Philly Brides Looking to Copy Kate

Philadelphia brides are looking to Kate Middleton for wedding gown inspiration, reports WHYY's Newsworks.

Anxiously awaiting the reveal of the royal gown, area brides have been begging local merchants for any insight regarding the design. According to Danielle Adrienne, the owner of the Center City bridal boutique, Bridals by Danielle, "some customers are already asking to secure a dress similar to what Middleton will wear, sight unseen."

The Feast/Shop decided to do some digging into the topic as well, and contacted Elena Brennan, the British-born owner of the Queen Village shoe boutique, Bus Stop. When we inquired if she expects the same sort of "copycat fever" to also take over her native London, Brennan responded, "ABSOLUTELY. I remember when Diana got married, the same thing happened." Brennan also pointed out that if the madness surrounding Kate's royal blue engagement dress is any indication, the wedding gown is undoubtedly bound for mass-production.

And while the design of Kate's gown is under lock and key, experts agree that it's not likely to resemble the late Princess Diana's cream-puff number from her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles. Main Line designer Frank Agostino speculates that for Friday's ceremony, Kate has chosen a gown that will show off her trim figure: "I think she's going to be wearing something with beautiful lines, but clean and modern," he says.

Elena Brennan agrees: "I don't think it be will be too voluminous or with a long train," says the boutique owner. "I think it will be very feminine and elegant at the same time."

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