Vogue editor 'recommended McQueen dress’
Alexandra Shulman, the editor of British Vogue, urged Kate Middleton to choose a wedding dress designed by the Alexander McQueen label, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.
The recommendation will add to speculation that the royal bride's gown will be designed by Sarah Burton, 36, the fashion house's creative director.
Buckingham Palace began canvassing for guidance on behalf of Miss Middleton shortly after her engagement was announced last year. Stylists and editors were asked to name their "top choice" for the coveted commission.
Fashion industry sources confirmed that Miss Shulman had been approached and had recommended the Alexander McQueen label.
"She was asked for her first choice and that choice was McQueen," one said.
A Vogue spokesman refused to comment, but sources admitted that private conversations with Buckingham Palace had taken place.
Miss Shulman, 52, is considered one of the leading figures in the industry and her opinion would be expected to carry great weight. The former Sunday Telegraph journalist has been editor of British Vogue since 1992 and was awarded an OBE in 2004.
Reports that Mrs Burton had won the assignment have already prompted bookmakers to cut the odds on a McQueen wedding dress from 14-1 to 1-20.
Buckingham Palace has refused to comment and McQueen insiders have strongly denied they have won the assignment.
But the fashion house is considered synonymous with British design talent and Mrs Burton, who took the helm following the suicide of Alexander McQueen, 40, last year, is known for her discretion as well as for her alternative take on elegance.
Her work is said to have caught Miss Middleton's eye when she designed an off-the-shoulder wedding dress for Sara Buys, a fashion journalist who married Tom Parker Bowles, the son of the Duchess of Cornwall, in 2005.
Other names in the frame include Phillipa Lepley and Daniella Helayel, whose Issa label is already a firm favourite of Miss Middleton's.