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Kate is Radiant in Emilia Wickstead for The Art Room/National Portrait Gallery Reception (UPDATED)

Kate returned to a favorite designer this evening for a function at the National Portrait Gallery in London, opting for a dress by Emilia Wickstead.

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Weir Photos / Splash News

Tonight’s engagement was a reception celebrating the work done by The Art Room, an organization using art to help young people struggling with emotional and behavioral issues.  Below we see a collection of self-portraits created by Art Room students, their artwork was then turned into wall clocks.

The Art Room

The Art Room

There was a small group of students taking part in the evening’s event, Kate spent time chatting with them.  The charity is celebrating its 11th anniversary, tonight’s function served as the formal launch of the Art Room’s ‘Pledge for the Future’ fundraising drive.

When addressing those at the reception the Duchess shared her belief that art can be a positive change agent, more from the Mirror’s story:

“I am a firm believer in the power of art to make a difference and The Art Room is doing that on a daily basis.

“We all stand here tonight to celebrate this wonderful work.

“I hope that you will join me in congratulating The Art Room and their supporters on these extraordinary achievements.

“As patron of The Art Room, I feel immense pride to see the amazing work that they are doing but I also feel hugely excited to look to a future with more Art Rooms, where many more challenging and vulnerable children will be helped.”

Kate is Patron of both the Portrait Gallery and the Art Room, they are two of the first charities she chose to support.
The Duchess was in a bespoke (also referred to as custom made, one-off, made to order, etc.) dress by Ms. Wickstead.
Neil Warner / Splash News

Neil Warner / Splash News

The piece is crafted of a heavy, textured crepe material. It is sleeveless, with a round neckline in front that dips down for a squared, scooped back. Our thanks to People Magazine’s Simon Perry for sharing this photo of Kate at tonight’s reception.
Simon Perry, People Magazine

Simon Perry, People Magazine

Below we see how the blue reflects photographers’ flashes, this is as Kate is leaving after the reception.

Weir Photos /Splash News

Weir Photos /Splash News

The color was very, very pretty on her. The garment combines many of the designer’s signature elements, like a fitted bodice and fuller skirt. 

People magazine has an online story with the following information:
Described as a pale blue silk blend, full skirted summer dress, the custom creation was based on a dress in the current spring/summer collection from the New Zealand-born and London-based designer.  “It was made specially for the duchess,” says a spokeswoman. “We’ve had a style in store that’s very, very similar. So it was very slightly bespoke for her.”
The original is named the CZ dress…. although now sold out, it originally sold for £990 (around $1,500), but the bespoke version costs an extra $300, so Kate would have spent around $1,800.
The spokeswoman meanwhile also tells PEOPLE that because of the so-called Kate Effect, the company says they have had a “few orders placed” for new bespoke versions since the charity event.
As mentioned, the Duchess is fond of this designer’s work. Below we see Kate wearing other pieces by Ms. Wickstead: from left to right, St. Patrick’s day 2012 (worn again in 2013), the pleated pink frock was worn twice last year (Sovereigns’ Luncheon and Palace Garden Party), the gold coatdress was worn for the Order of the Thistle in 2012.
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Our early look at the autumn/winter 2013 Emilia Wickstead collection may be viewed here.


Kate accessorized with her Rupert Sanderson ‘Malone’ pumps.

Rupert Sanderson 'Malone'

Rupert Sanderson ‘Malone’

The ‘Malone’ Style is no longer available; the ‘Malory‘ is similar to the ‘Malone,’ although its toe is more pointed. Mr. Sanderson’s footwear is carried by Bloomingdale’s and Matches Fashion in the USA, as well as Selfridge’s and other department stores in the UK, he also has a wonderful handbag collection.

Kate also wore those still-unidentified drop earrings, her hair was curled and partially pulled back.

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Splash News

The color was beautiful on Kate, she looked simply radiant, happy, and relaxed. In several photos the fit of the garment seemed off, with pulling under the arms, it is hard to know if it was just those photos or the dress itself. I imagine it is next to impossible to perfectly fit dresses at this stage of one’s pregnancy unless items are altered a day or two before they are to be worn.

We’ll see you Friday for the events at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, and the Making of Harry Potter attraction.


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Tuesday 17th of March 2015

One of my all time favorite looks for the Duchess and I just found (and purchased) a relatively good "copy Kate" of this dress:

Definitely not a perfect replica but the texture and color of the fabric is similar. (The Limited has WONDERFUL clothes - extremely well made, very reasonably priced, fashionable, and classic. I have many clothes from here that are very "Kate" and it's a great store for a classic professional wardrobe!)

I know you're always on the look out for "copy Kate's" for your Pinterest page so I thought I'd pass this along!


Monday 29th of April 2013

Now this is more like it. (:

Sandra Everest

Saturday 27th of April 2013

I think Kate looks beautiful in this colour. I think the earrings may be the diamond teardrops from Heavenly Necklaces where Kate has pearl and diamond earrings from aswell.


Saturday 27th of April 2013

Hello, and thank you for sharing the information about Kate's earrings. Unfortunately they are not by Heavenly Necklaces. Belinda (the founder) was asked when these first were seen, and they are not by/from her company. Thank you again! :)


Friday 26th of April 2013

I saw this dress in French Connection yesterday - it is very similar in colour (light forever blue) and shape.


Friday 26th of April 2013

I like the color, the style (she's pregnant--it works!), her hair. But the dress quality itself looks like my first attempt making a dress in middle school. The fabric wrinkles and doesn't allow for clean seaming. Whoever made it should hang his/her head.

And I detest those suede shoes. If I recall, she's worn them inappropriately several times. I never mind her wearing those nude pumps over and over again--at least they work for day and night.

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