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Pippa’s dress by Giles Deacon proves seamless sensation

The bespoke silk cotton lace was embroidered with pearl detailing over an organza and tulle underskirt.

Six years after coming to public attention as a bridesmaid at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton ensured all eyes were on her as she exchanged vows with millionaire beau James Matthews.

The 33-year-old wowed crowds with a Giles Deacon dress, which was hand crafted in London.

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The dress was constructed with a cap sleeve, high neckline and featured a corseted bodice with draping to the front and heart-shaped detail at the back.

The bespoke silk cotton lace was hand appliqued to create the impression of having no seams.

Mr Deacon said the lace bodice was embroidered with pearl detailing over an organza and tulle underskirt, which had layer upon layer to enable a floor sweeping movement.

The dress was constructed with a cap sleeve and high neckline (PA)

He said: “It’s a privilege to show the craftsmanship that my team produces in London and a real testament to Pippa’s support of British fashion.”

The bride wore a bespoke veil, designed by Stephen Jones, made from fine tulle with a degrade of embroidered pearls.

The Maidenhair Fern tiara with matching hairpiece was handmade by Robinson Pelham.

The shoes were a Manolo Blahnik pump, in an ivory satin with bespoke pearl detailing.

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Deacon was spotted in November leaving Pippa’s house in west London carrying a garment bags, but had refused to confirm if he was making her wedding dress.

A royal favourite, Deacon’s designs have formerly been worn by Princess Beatrice, as well as other A-list celebrities Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore, Agyness Deyn, Thandie Newton and Victoria Beckham.

In 2011, Abbey Clancy, who had previously modelled for Deacon, wore a wedding dress by the designer when she married footballer Peter Crouch.

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton arrives with their father Michael Middleton (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

Deacon’s collections are described as having a “couture” feel, and his catwalk shows have previously attracted supermodel fans Linda Evangelista and Karolina Kurkova.

Born in Darlington, Country Durham, the designer was raised near the Lake District and wanted to become a marine biologist but, after failing his chemistry A-Level, ended up on an art foundation course. He went on to study at Central St Martins in 1992, going on to win Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2006.


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