The veil is long, sheer, and modern. It showcases her hair, which she is wearing down. Kate is wearing The veil is made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, which was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.
The veil is held in place by a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen. It's a simple but very elegant look. She is wearing a train. The sleeves are long and lace. The front appears to be cut in a V.
According to the press release, "Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work. Miss Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress."
Kate was successful at keeping not only the look of the dress top secret, but the identity of the designer as well. Quite an accomplishment, considering every detail of the wedding was closely followed by a global media circus.
The princess bride wasn't keeping dress details just from the public; she was keeping them from her husband-to-be. Prince William finally saw the gown after many of the wedding watchers. Kate went to great lengths to make sure he did not catch a glimpse of it until she met him at the altar.
Some pre-wedding rumors suggested that Kate was playing bridal dress roulette, commissioning three dresses for the day, with two backups in case the number-one dress was leaked to the press. Other reports suggested she'd created the gown herself.