The famous wedding dress of silk and lace worn by Queen Victoria offers clues about what Kate Middleton will wear when walking down the hall, April 29, although much has changed since the wedding discrete Victoria in 1840.
Victoria does not need to marry before the cameras, thousands of reporters and photographers camped outside. They were married in a relatively small private chapel is a room deep Westminster Abbey in London.
This means that a small basic dress like Victoria, is not enough for Middleton, said Joanna Marschner, chief curator of the Palais Royal of Great Britain's history, who cares for the robe of the Victoria and dresses worn by past real wives.
"The dress is up," said Marschner. "It's big, has become the scale of space and gets up to check the eyes of all. This is the date, he has to say something about our time, and is a choice of bride. He is beautiful."
Although the strong interest, the identity Middleton designer and style of her dress remained firmly kept secret. Palace officials say Middleton wants to impress her boyfriend, Prince William, when you walk out of his Rolls-Royce Abbey exceeds the threshold.
Marschner not make predictions, except to say that the designer must respect the dignity associated with Westminster Abbey. This means a dress or a strapless neckline is unlikely - Middleton may have to wait for a reception at Buckingham Palace, where he wants to wear something more revealing.
The guide only generally accepted that the designer will be British. Victoria English is used as lace and silk woven in London to show support for British industry, Middleton overwhelming pressure to use a British designer.
The focus is on Sarah Burton, creative director of the great house of Alexander McQueen and Sophie Cranston, lesser-known label founder Dragonfly and Bruce Oldfield, a favorite of the late Princess Diana.
Name Cranston rose this week to press reports, the appointment of him as a dark horse competitor in the most coveted garment.
"My thoughts are with everyone who is mentioned is in progress," said Astrid Joss, commercial provider of Brides magazine. "Sophie Cranston is a good opportunity to anyone else. And 'realistic, Kate was wearing her pieces. And' underestimated, is a thin, stylish clothes that fit the style of Kate."
Select Cranston Middleton would be a way to protect smaller, less expensive for local designers, "said Joss.
Victoria has also had to make policy choices during the installation of equipment marriage.
Marschner said Victoria meant to support British workers through the lace of the West Country village of woven silk and Honiton in the country.
cream-colored suit wearing Victoria is so fragile that it can only deal with experts in gloves, but will soon be subjected to conservative treatment, so that it can be made available to the public in Kensington Palace next year. Conservatives from Britain's Historic Royal Palace are over 1000 hours in the treatment of a valuable collection of wedding dresses real dating back almost 200 years.
"Dressed in Victoria is a watershed in the history of the Royal fashion," said Marschner. "Before that, royal brides were pawns used to seal alliances, or a land, Victoria married for love, and she liked to dress for sentimental reasons. Remembered as a golden wedding day."
She said Victoria's marriage has sparked public interest in royal marriages, on the basis of global concern in 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer and the frenzy now over royal wedding next week's Prince William and Middleton.
In the decades after their marriage, Victoria had had fallen lace wedding dress for special occasions. She even wore black lace dresses, after the death of her husband, Prince Albert, to remind people of her love for him.
Rosemary Harden, head of the Fashion Museum in Bath, Middleton hopes to integrate the English lace in her dress to keep the tradition.
"Kate wants to be a surprise," says Harden. "And I say good luck to him. I think that is wonderful."