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  • Princess Kate Middleton hits a high note with modern take on traditional wedding dress

    The wait is over!

    Kate Middleton stepped out Friday in a white long-sleeved wedding dress with a surprisingly-plunging neckline designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

    “It was very impressive,” celebrity stylist and author of “The Shopping Diet” Phillip Bloch told FOX411 Friday. “I think Kate will be inspiring countless copycats.”

    “It was definitely a return to minimalism,” Bloch said of the dress. “It was very Grace Kelly and looked very 1950s to me. Very simple and clean, there were no embellishments, no sequins or beading.”

    After months of speculation, the choice to go with McQueen was a bit of a surprise to Bloch.

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    “I was surprised, mainly because McQueen is such an upscale brand. Katherine and William seem to be fashioning themselves as the princess and prince of the people and McQueen is not a brand most people can afford.”

    “It’s also a brand that’s affiliated with a goth, dark motif,” he added. “But nothing about the dress really said McQueen to me, except the sculpture of the bodice, which was beautiful. It actually felt more like Vera Wang to me.”

    Bloch added that Middleton’s style choices have already put her on track to be a style icon, much like her husband’s mother, the late Princess Diana.

    “She’s really learned from Diana’s mistakes and is carrying the torch impeccably,” Bloch said.

    Princess Diana on her wedding day in 1981 (AP)

    Like Diana, Middleton wore a tiara, which Bloch says was a first for a commoner to wear as she walked into the church. Middleton’s tiara was on lend from Queen Elizabeth, who received it as a gift from her mother on her 18th birthday.

    Crafted by Cartier in 1936 and purchased by the Duke of York just weeks before he became king, the tiara was a nod to royal tradition, as Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell told Fox News Friday.

    “[Middleton] is conforming to royal traditions. She’s wearing a tiara, a veil over her face into the abbey, which is very respectful of our queen,” he said.

    And Plum Sykes, a contributing editor for Vogue magazine, tells Fox that it’s Middleton’s fabulous head gear choices that add to her signature style.

    “Kate Middleton dresses very conservatively but she has these divine whimsical fascinators on her head,” Sykes said. “It’s very British.”

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    Also in keeping with tradition, Middleton wore long sleeves into the church, a look not often seen in American weddings, but one Bloch says we can expect to see more of after today’s ceremony.

    “It’s not necessarily modern to do a long sleeve, but it’s a church custom,” he said. “Her choice to do the lace sleeve was dignified, but still sexy. The look was form-fitting, with the plunging neckline, but the sleeves kept it dignified.”

    Another surprising element was the choice of white dresses for the bridesmaids, a look that Bloch said was in keeping with the couple’s love of modern takes on old-world traditions.

    “Centuries ago, the bridesmaids used to wear white as a way to camouflage the bride from kidnapping attempts,” Bloch said. “So it might seem like a strange choice to have them in white, but it’s actually very traditional. She brings a modern take on old traditions and makes them her own.”

    American wedding designer , Kimberly Lee Minor, who is the chief fashion strategist for Priscilla of Boston, echoed Bloch’s sentiments.

    “Kate solidified that sleeves can look beautiful and fresh” Minor told FOX411 in a statement.  “This was a tipping point.”

    What do you think of Kate’s wedding dress?

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