Throwback Studio Project – Royal Wedding

1st May, 2019

Wedding season is fast approaching and our Embroidery Studio has been busy repairing and cleaning heirloom wedding veils. Our expert team also embroider new wedding items including veils, dresses, shoes and even ring cushions to truly personalise your special day.

With wedding season around the corner and their Royal Highnesses William and Kate celebrating their 8th wedding anniversary (the couple married on 29 April 2011), we thought there is no better time to remember the stunning wedding outfit of Kate Middleton created by our Embroidery Studio team.

Working with Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, our skilled embroiderers created the bespoke lace on Kate’s wedding dress, veil and shoes.  The lace design and process was influenced by traditional Carrickmacross lace which originated in Ireland in the 1820s.  Carrickmacross lace uses an embroidery technique called Appliqué and the lace is worked by applying organdy fabric to a delicate net background and edging each motif with fine cord-like thread.  Sarah Burton sourced a series of lace motifs to create a unique design, applied by the RSN and arranged to fit each part of the dress perfectly following her creative vision.  Each lace motif (some as small as a 5 pence piece) was applied with minute stitches every two to three millimetres.

One of the hallmarks of the RSN is that the embroiderers can work collectively on a project yet it will look like the work of one person. The team for this project comprised RSN Studio Stitchers, Tutors, Graduates and advanced students.  Hands were washed every 30 minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine; needles were renewed every 3 hours and only short lengths of thread were used, each no longer than 30cm. Also, to maintain an even appearance, no securing knots were used and it was important that the back of the work looked as neat as the front, another RSN hallmark.

The RSN Embroidery Studio works on large and small commissions, so whether you would like a simple personalised monogram on your wedding dress or for it be covered with embroidery and embellishment, our expert team can bring your vision to life.

For more details contact: [email protected] or call +44 (0) 20 3166 6940.