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A new report claims that Kate Middleton has selected as her wedding dress designer the same avant-garde fashion house that has made outfits for Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow and other fashion risk-takers -- even Michelle Obama.
Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen, is said to have won the prized job to create what will undoubtedly be one of the most famous dresses ever. The look will reportedly "be a combination of Miss Middleton's own ideas and Mrs. Burton's quirky interpretation of high fashion," according to the Telegraph newspaper in London.
But the edgy British couture label immediately denied the account, saying, "Sarah is busy working on her new collection for the [Paris Fashion Week] show and she was as surprised as the rest of us to hear about this. She is not designing the dress."
Still, should we even believe that denial? Whoever designs the dress is sworn to secrecy until the April 29 wedding, after all. Understandably, Kate wants to keep some details of her wedding to Prince William a secret, including her dress, or dresses as we've also heard.
The other designer said to be in the running is Bruce Oldfield, who has some royal designing under his belt, most notably as one of Princess Diana's favorite dress makers.
But McQueen's Burton also enjoys some royal cred. The designer has been with the label since 1996 and became the creative director after the suicide of the 40-year-old Alexander McQueen last October.
Kate, 29, is reported to have become familiar with Burton's work in 2005, when she made the wedding gown for the bride of Tom Parker Bowles, who is the son of Prince Charles's wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Though speculation will likely not be quashed until Kate walks down the aisle, there is no doubt about one thing: she will look fabulous no matter what.