Late 1940s fashion is tailored perfection. The decade saw a revolution in fashion design when Christian Dior introduced the New Look with his first collection in 1947. Gone was the austerity of the war years with its military style suits with huge shoulder pads and in came its replacement: the feminine hourglass figure.
For some people - for quite a lot of people, actually - their wedding day is the true, confetti-covered apogee of their existence. I say people; really I mean women.
For many it is August, not April, which is the cruellest month. The followers of Diana Princess of Wales, who died on 31 August 1997, have not diminished in number but increased in the years since that unspeakable end in a Paris underpass.
2011 has seen two of the most anticipated weddings in the UK, if not in the world and, for that matter, speculation about their wedding dresses. Both weddings taking place in the UK, both brides called Kate, both Kates hailed as style icons in the making or style legends per se.
I think by now even the staunchest of republicans has realised that when Kate Middleton (aka the Duchess of Cambridge) wears a dress, it sells, and sells, and sells some more. So it's no surprise that ever since the royal engagement was announced, designers - and therefore fashion PRs - have been clamouring to dress her.