Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Sophie Hallette makes cut on Kate Middleton's wedding dress
Sophie Hallette makes cut on Kate Middleton's wedding dress
May '11
After much anticipation across the globe, the wedding gown of the century was finally unveiled and it was a vision of modern British splendor, with a French touch.

Kate Middleton, the new Duchess of Cambridge, wore a gown designed by Sarah Burton, the Artistic Director at Alexander McQueen. Made of white and ivory satin gazar and designed to emulate an opening flower, the gown featured a lace adorned bodice inspired by Victorian corsetry - a classic McQueen reference, a plunging neckline, long sleeves, and a train of more than nine cascading feet. A truly extraordinary lace was needed to exalt the dress and in a symbolic nod to time-honored traditions, Burton and the newest member of the monarchy chose Sophie Hallette, the renown French company that has been making lace since 1887.

"Everybody from the factory floor to the designers was thrilled when the news spread that our lace was on the dress," said Romain Lescroart, CEO of Sophie Hallette. "Our laces have adorned haute couture creations and luxury goods worldwide for 127 years, but this certainly marks a crowning achievement in our history for which we draw great pride."

The Sophie Hallette lace selected by Burton is an exclusive model designed in 1958 and was manufactured on artisanal looms that are more than 100 years old. The roses, daffodils and shamrocks of the particularly dainty floral motif were cut out from the original lace and hand-sewn onto the silk tulle of the decollete, sleeves and train by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, using a Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originates from 1820's Ireland.

While all eyes were on Middleton, others in the Monarchy were also wearing Sophie Hallette. Eugenie of York wore a Vivienne Westwood top encrusted with hand-painted Sophie Hallette lace, and the wife of Willem-Alexander of Holland wore a beige tailleur made entirely of Sophie Hallette lace.

By choosing Sophie Hallette, the royal family honored the tradition of lace-making and the result was a gown fit for a modern princess.

Based in Caudry, France and family-run for three generations since its founding in 1887, Sophie Hallette sets the world standard for high-quality lace craftsmanship. Manufactured respecting traditional methods on Leavers looms more than 100 years old and maintained by craftsmen whose know-how is unique in the world, Sophie Hallette laces are a staple of the most famous brands in haute couture and luxury goods including: Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Zac Posen, Versace, Dolce Gabbana, Paul Smith, Phillip Lim, Jason Wu, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Erdem, Antonio Marras, Brioni, and Elie Saab among others.

Sophie Hallette

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 25th Oct 2016

Arvind to dilute 10% stake in brand business arm

Arvind Limited, one of India’s largest integrated textile and apparel ...

Courtesy: Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Textiles | On 25th Oct 2016

World’s first cotton shipment using Skuchain’s Brackets

The world’s first trade transaction involving shipment of cotton...

Textiles | On 25th Oct 2016

Cotton yield to increase to 568.29 kg/ha in 2016-17: CAB

At its first meeting for the cotton season 2016-17, the Cotton...

Interviews View All

Cyril Pereira
Reed Exhibitions India, organiser of Asian Machine Tool Exhibition 2016

'Major problem in the textile machinery manufacturing industry is the lack ...

Giovanni Pizzamiglio, Paolo Crespi & Riccardo Robustelli
Epson, For.Tex & F.lli Robustelli

‘The percentage share of printing in the global textile market is pretty...

Manfred Mentges
Sedo Treepoint GmbH

We see a higher demand in colour management systems, as customers see big...

Silke Brand-Kirsch
Schlegel und Partner

Silke Brand-Kirsch, executive partner of Schlegel und Partner, a leading...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Giorgio Mantovani
Corman S.p.A

Giorgio Mantovani, MD of Corman, with a presence in both Milano and New...

Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks

"We should not compare India and the West. There are things we do that...

Silvia Venturini Fendi
Fendi s.r.l

"Yes, my confidence and positive attitude are my strengths and should be...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

October 2016

October 2016

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Advanced Search