Kate Middleton’s wedding dress designer, Alexander McQueen, is being sued for allegedly copying the design of the Princess dress.
Bridal designer Christine Kendall is suing McQueen’s luxury fashion label for alleged breach of copyright. Kendall claimed the fashion house creative director Sarah Burton “copied” her ideas for the wedding dress worn by Middleton on her wedding day with Prince William in 2011, The Times wrote.
The designer said the designs she made were sent to the royal for consideration in 2010. She added that she received a letter from a royal official in January 2011, thanking her for the sketches and also mentioned that Middleton was “most interested” in her work.
Kendall further claimed the final wedding dress design for Kate Middleton includes some of the concepts that she submitted.
A spokesperson for the Duchess of Cambridge told The Times that the royal never saw the sketches.
A spokesperson for McQueen, on the other hand, denied the claims and called them as “nonsense” and “ridiculous.”
McQueen’s spokesperson stated, “We are utterly baffled by this legal claim. Christine Kendall first approached us 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 ifs, buts or maybes here: this claim is ridiculous,” the spokesperson added.
Meanwhile, Time magazine reported that the solicitor office has confirmed that legal proceedings had begun because Kendall is certain that her concepts were “unfairly taken and copied.”
CNBC noted that the design of the royal wedding dress was kept secret from the public until the royal wedding day in 2011. Kate Middleton’s bridal gown featured an ivory satin bodice with floral motifs sewed onto fine silk.