updated 01/17/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/17/2011 AT 4:30 PM ET
Giorgio Armani will dress Charlene Wittstock for her wedding to Monaco’s Prince Albert II (the son of the late Grace Kelly and the late Rainer III, Prince of Monaco), the couturier has announced.
According to several Italian newspapers, Armani spoke directly to reporters after his men’s fashion collection in Milan on Sunday. “Yes, I want to declare, I will make the wedding dress,” he confirmed.
The 76-year-old designer, who has befriended Wittstock, was thought to have the inside track to outfit her when she weds Prince Albert this July. She has attended Armani’s shows in Italy in 2008 and 2009 and has consistently shown a preference for the designer’s sophisticated stylings.
In 2010, she wore a gown by Armani to Monaco’s Rose Ball Gala and, more recently, the princess-to-be wore Armani Privé at Monaco’s National Day, November 24.
As for the wedding dress, Armani gave no hint of the design, according to reports.
Still, the finished product will no doubt be compared to Grace Kelly’s celebrated 1956 gown. That piece, a present to the film actress from MGM, was designed by studio wardrobe costumer Helen Rose and featured antique Valenciennes rose point lace, 25 yards of silk taffeta and 98 yards of tulle. Topping off the look? Her lace wedding veil, accented by appliqué lovebird designs and thousands of seed pearls.