Today we have a very special Fashion Flashback.
Today we have a very special Fashion Flashback.
We’re back with a post covering several topics, starting with an update to Kate’s Calendar for this Wednesday.
Now to the primary topic of our post. Many readers know Catherine Walker was a favorite of Diana, Princess of Wales; she wore hundreds of pieces by the designer.
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The label is also a go-to for the Duchess of Cambridge.
Most recently we saw Kate wearing Catherine Walker for the annual Festival of Remembrance in November.
Two styles very much like designs Kate has worn were part of an exhibit in October celebrating the brand’s 40th anniversary. The private event was held at Spencer House in London; the home belongs to Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer.
The event was a fundraiser for two charities: SSAFA, supporting armed forces members and their families; and Brendoncare, an organization operating multiple nursing homes, and currently building one that would allow couples to be together after a dementia diagnosis.
The display showcased a stunning array of designs worn by some of Catherine Walker’s most notable clientele, as well as styles from the a/w 2017 collection. The pieces chosen for display were curated by Said Cyrus, the label’s co-founder and Head of Design.
More from Caroline Leaper’s story in The Telegraph:
For Cyrus, the process of exploring the brand’s 400-piece archive was cathartic. His wife, Catherine Walker, died of cancer in 2010, so exhibiting their life’s work offered a chance to remember the highlights and celebrate their enduring success.
A pencil sketch by Said Cyrus of his late wife.
In her People story, Monique Jessen writes about an iconic gown that was part of the exhibit.
One of the outfits, a stunning white lace halter-style evening dress with embroidered pearls, sequins and crystals worn by the princess to a gala in Washington in 1996, is displayed for the first time. Alongside it sits a heartfelt note of praise from the then recently-divorced Diana.
A closer look, with thanks to People’s Simon Perry for the photo of the note he shared on Twitter.
A portion of the note reads:
“I was so proud and felt very confident to stride out there and deliver my first speech since the divorce,” the letter reads. “The compliments about your design and expertise would have made your ears burn.”
This gives a better view of some of the detail work on the gown
Two designs worn by the Duchess similar to styles made for the Duchess were included in the exhibit. (See update below.)
UPDATED: The pieces shown in the exhibit are not Kate’s garments as I thought. With a big ‘thank you’ to Scarfie1 on Twitter for the input, the two styles seen in the next photo may be showroom samples, or they were created for another purpose, but they are not the specific pieces Kate has worn.
On the left, you see a Melrose coatdress similar to the one worn in Ypres, Belgium this July for events commemorating the Battle of Passchendaele Centenary. On the right, a coatdress very much like that worn in June 2016 for the National Service of Thanksgiving marking the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The Melrose is crafted from Venetian wool embellished with hand appliquéd corded lace.
The soft blue style has lines similar to the Melrose.
As noted in our original post, the piece combines elements from multiple Catherine Walker designs. Below left, the Rosa Coatdress; in the center, the Melrose Coatdress, and Kate in the finished design.
Here is a good closeup showing the lace.
To the best of my knowledge, this is the only time any of the Duchess’s clothing has been publicly exhibited, other than her wedding dress in 2011. Again, thank you to Scarfie for pointing out the differences between the styles shown in the exhibit and those made for Kate.
Some of the designs from this fall’s collection that were on display: the Collette flannel coat, the Violeta jacket and matching dress, and the Lilliane suit. For anyone interested in acquiring a Catherine Walker design, the company offers an e-couture service for those unable to visit the studio in person.
Kate’s coat for the Festival of Remembrance was modeled after another fall design, the ‘Caressa’ jacket.
It looks like it was an outstanding exhibit. This is a label I believe we will continue to see the Duchess wear for years and years.
Our other topic today: the 2018 What Kate Wore calendar, created in partnership with Royal Photographer Mark Stewart (you may know him as Regal Eyes on Twitter). This year’s calendar is different from those done in previous years when we focused primarily on recent photographs. When first chatting with Mark about the 2018 calendar he asked what we thought of dedicating each month to a specific year he has been photographing Kate. That sounded like a simply brilliant idea, so Mark commenced going through his archives, all the way back to 2005.
The calendar measures roughly 11″ by 16″ when open and hanging on your wall. The 2018 version was really a joy to put together because of Mark’s incredible archive of Kate photographs. I knew he had been photographing Kate for years, but didn’t fully realize the breadth of his work. I asked Mark if he realized what Kate’s role would be back in those early years.
When I first photographed Kate in 2005, little did I know that it was the to be start of documenting the fashion evolution of our future Queen.”
The calendar is available in limited quantities here.
We are back with a brief post; we’ll start with updates to Kate’s Calendar:
Wednesday, December 14: Kate will take part in a special King’s Lynn Cub Scout Pack meeting that looks like it should be lots of fun. From Kensington Palace: “Her Royal Highness will join the Pack as they take part in games and activities themed around looking after yourself and others physically and emotionally. Activities will include a parachute game to encourage teamwork and cooperation, first aid training and Cub cake icing. They will then join together to renew their Cub Scout promise and celebrate the Cubs’ 100th anniversary with the lighting of 100 candles and a rendition of happy birthday.”
You’ll recall Kate’s involvement with UK Scouting. While not a Patron of the organization she has taken part in a number of events with the Scouts. Many readers will remember the volunteer training exercise at Great Tower Scout Camp in 2013, with the dreadful snow and sleet.
Happy new week to everyone. We are back with a couple of quick updates about items from Kate (and one Charlotte) retailers.
Hello-Hello, we are back with a very special post.
We are ever-so-excited to be officially launching our 2016 What Kate Wore Calendar, created in tandem with royal photographer extraordinaire Mark Stewart. Months in the making, it is *finally* here, just in time for the holidays!
Below, a better look at the calendar cover with Mark’s gorgeous photo of Kate in a Roksanda Ilincic dress and Double Leaf earrings by artisan Catherine Zoraida. The photo was taken when Kate and William were visiting the National Indigenous Training Academy in Australia’s Northern Territory on the 2014 Tour.
This is a wall calendar in a size the industry refers to as ‘petite’ or ‘mini,’ it measures 7″ x 14″ when opened. Each month showcases Mark’s images, and we see Kate in a variety of apparel at a cross-section of engagements. Some months feature a single image.
While others have a montage of related photographs.
It is a delight to be offering Mark’s stunning work in the calendar. He has been photographing members of the royal family for more than 25 years and knows his way around a tour. Mark has traveled extensively with royal tours undertaken by Diana, Princess of Wales, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh; he worked as a personal photographer to Sarah, Duchess of York, accompanying her on charity trips to Argentina, Russia, and Liberia. Below, Mark at work.
Mark’s extensive knowledge of the Royal Family’s unique history, traditions and personalities pays off in his work, his photographs often have an indefinable touch of magic, one reason he has been honored on multiple occasions as the Picture Editors’ Royal Photographer of the Year, as well as by the British Press Photographer’s Association. You can follow Mark’s work on Facebook here.
Here is an example of how the dates look for each month. In the upper left you see the previous month, in the upper right the next month is shown. The calendar also shows dates of note, like Anzac Day; below you can see an arrow pointing to that info on the April dates page.
To give you an idea of the kind of dates included throughout the year, the other notations in April are for HM’s 90th Birthday, St. George’s Day, and William and Kate’s wedding anniversary.
The inside back cover provides information on all of the different outfits the Duchess is seen wearing in the photos.
The outside back cover gives you an overview of the photos used for the 12 months shown below left, and there is also a ‘bonus page’ we called The Many Faces of Kate, you see that below right.
One final note before we get to our giveaway, and that is a very quick ‘thank you’ to our wonderful friend Janet, who provided assistance regarding the best Commonwealth and royal dates to include in the calendar, as well as additional perspective and insight for the project.
The calendar sells for $14.95; postage and handling is $2.50 for US addresses, and $5 for international addresses.
It seems only fitting that we should do a little giveaway for one or two of these beauties, don’t you think? Are you ready for a contest? We hope so, because we are going to give away 3 of the 2016 Calendars.
Here’s how to enter:
The contest is open internationally. We will take entries until midnight Monday night, the 7th. We will do a random drawing Tuesday morning and then get in touch with the three winners. (Please be available via email, winners have a 48-hour window to respond to our email alerting them they have won.)