Meet Kate Halfpenny, the designer behind Millie Mackintosh’s wedding dress

During her 20-year career as a stylist and bridalwear designer, Kate Halfpenny has worked with everyone from Kate Moss to Twiggy and Diana Ross.

And now she can add another name to her ever-growing list of famous clientele: Millie Mackintosh.

Mackintosh married long-time love and former Made in Chelsea co-star Hugo Taylor in a lavish ceremony at Whithurst Park in West Sussex in June.

The pair first dated in 2011 but later split and Mackintosh went on to marry Professor Green before parting ways a couple of years later. Taylor and Mackintosh rekindled their flame in 2016 and Taylor proposed while the pair were on holiday in July last year.

For the wedding, Mackintosh chose London-based bridal wear designer Kate Halfpenny of Halfpenny London to make her bespoke, off-the-shoulder lace dress. The brand wrote on Instagram today: “It was made with stunning French lace, fine spotty tulle and silk organza. The flowers on the draped body and the double bubble sleeves were hand appliquéd. We complimented the look with a simple soft long plain tulle veil.”

Halfpenny is known for her soft, voluminous silhouettes made with delicate lace and embroidery – a trademark that makes her a firm favourite for London brides.

Millie Mackintosh and Hugo Taylor pose on the cover of Hello! magazine (PA)

In an interview with the Standard, Halfpenny said: “I knew I wanted to be a bridalwear designer since I was little. My mum was a knitwear designer so I was always surrounded by clothes and fashion.”

She started out on her career by graduating with a BA Hons in Fashion Design before going on to study an MA in Textiles at London’s Central St. Martins.

“I’ve always had a love for the big silhouettes and wedding dresses. I met Emilia Fox and was styling her, then she got married in 2005 and I did two of her three dresses

And, thus, her namesake label began. Halfpenny now has a boutique located on Woburn Walk in Bloomsbury – and is currently getting ready for New York Bridal Fashion Week in the autumn.

Halfpenny continued: “My design style is really diverse, there’s something for everyone in the collection, with big silhouettes and slinky gowns.

“We say we have a ‘coolmantic’ here, which is kind of cool and romantic mixed together.”

It’s easy to see why Mackintosh went to Halfpenny to design her gown. Halfpenny offers a number of unique designs for both dresses and separates which you can mix and match to create a dress that reflects your own unique style.

You can visit the Halfpenny boutique on Woburn Walk or browse through the site here​


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