Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Kate's Wimbledon Dress

Wimbledon tickets are generally very pretty collectors' items; I have Mr. C's 2001 ticket, an illustration of graceful ladies playing in long skirts, framed. (The ticket pictured here is from 1991.)

As tennis fans will note, being seated anywhere near the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the other day was also a hot ticket. 

Much has been made of the duchess's dress: it's off the rack!  it's now sold out!  it cost xxx amount of dollars! (pounds!)

But amid all this lobbing back and forth, I didn't read anyone saying that they actually like the dress. 

I can't say that I did: with its cascading-tennis-ball straps and its tiered skirts, which reminded me of tennis nets, the dress seemed too novel. 

So what would you suggest, then, Miss Smartypants?

I'd have dressed the duchess in this broderie anglais dress by Vivienne Westwood Anglomania:

I like its full skirt, as a slim white skirt can be too slenderizing on the duchess.  And the bow on the bateau neck would not be too jeune fille for this young bride. 

Call me, Kate, and we'll talk frocks.


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Jennifer said...

Miss Cavendish, aka Miss Smartypants ;)

I think you have the right idea. The Duchess would have done better to seek your advice; your choice is so much more flattering. Her choice seems more like something one of the Williams sisters would wear on the clay.

vicki archer said...

I like your choice better too.....xv

The Mighty J said...

I , too didn't care for the skirt overmuch on Catherine. I like your suggestion much better!

aracne said...

I agree, the Duchess doesn't need to wear anything extravagant, her beauty doesn't need it, and her position doesn't require it.
Your suggestion is much more elegant and classy.

Lana said...

While Kate's dress was cute, I much prefer your lovely choice! :)