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Designer sues Alexander McQueen over Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress
The wedding dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day to Prince William on April 29, 2011 – designed by Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton – was one of the most eagerly anticipated and most photographed dresses of all time. Now, five years later, a wedding dress designer has started legal proceedings at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in London – claiming her sketches were used during the creation of the dress. Fashion house Alexander McQueen denies the claim.
Christine Kendall – a Hertfordshire-based couture wedding dress designer – sent some sketches of wedding dress ideas to the Duchess of Cambridge, then Kate Middleton, in the run-up to the royal wedding.
Ms Kendall claims to have received a reply from the office of Prince William and Harry in early 2011.
According to the Sunday Times, a Palace official wrote: “Miss Catherine Middleton has asked me to write and thank you so much for your letter of 18th November enclosing bridal gown designs.
“Miss Middleton was most interested to see your work and very much appreciated you taking the trouble to write. Should she wish to see more of your designs I will of course be in touch.”
A spokesman for the Duchess of Cambridge told the Sunday Times that she had never seen the sketches.
In a December 2013 video called ‘How to design a Royal Wedding Dress’, posted on her website, Ms Kendall noted : “I would like to take this opportunity to share with you why I believe that without my sketches the royal wedding dress would not have looked as it did.”
Explaining her design and dating her creation to November 18, 2010, Ms Kendall added: “A very important part of creating a couture gown is to create aspects that are not easily copied and will always remain individual to that designer. To my knowledge, there is nothing similar available anywhere.”
Following the institution of proceedings at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, Ms Kendall’s solicitor Humna Nadim of Kuits told the Sunday Times: “Proceedings have been issued because 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.”
Fashion house Alexander McQueen, whose designer, Sarah Burton, was responsible for the Duchess’ dress, denies Ms Kendall’s claims.
A spokesman said: “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.”