By now, it’s safe to say Kate Middleton’s go-to brand for public appearances is Alexander McQueen. The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen the much-loved label – founded by the late Alexander McQueen and now headed up by Sarah Burton – for custom designs and ready-to-wear pieces on countless occasions, and she always looks incredible. As she debuts yet another dress from the British house this week, here are six times the royal has wowed wearing the brand.
At Monday’s Royal Variety Performance, Middleton was a vision in black lace, donning a beautiful long-sleeved custom Alexander McQueen gown with black velvet detailing that she teamed with a matching box clutch and black heels. With its sheer overlay and nude layer underneath, this almost counts as a ‘naked dress’, but Middleton managed to make it look demure and appropriate for a royal.
Middleton often chooses structured coat dresses and tailored looks, but she still knows how to make a more relaxed outfit look a million dollars. Case in point? This ravishing red off-the-shoulder maxi dress worn at a garden party to celebrate the Queen’s birthday on a royal trip to Germany in 2017. The duchess teamed the chiffon Alexander McQueen frock with nude Prada sandals and her signature glossy blow-dry.
Pretty and Polished
Middleton is also a big fan of Alexander McQueen outerwear and judging by how often she dons this sky blue coat, it’s clearly a major wardrobe staple. The 37-year-old has been photographed wearing the knee-length belted coat on four separate occasions dating back to 2014 – most recently at the naming ceremony for a polar research ship – usually teaming it with navy suede shoes and a clutch.
Dreamy Cape Gown
Proving she has mastered maternity style – even when it calls for black tie – Middleton showed off one of her most spectacular gowns while pregnant with Prince Louis. For a formal dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo, she chose a floor-length tulle dress with sheer cape sleeves and sparkling embellishment on the neckline; the show-stopping gown was perfect for such a grand occasion.
Floral and Fitted
The duchess knows that a black dress really makes an impact on the red carpet, and her gown at the 2017 BAFTAs was no exception. With a low neckline and cinched in waist, the full-skirted design was decorated with white and green bouquet motifs, adding a quintessentially British touch to a very glamorous gown.
Wedding of the Decade
How can we forget the glorious bridal gown in which Kate Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge? Designed by Burton to reflect tradition and modernity, the ivory satin dress featured a bodice, full skirt, and train overlaid with lace created by the Royal School of Needlework.
Topped with an ivory silk tulle veil, hand-embroidered with flowers, and the Queen’s Cartier ‘Scroll’ tiara (reportedly her “something borrowed”), the then-29-year-old set the standard for modern royal brides with her magnificent wedding day attire.