Fashion School Instructor Nick Verreos of FIDM Designs Fantasy Wedding Gown for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding on the Today Show.

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Fashion School Alumnus and designer Nick Verreos designs a fantasy gown for Kate Middleton’s royal wedding.

Gown for Kate Middleton featured on the Today Show and designed by FIDM Alumnus Nick Verreos

Project Runway alumnus Nick Verreos, who is a graduate of and current instructor at the fashion school FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, was recently asked for his take on Kate Middleton’s royal wedding gown. Verreos’s interpretation came in the form of an ivory sillk ziberline column gown with a pleated neck, cap sleeves, side-front pockets, and a full pleated back train.

Today Show anchor Natalie Morales and fashion editor Bobbie Thomas hosted the segment, which showcased Verreos’s sketches and final wedding gown – which was created in just one week. The modern dress featured a waist detail with hand-sewn Swarovski crystal beading for a bit of sparkle. “I was inspired by architecture and wanted to design a gown that was structured yet elegant,” said Verreos, who teaches fashion design at FIDM. “I also considered Kate Middleton’s penchant for showing her great figure.”

While the designer gown was fitted and featured an open back, it still maintained a demure elegance thanks to the fabric that covered the shoulders and part of the arms. Verreos added a full tulle veil with a crystal and pearl tiara to go with the glamorous dress. The gown went on to be auctioned off for charity as part of Lifetime’s “Royal Private Sale,” which coincided with the television channel’s television movie about Prince William and Kate Middleton.

With four dynamic California campuses, FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is the premier west coast fashion design college, educating for careers in fashion, graphic design, interior design, and entertainment. FIDM’s graduates include renowned fashion designers like Monique Lhuillier, Emmy® and Academy Award® award-winning costume designers, top fashion industry executives, and entrepreneurs.

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