Chances are, if you're anything like us, you still remember waking up (or staying up) at the wee hours of the morning to absorb every single detail of the royal wedding. Obviously the bridal detail that stuck out the most was Sarah Burton's custom-made wedding dress from the Alexander McQueen label that perfectly transitioned regular civilian Kate Middleton to her Duchess of Cambridge status. Even still, the gown is influencing bridal fashion all over the world. We're beginning to see more long, lace sleeves head down the runway, and models sporting gowns with more "ladylike" simple lines.
But now, almost five years after Princess Kate said her "I dos" to Prince William in that dreamy dress (and picture-perfect wedding ceremony), the designer of that iconic gown — which will hereby be known as "the dress" for all of eternity — is currently under some cringe-worthy heat with the law. The head of designer label Alexander McQueen is being sued for purportedly stealing and copying designs from British bridal designer Christine Kendall of Hertfordshire, The Sunday Times reports.
The Sunday Times explains that Kendall had sent wedding dress ideas to Kensington Palace for Middleton's review before the wedding had taken place, and she reportedly had received a note back from the office of Prince William and Prince Harry thanking her for the sketches.
"Miss Middleton was most interested to see your work and very much appreciated you taking the trouble to write," the letter said. But according to a spokesperson for the Duchess of Cambridge, her royal highness had never even seen the wedding dress sketches.
As more details emerge, it's plain to see that this is going to be one hot, and possibly nasty, debate between the designers.
A spokesperson for Alexander McQueen replied to the lawsuit by telling CNBC, "We are utterly baffled by this legal claim. Christine Kendall first approached us at Alexander McQueen 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 British fashion designer feels otherwise. Her lawyer told The Sunday Times, "Our client is certain that her company's design was unfairly taken and copied. The claim is not against the Duchess and there is no allegation of wrongdoing against the palace."
Here's to the beginning of a great #RoyalDressDebate!