Lets start at the very beginning of Kate Middleton’s dress story, with the dress that made Prince William fall in love while at a student fashion show in 2002 at St Andrew’s University. It was designed by then student designer Charlotte Todd and it was actually originally intended to be a skirt. As per the picture below, Kate was a sure showstopper on the runway (partially due to the fact the dress was extremely see-through!). So what did Kate wear next?
Kate’s style has gone from strength to strength right in-front of us. So let’s fast forward a few years to 2010 as the university sweethearts announced their engagement. Kate wore a blue Issa dress and the world was in love. Not only did the dress sell out in minutes, but it will always be an iconic piece of fashion history; in actual fact the classic, royal blue wrap dress continues to be copied and sold, as it’s always in style.
What’s great about Kate is her love for the high street. Yes she is the Duchess of Cambridge and everyone’s Princess, but she doesn’t mind stepping out in a piece from Zara and we love her for it. During her first outing after her wedding, she put on her Zara dress and did smart/casual so perfectly that she caused another unstoppable dress sell-out.
Not just nailing the more casual look, Kate also does fancy oh so beautifully. Her sequin, nude Jenny Packham turned so many heads and looked truly radiant. The British designer is a favourite of Kate’s and she has taken many opportunities to dazzle in her creations. This floor length gown, teamed with her faithful LK. Bennett heels stayed in everyone’s mind as dress perfection.
Jenny Packham is definitely a popular name when it comes to Kate’s wardrobe. The designer has been responsible for many a show-stopping frock on our Duchess; from gold and glitzy to blue and sparkly, she always ensures Kate will go to the ball and look amazing while she is there. She was also the creator of a very special day look, during Kate’s royal tour of Canada. The above the knee, yellow, floaty number was reminiscent of the beautiful style of the 40s and gave Kate a classic, yet fashionable look.
Kate’s famous post-baby dress was also the work of Jenny Packham. The world got a glimpse of Kate after the birth of Prince George and she had a post-pregnancy glow that left us all in awe, while wearing bespoke Jenny Peckham of course.
During her North American tour, Kate wore a very fashion forward Alexander McQueen, knitted sailor dress. This dress has a very vintage feel, while staying true to Kate’s signature style of being smart yet fun.
During a visit to the Natural History Museum in London for the Art Fund Museum of the Year prize, the Duchess wore an off the shoulder, Bardot cut dress by designer, Barbara Casasola. This really was such a stylish look, while definitely remaining elegant. Kate was praised by Vogue for this dress, calling her ‘the Duchess of cool’ and it is easy to see why.
To celebrate at the Women in Hedge Funds gala, we saw a very fun and colourful side to Kate. The floral piece by Erdem really showed a willingness to experiment with style. It showed that Kate is not only a royal, she is a fashionista in her own right.
The Duchess used the premiere of War Horse to channel a bit of subtle gothic glamour. The dress by Temperley London was a sophisticated look. It offered a modern twist while still feeling like it was off the pages of a classic gothic novel.
Described as a beautiful mermaid by Vanity Fair, Kate glowed at a charity event, while wearing vintage Amanda Wakeley. This stunning floor length gown, teamed with a bit of sparkle was the stuff that dreams are made of. With classic lines and a fairy tale shimmer, Kate looked like a princess, or possibly mermaid princess, from head to toe.
The lady in red; the lady in Preen. Kate looks amazing in any colour, but red is always especially eye-catching to look at. During a Canadian reception, the Duchess wore a gorgeous red, Preen dress with an asymmetric neckline – which is always fun – and Audrey Hepburn inspired hair. Kate has such beautiful locks, that it is easy for her to pull off perfect hair to match her dresses! She also coordinated her accessories with her maple leaf broach to pay tribute to the Canadian nation.
In another example of bold colour, while of course looking extremely fresh faced and polished as always, Kate wore a simple green dress by Diane Von Furstenburg. The dress was the perfect choice for her time in LA, as the bright colour was appropriate for the sunny LA weather and she showed once again that she knows her own style.
Another favourite of Kate’s high street brands is Reiss. Reiss is known for its tailored dresses and is something of a sophisticated high street brand. Amazing for anyone who wants to channel the Duchess’s style of youthful elegance. Kate has shown that the Reiss style can work for any important occasion and you don’t have to spend so big to look great. She even wore Reiss to meet Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace and was very much the vision she always is. The tailored nude, above the knee dress was great against her skin tone and worked as a beautiful contrast against Michelle Obama’s stunning and very colouful outfit.
We are nearing the end and Kate Middleton’s last two best dresses are obvious choices.
Often referred to as ‘the best day of your life,’ all weddings are special and most brides want to wear the most amazing dress they’ve ever worn and for good reason – the memories, the pictures, the “all eyes on you” sort of thing. And of course a royal wedding is no different, except for the small detail that literally all eyes around the world were on Kate and, of course, she did not disappoint. She was a vision; a beautiful young woman and a fairy tale princess all in one. The world gazed with joy as they saw Kate in Alexander McQueen.
Let’s start with Kate’s second wedding dress; the evening gown. Designed by Sarah Burton/Alexander McQueen, the satin dress was traditional ivory with a delicate diamante belt. The subtle fit and flare was finished with a soft bolero and Kate had let her hair fully down for the evening occasion.
And now the dress that no one could ever forget – the most iconic dress Kate has ever worn and an important piece of not only fashion, but history. Everyone waited eagerly to see what Kate would wear for this iconic day and the reveal was very much the fairy tale we all knew it would be.
Designed by Sarah Burton/Alexander McQueen, the dress was perfect for a Princess/Duchess/young woman. It was traditional but with a contemporary twist ideal for demonstrating Kate’s blossoming style. The delicate Chantilly lace neckline inspired many copycat designs and was actually crafted, along with her veil, at the Royal School of Needlework. Even Kate’s underskirt was a beautiful sea of silk tulle and Cluny lace; it was wedding dress perfection to accompany the momentous day.
Though it may be near-impossible to choose, we implore you to let us know which of Kate’s dazzling looks is your favourite!