Sarah Burton: Her design seen worldwide

Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey in London, April 29, 2011.
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Kate Middleton waves as she arrives with her father and sister to the West Door of Westminster Abbey in London for her wedding to Prince William, on April 29, 2011.
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(CBS) Kate Middleton is wearing a dress designed by Sarah Burton. Burton is the creative director for Alexander McQueen. The designer was seen helping Kate Middleton get into the car at the Goring Hotel.

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Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen's creative director, said in a statement, "It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress, and I have enjoyed every moment of it. It was such an incredible honor to be asked, and I am so proud of what we and the Alexander McQueen team have created."

She added, "Catherine looked absolutely stunning today, and the team at Alexander McQueen are very proud of what we have created. The dress was just one component of a spectacular day, and I do not think it is appropriate to comment any further beyond saying that I personally am very grateful and honored to have been given the opportunity to work on this project, and I wish TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge every good wish for the future."

Burton, appointed creative director of Alexander McQueen following the designer's death in 2010, was reported to have caught Middleton's eye years ago with an off-the-shoulder wedding dress made for Sara Buys in 2005. Buys is the daughter-in-law to Middleton's new stepmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Burton's other clients include Cate Blanchett, Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow. She started her career as an intern with McQueen in 1996 and presented her first women's collection in September of this year. Although her styles are not a dark or dramatic as McQueen's, she still is able to hold her own as a fashion-forward choice for the royal bride.

Middleton's choice to use one of Britain's edgiest labels is a fresh attempt to develop her own unique style, after being criticized for dressing too conservatively, the Telegraph reports.