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Bruce Oldfield Exits Royal Wedding Dress Race



    The early and enduring frontrunner in the guessing game over who has designed Kate Middleton's wedding dress, Bruce Oldfield, is officially out of the race.

    The designer told WWD:

    “It has been such a subject of rumor and speculation over the past months, but I am not designing it,” Oldfield said. “We will all know [on Friday] — and I thought I’d duck out of the ‘possibles list’ to give everyone 24 hours to place their final bets!”

    Indeed, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power had closed the bets at 500 pounds (roughly $825 USD) back in December.

    But without Oldfield, there are still several names in the hat—with more being tossed in even with less than 24 hours to go. The most recent additions include Sophie Cranston, designer of the small label, Libélula, and British celebrity-favorite, Jenny Packham. The two join the ranks of Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton, Alice Temperley, Daniella Helayel of Issa, Catherine Walker, and Phillipa Lepley, to name a few.

    WWD has even reported that Vera Wang has some kind of involvement in the Royal Wedding proceedings. Despite her place as the queen bee of wedding dresses the world over, it's highly (highly) unlikely the American designer has had a hand in Middleton's wedding gown for the ceremony.