Kate chose a piece from Alexander McQueen’s 2011 collection for her appearance on board the royal barge in the Queen’s Jubilee pageant yesterday. Kate’s red Alexander McQueen dress, which she accessorised with her trusty LK Bennett nude heels and a Lock & Co hat – has been worn on two occasions in the past year since it made its debut on the spring/summer 2011 catwalk back in February 2010.
The first was X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos, who wore a sleeveless version of the dress for the reality show’s auditions last July. She wore the piece, with its flattering pleated skirt and neat peplum, with minimal accessories – just black stilettos and a slick of red lipstick finished off the look for Tulisa.
Kim Kardashian also wore the Sarah Burton-designed dress for a night out in New York in August. Like Tulisa, Kim’s dress was sleeveless, and the skirt even shorter – which is how the design looked when it was unveiled in the collection last year. Early reports suggest that Kate, who at 5ft 10in is a full eight inches taller than 5ft 2in Kim – had her own bespoke version of the dress custom made for today’s appearance. Kate’s pageant take on the dress had a longer hemline, taking it to just above the knee, long sleeves and a boat neckline.