In 2011, Kate stepped onto the red carpet in LA wearing a lilac gown by Alexander McQueen. Royal watchers instantly fell in love with the look, captured by the dress’s sweeping pleated skirt and shimmering belt. It was only the second or third time we’d seen her in a gown, so was a real show-stopping moment for fashion fans. Kate looked amazing. As she did a decade later, when she ‘recycled’ the dress, wearing it for a second time to The Earthshot Prize’s inaugural awards ceremony held at Alexandra Palace in London.
About the gown:
In 2011, Kensington Palace confirmed Kate chose British designer Alexander McQueen for the BAFTA black-tie event. Kate’s dress is custom-made, perhaps based on this Grecian floor-length gown from the designer’s 2011 ready-to-wear collection.
Like Kate’s gown, the Grecian gown features a floor-length skirt. It is pleated from top to bottom. It appears Kate’s had the top modified, adding a scoop neckline and cap sleeves to the bustier top. The ready-to-wear dress is pictured with a fuchsia belt. Kate wore glittery belts with her dress.
Net-A-Porter.com described the piece as a “gorgeous Grecian floor length gown [that] will leave you feeling like a modern-day Aphrodite”. The ready-to-wear version of the dress retailed for $2,741 USD / £1,573 GBP.
Update: Farfetch carry a new-season version of the ready-to-wear dress in pink.