UPDATED with a runway photo of Isaac Mizrahi's superb totem pole dress.
Today Kate and Will were in Yellowknife, a city in Canada's Northwest Territories. Her look was understated, a taupe unembellished dress and heels.
But the native people she met provided plenty of sartorial colorful, textural contrast, as in the image to the right.
The Dene people are well known for beautiful embroidery, using both moose tufts and porcupine quills. One of their celebrated designers is my hero from the mid-1980s, D'Arcy Moses, who made a glorious totem evening dress that I cannot find an image of, try as I might.
However, other designers have been employing (dare I say appropriating?) the totem motif to beautiful effect.
and by a humble mannequin:
But there's also Erin Wasson's very cool dress:
|as seen on thefujifiles.com|
Even Versace makes a totem-inspired frock:
and Copenhagen designers Tine Winther Rysgaard and Trine Maja Kristoffersen borrow elements as well:
But don't forget the stunning dress worn by Kathy Hartman, Miss Alaska-Universe, in 1971:
It's actually missing and its designer Leah Clemmons-Madonna would like it back.
I would love it if Princess Catherine would purchase some clothing from the Northwest territories--a parka? an embroidered pair of moccasins? a moose-tufted barrette (like I did) and wear it at home. Or wouldn't it be smashing if she wore a totem evening gown?