We, like almost everyone else in the world, loved Kate Middleton‘s royal wedding dress. It was elegant and beautiful and timeless. And no, it was not copied from an off-the-rack Kleinfeld‘s gown purchased in Brooklyn in 1991.
A woman named Clare Cushman wrote an impassioned (and pretty off-point) editorial in the Washington Times about how Kate “stole” her dress.
Kate was wearing an exact replica of the wedding dress I had worn — and I was about to celebrate my 20th anniversary! A dress I had picked up in 1991 at Kleinfeld’s in Brooklyn, off the rack and on sale (albeit in the high-end department).
Exact replica? HARDLY, LADY.
I grabbed my wedding photos and showed them to anyone who would look. Yes, they gasped, it was the same lace bodice with the plunging neckline, the slight collar, the bustle in the back anchored by buttons. No, my lace hadn’t been specially designed for me, and my train was considerably shorter. But the cut and design were almost identical.
Sure, the dresses are kind of similar. But “almost identical”? Again, HARDLY. Both are lovely, classic wedding gowns. Neither are particularly revolutionary or original, and nobody ever claimed Kate’s to be so. But that doesn’t mean Sarah Burton copied this lady’s dress. It just doesn’t. But hey, at least she aired her grievances and even got a jab in at Prince William in the last line. Ugh.
Take a look at the picture below. What do you think?