Alexander McQueen with much input from the bride herself!
The dress had to be "big" to fill the epic space that is Westminster Abbey, it also had to be modest. The current trend for strapless dresses is just not appropriate for the wedding of the future head of the Church of England!
The lace work was genius in preserving her "modesty" but also came across as very modern with the high collar and plunging v-neck.
According to the Official Royal Wedding site :
"The lace appliqué for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. The lace design was hand-engineered (appliquéd) using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s. Individual flowers have been hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design, which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock."
Apparently the needleworkers had to wash their hands every 30 minutes to keep the lace and threads clean!
This is the dress that I suspect will redefine bridal fashion for the next decade!