Now that everyone knows Prince William proposed to Elizabeth Catherine "Kate" Middleton using his mother's 18-carat sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring, the next big question surrounding the royal wedding is what will the gown look like?
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"I think it will be traditional but with a twist," said Michigan fashion designer Katerina Bocci of Shelby Township.
Britain's Daily Mail concurred, adding, "It will not be some avant-garde concoction made out of neoprene and stuffed with down feathers."
It's also not likely to be of a one-size-fits-all gown.
"When Princess Diana walked down the aisle in 1981, she wore a gown of Brobdingnagian proportions stitched out of ivory silk taffeta and covered in 10,000 pearls and sequins," said Robin Givhan, in a story for the Washington Post.
"While the dress would have overwhelmed even the most enormous personality, it practically obliterated the shy, 20-year-old Diana."
Five-years later, when Sarah Ferguson married Prince Andrew, she too wore a long train, minus a few cars. Her dress also featured huge puffy sleeves, which honestly, were very stylish in the 1980s.
Middleton will be 29 years old when she walks down the aisle and being a confident woman of the 21st century, Bocci is betting on a look that encompasses the historical designs of the past with the stylish trends of a modern bride.
Like a princess gown with a train (not too short, but not too long) that can be removed, to reveal a satin ivory silhouette that highlights Kate's figure in a tasteful, classy sort of way. It would not be covered with pearls and sequins, because they are completely out of style. Instead, Bocci would embroider the gown in beautiful Swarovski stones.
"I would do a cathedral veil and I would put stones on it as well," said Bocci, who was honored with the duty of designing the gown worn by Michigan's First Lady Sue Synder to the Governor's Inaugural Celebration.
AP Photo/ Fiona Hanson/PA, FileAll bets are on British designer Bruce Oldfield.
What is for certain is that Kate will be loyal to Britain.
Among the designers who are likely to be considered: Phillipa Lepley, John Galliano, Jasper Conran and Bruce Oldfield, whose name, moved to the top of the "possible list" following a visit from the bride’s mother and sister, last Thursday.
One name that Bocci would toss into the hat is Vivienne Westwood.
Vivienne Westwood "Carrie" gown worn
by Sarah Jessica Parker in the "Sex in the City."
"She is very talented," Bocci said. "She's the girl who designed the (slim-fitting) dress for the 'Sex in the City' wedding."
The gown featured a dart neckline accentuated with an elegant top made of ivory silk satin and finished with ivory silk Radzimir taffeta.
"She can follow the trends of today," added Bocci.
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