30 April 2011

A Small--Actually, Petite-Large--Complaint About That Dress

Don't get me wrong: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is a beautiful woman: a spectacular infusion of high quality commoner DNA into the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Windsor gene pool. And The Dress, with its lovely lace assembled by all those nimble, clean and not under-aged ("The RSN workers included existing staff, former staff, tutors, graduates and students, with the youngest aged 19.") fingers at the Royal School of Needlework, was elegance itself. (I could watch this video tour of the RSN all day.)

The Service


Why did this "level-headed" and "down-to-earth" royal bride decide to button herself into a bullet bra and bodice "narrowed at the waist" drawn "on the Victorian tradition of corsetry?" With padding on her hips, yet!? Did the soon-to-be most copied wedding dress in the world have to be constructed in the shape of a Barbie Doll--and not just Barbie, but the Barbie of the 1950s? I know (actually, I learn from royal wedding coverage) that the corset is a hallmark of "British brand Alexander McQueen" design, but I also know that at least one Alexander McQueen model has passed out on the runway as the result of over-enthusiastic corsetry.

If it was necessary to give the bride a fairy tale figure for the wedding, why not also give the groom a full head of fairy tale hair?

1 comment:

  1. Haha - good thought about William's hair! There was quite a while there when he arrived at the church and took his hat off that I was wondering "is anyone going to fix his hair?" because there was a wisp sticking up for ages.