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    ANN CURRY, co-host: The fashion secret of the year is out, or is it? With only 53 days to go before Britain 's royal wedding , a major newspaper's reporting that it knows who is designing Kate Middleton 's gown. Well, NBC 's Michelle Kosinski is at Buckingham Palace with all the royal intrigue. Hey, Michelle. Good morning.

    MICHELLE KOSINSKI reporting: Hi, Ann. This morning, the official royal wedding Web site posted some great new photos of Kate Middleton that we haven't seen before but made absolutely no mention of the dress. Well, the respectable Times newspaper's practically crowing over its news that classic, conservative Kate may be stepping out of her comfort zone a little bit, choosing the ultra-avant-garde British fashion house of Alexander McQueen to design her wedding gown . When it's time for these two to finally get out of the wind and stroll down the aisle, is it possible that Kate 's royal gown could look something like this, maybe minus all the hair? Or how about? Or maybe some variation? Amazing, but maybe a little hard to picture Kate , looking here like she just stepped out of a Talbots , sporting -- oh, I don't know -- leather leaves. All of these rather un- Kate creations are by Sarah Burton , the cutting-edge British designer who took over for Alexander McQueen after his suicide last year. The Times of London claims she is the one chosen to drape Kate Middleton in nothing short of spectacular as she makes that long walk from commoner to future queen. Wearing McQueen ?

    Mr. DAVID EMANUEL: Well, I mean, it -- just the McQueen label is runway fashion. Extreme, cutting-edge, larger-than-life. I mean, pantomime extreme. I think they'll have to slightly tone it down.

    KOSINSKI: David Emanuel and his wife designed Princess Diana 's wedding gown . It, too, was bigger than life. And there is a sort of extended family connection. Camilla Parker Bowles ' daughter-in-law wore this Sarah Burton gown for her big day . Traditional, with a little twist at the bottom. Here's Michelle Obama this year in a much admired Sarah Burton gown. The thing is, while the Times boasts the fashion secret of the year is out, a spokesperson for the McQueen label insists this "is not true." Hm.

    Unidentified Man: This may be a very clever ruse, and Kate Middleton likes to keep things secret. She's going to be very upset that this has now come out because she wants it to be a surprise for Prince William .

    KOSINSKI: One thing we do know for certain, at the reception and party to follow, Kate and company will not be wearing this, as the Sun newspaper portrayed them, reporting that the gang will be dancing the night away to ABBA , disco and '80s hits like Culture Club and Duran Duran , also a favorite of Princess Diana . There are also reports this morning that the queen's cousin, who is a party planner extraordinaire to the stars, is helping the young couple plan their

    festivities. Ann: All right, Michelle Kosinski . I tell you, it sounds like the reception might be even more fun than the wedding. Thanks so much this morning. Coming up, Charlie Sheen speaking out overnight, promising to deliver truth torpedoes, even shooting exclusive home video for us. Is a court date next? We're going to get the latest on this story. But first, this is TODAY on NBC .

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The Sunday Times story said Sarah Burton has received the plum assignment, then quotes her and McQueen CEO Jonathan Akeroyd saying this is not the case. Both flatly denied the McQueen house is involved.
updated 3/6/2011 4:58:49 PM ET 2011-03-06T21:58:49

A leading British newspaper reported Sunday that Sarah Burton, creative director of the Alexander McQueen fashion house, has been chosen to design Kate Middleton's wedding gown.

But both Burton and the company's chief executive deny the claim.

The Sunday Times story said Burton has received the plum assignment, then quotes her and McQueen CEO Jonathan Akeroyd saying this is not the case. Both flatly denied the McQueen house is involved.

The paper did not name any sources, suggesting the information had reached the newspaper after Akeroyd told a colleague about receiving the royal gig.

A Paris-based publicist for the McQueen house dismissed the report in an e-mail to The Associated Press, saying "We can confirm this story is untrue."

The contradictory story, which buzzed throughout Facebook and Twitter, did not clarify one of the central mysteries surrounding the April 29 wedding of Middleton and Prince William: Who will actually design the gown she wears for her transformation from commoner to princess?

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The emphatic denials from the top people at McQueen would seem to indicate that the story is not true, but the circumstances surrounding the fashion assignment of the year (or perhaps the decade) make the situation somewhat cloudy.

Just two weeks ago, British Fashion Council chief executive Caroline Rush told The Associated Press that whoever had been chosen would be bound by the terms of the agreement to do everything possible to keep their role secret until Middleton walks down the aisle before the eyes of 1,900 invited guests and a vast global television audience.

"Whoever has the honor will be sure not to leak it, that's the agreement," she said as London Fashion Week closed without the identity of the designer being made public.

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If word of the assignment has in fact leaked out, the designer would be in the awkward position of either breaking the terms of his or her contract by confirming their role or misleading the media and denying it in an effort to squelch the story.

As a result, the company's denial does not necessarily mean the McQueen house has not been chosen, fashion experts said Sunday, although some view the McQueen house as an unlikely winner, in part because of the publicity surrounding McQueen's suicide early last year.

The designer, seen by many as the most bold and original British designer of his generation, took his own life shortly after his mother's death. Burton, 36, who had worked closely with him for years, was named to the top creative position at the firm, and has been hailed for the skill and imagination she has brought to the difficult task of replacing a cherished, highly original talent.

American Vogue editor Anna Wintour called Burton "a brilliant choice" for the top job at McQueen during a visit to London Fashion Week in late February. The editor declined, however, to speculate about Middleton's choice for the wedding gown.

Burton is British, which would satisfy those hoping Middleton will choose a British designer, and under her leadership McQueen has maintained its reputation for dramatic design and phenomenal craftsmanship.

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Still, many other accomplished designers remain in the running for the dream job, including Bruce Oldfield, Philippa Lepley, Daniela Issa Helayel and others. Issa has been favored by Middleton in the past, but is thought to be an unlikely choice because of her Brazilian roots and her relative inexperience with wedding gowns.

Prominent designers Vivienne Westwood and Christopher Bailey of Burberry Prorsum said during London Fashion Week that they had not received the coveted assignment.

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Press aides handling the wedding for Prince Charles, Prince William's father, have repeatedly declined to comment on the dress. They point out the wedding is not a state affair and say Middleton deserves the right to surprise her husband with the gown.

Palace officials Sunday refused to comment on the report.

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Photos: Kate Middleton’s spot-on princess style

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  1. Princess style

    On the left, Princess Diana wore an elegant pink gown to the opera in Milan in 1985. Kate Middleton chose the same color halter dress for a Starlight Children's Foundation event in 2008.

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  2. Whimsical hats

    Princess Anne of England matched a fun orange hat to her suit at the Ascot Racecourse in 2009, the same year Kate paired a matching hat with her lavender coat at the wedding of a British aristocrat. (Samir Hussein/WireImage; Indigo/Getty via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Equestrian chic

    Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco looked ready to ride in 2003 at the International Horse Jumping Show. Kate Middleton went for a similar look with tall riding boots and a crisp white skirt in 2007 at the Badminton Horse Trials.

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  4. Classic coats

    Princess Caroline of Monaco looked chic in a classic trench in London in 1973. The same style still looked fresh on Kate Middleton in 2008 as she watched Prince William receive his military pilot's wings. (Popperfoto/Getty; Michael Dunlea/AP via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Holiday wear

    Princess Diana wore a red coat and black hat on Christmas Day in 1993. Kate wore the same winning combination during the 2006 holidays.

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  6. Royal blues

    Crown Princess Mary of Denmark looked elegant in a teal gown at a birthday celebration. Kate Middleton looked equally regal in a blue halter at a charity gala in 2006. (Tim Rooke/Rex; JPI via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Black and white

    Princess Diana dressed in a chic black and white skirt suit at Royal Albert Hall in 1990. Kate dressed similarly to receive her diploma from the University of St. Andrews in 2005.

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  8. Feathered hats

    Princess Diana wore a feathered hat for outing in Pembrokeshire in 1981, while Kate Middleton wore an almost-identical one to a wedding in 2006. (Jayne Fincher/Getty; Tim Graham/Getty via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Metallic gowns

    Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wore a beautiful bronze silk gown to a banquet for the Danish Royals in 2007. Kate opted for an elegant chrome-colored gown for the annual Starlight Children's Foundation event in 2009.

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    Kate Gosselin’s Style Evolution (Tim Rooke/Rex; Alan Davidson/Rex via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Feminine florals

    Queen Rania of Jordan chose a delicate floral dress for a Royal Military Academy parade in 2006. In 2007, Kate Middleton wore a similar carefree look on a walk through West London. (MJ Kim/Getty; Ramey Photo via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Fur hats

    Princess Marie Chantal of Greece wore a luxurious fur hat to the wedding of the Dutch Crown Princess in 2002. In 2006, Kate kept warm in a fur hat at the Cheltenham Races.

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    Kate Gosselin’s Style Evolution (UK Press/Getty; Tim Graham/Getty via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Polka dots

    Princess Diana looked glamorous in a red polka-dot dress at the premiere of "For Your Eyes Only" in 1981. Kate Middleton dazzled in the same pattern at the Chakravarty Polo Match in 2006. (Tim Graham/Getty; Rex via InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Menswear

    Princess Diana went shopping at Harvey Nichols in 1995 wearing an understated neutral pant paired with a blazer. Kate Middleton dressed almost identically 10 years later out and about in London.

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