The 60-year-old designer is renowned for his couture bridal gowns and created wedding dresses for Samanatha Cameron, wife of David Cameron, Prime Minister of Great Britan, and for Jemima Khan, for her marriage to the cricketing legend Imran Khan. Prices for her couture dreamy wedding dresses start at £5,000, although sample dresses also sell at £2,000.
Kate Middleton is well known for her love of Issa dresses and has become an unofficial ambassador for the Issa London label.
Favored Designers for the Kate Middleton Wedding Dress
Just days after the official announcement of her engagement to Prince William contenders for the Kate Middleton wedding dress range from Bruce Oldfield to bridal gown designer to the stars Phillipa Lepley and Kate's own fashion favorite, Daniella Issa Helayel, creator of the Issa London label.
Bruce Oldfield - Couture Bridal Gowns
Alexander, Hilary. Since being catapulted into the fashion spotlight in 1981, she has designed gowns for many A-list celebrities including Joan Collins, Ivana Trump and Elizabeth Taylor.prom dresses at forever21
The latest Phillipa Lepley 2011 bridal collection is described by You & Your Wedding magazine as "a picture of a feminine beauty," with her romantic flowers, majestic ballgowns and twinkly lace.
After she graduated from fashion college Phillipa Lepley opened her first bridal shop in 1999, in Chelsea, a fashionable part of London. The design will need to reflect her fashion personality and her new found position as a royal fashion icon, in addition to accentuating her slim figure and willowy frame.
Issa London is also a favorite label of celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Scarlet Johnsson and Jennifer Lopez. The London-based designer has recently started to make bespoke dresses for Britian's next royal fashion icon and the soon-to-be Princess Catherine.
Whoever is chosen to design the wedding dress of the century, one thing is guaranteed, the designer is likely to have a few sleepless nights. "Ulrika's dressmaker is bookies favourite to design Kate Middleton's wedding gown," Daily Mail, November 19th, 2010.
. "How I'd dress Kate, by the designer of Diana's gown: no frills and flounces this time - I'd keep it elegant and simple," Daily Mail, November 17th, 2010
As at November 19th, 2010 the current favorite, say William Hill bookmakers, is Phillipa Lepley, with Daniella Issa Helayel running as the second favorite. Although having had one bite at the cherry, perhaps Kate Middleton will give this historic opportunity to another British-based designer.
British designer, Bruce Oldfield OBE is one of the favorites to create the Kate Middleton wedding dress and is being hotly tipped by Brides magazine. The Brazilian-born designer Daniella Issa Helayel was the creator of Kate's stunning royal blue engagement dress and has been dressing the bride-to-be for the last 5 years.
Phillipa Lepley Bridal Dresses
Emanuel, Elizabeth. The designer was a favorite of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who wore Oldfield's evening gowns from 1980 to 1990.
Daniella Issa Helayel of Issa London
For the big day on Friday April 29th, 2011 it has to be a wedding dress fit for a queen - literally, as when Kate Middleton marries the second in line to the British throne, she becomes a future Queen of England. Nor will it be a risque strapless number. She has since earned herself the title as designer to the stars, and can name Davina Mcall and Ulrika Jonsson as some of her celebrity clients.
The 41-year-old designer is known for her elegant and simple bridal gowns using delicate lace and luxurious fabrics. It would be something simple in off-white silk with a layer of complexity, such as silk organza drape over the shoulders with lace appliqué detailing. The wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William is being hailed as the wedding of the decade, if not the century. A long shot is also Princess Diana's wedding dress designer, Elizabeth Emanuel. The wedding dress, therefore will also go down in history.
It is unlikely that Kate (or Princess Catherine, as she wants to be known after her marriage) will choose such a big, bouffant fairytale gown as Princess Diana. "Kate Middleton: who will design the wedding dress of the century?" The Telegraph, November 17th, 2010.
Elizabeth Emanuel - Designer of Princess Diana's Wedding Gown
Here is the low-down on the hot contenders:
In an interview with the Daily Mail Elizabeth Emmanuel said that if she were to design the wedding dress for Kate Middleton it would be in complete contrast to the wedding gown with its 25ft train, she created for Princess Diana. With millions of people around the globe expected to watch Kate Middleton walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey on April 29th, 2011, the pressure of the world will be on their shoulders to create the perfect dress.
Eccles, Louise. The dress would also have a detachable train.formal gowns forever21
Elizabeth Emanuel, who designed Princess Diana's wedding dress with her husband David in 1981, set up her own couture wedding and evening-wear boutique, Art of Being, in 2005