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Black Issa Dress

black issa dress

black faux wrap dress

Just days before her wedding, The Duchess of Cambridge went on a shopping trip to Warehouse on King’s Road for honeymoon clothing.  For the trip, she wore this classic black issa dress.  It remains a highly sought after piece today.

Kate wears a black issa dress for a shopping trip in 2011

Kate wears a black issa dress for a shopping trip in 2011

Kate paired the simple black wrap dress with a pair of brown kitten heeled shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo and her coordinating Prada bowling bag.

The Duchess was photographed wearing the dress again in 2011, during a second shopping trip.

About the black Issa dress:

The dress features a deep V-neckline with gathering detail at the waist.   It has short sleeves with slight gathering at the shoulder and back seam detailing.  There is some confusion about the dress’s material online:  some sources cite silk while others say jersey.

The black Issa dress is described as having a tailored silhouette.

Sadly, the black Issa dress has now sold out. The brand does continually update the faux-wrap dress with new colours and prints for each season. Here’s a couple of my favourites:

Kate & Issa:

Kate has worn a number of dresses from Issa.  Most famously, she wore the brand’s blue wrap dress when announcing her engagement to Prince William in 2011.

kate middleton engagement dress

In addition, Kate wore two Issa dresses during the couple’s first royal tour.  Here’s the purple dress she wore during the evening celebrations on Canada Day:

Kate looks stunning in a vibrant purple dress by Issa London

Kate looks stunning in a vibrant purple dress by Issa London

Since, Kate hasn’t been spotted wearing Issa (to public engagements at least).  It is speculated that this is because she is distancing herself away from the label.  From, via the Huffington Post

Not only has the label’s founder, Daniella Helayel, left the company, but prior to her departure she sold a controlling interest in the brand to Camilla al-Fayed. Why should that matter? Because her father, Mohamed al-Fayed, previous Harrod’s owner, has been vocal in his belief the Royal Family is responsible for the death of his son, Dodi al-Fayed, along with Princess Diana. That topic is the subject of a film he financed, Unlawful Killing. In the movie the Queen is referred to as ‘a gangster in a tiara’ and Prince Philip is called a psychopath.

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