Designer Sues Alexander McQueen, Claims Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress Was a Ripoff

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Five years ago, Kate Middleton married Prince William in a stunning gown by Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, which almost managed to sell a generation of brides on sleeves. But now another designer has filed suit, alleging that dress was based on her uncredited work.

You know what this means: dress brawl.

The Telegraph reports that bridal designer Christine Kendall is suing Alexander McQueen for copyright breach at the UK’s Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. The details:

Hertfordshire-based bridal designer Christine Kendall has claimed the fashion house breached her copyright after she submitted ideas for a 1950s themed dress to the Duchess of Cambridge.

Kendall sent her outline to the Duchess in five months before the wedding and received a letter of gratitude from the office of Prince William and Prince Harry in 2011.


But please note that Fashionista points out that Kate Middleton herself is most definitely not alleged to be involved in these doings, and Kendall’s solicitor has said, “The claim is not against the Duchess and there is no allegation of wrongdoing against the palace.” Perish the thought.

Women’s Wear Daily has a response from a spokesperson at Alexander McQueen, who strenuously denied the claims:

“Christine Kendall first approached us, atAlexander McQueen, almost four years ago, when we were clear with her that any suggestion Sarah Burton’s design of the royal wedding dress was copied from her designs was nonsense.

“Sarah Burton never saw any of Ms. Kendall’s designs or sketches and did not know of Ms. Kendall before Ms. Kendall got in touch with us — some 13 months after the wedding. We do not know why Ms. Kendall has raised this again, but there are no if’s, buts or maybes here: This claim is ridiculous.”

Is the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court even ready for this level of dress drama?

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Senior Editor, Attic Haunter, Jezebel

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