashion house once headed by a gay designer whose provocative runway shows had titles such as "Highland Rape" and once featured 10 inch-heeled shoes favored by Lady Gaga was tapped to design Kate Middleton's wedding gown worn in Friday's ceremony.

Sarah Burton, who assumed the role of head designer at Alexander McQueen after the fashion visionary committed suicide in 2010, designed the white-and-ivory dress with a two-meter train.

"Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterizes Alexander McQueen's work," according to a statement by Clarence House.

In a statement, Burton said of the dress: "Alexander McQueen's designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes and I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day."

Three days prior to the wedding, British human rights activist Peter Tatchell delivered a large wedding card at Buckingham Palace for Prince William and his bride-to-be, reading: "We wish you a happy life together. You can get married, gay people can't. We are banned by law. We ask you to support marriage equality."

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