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When Kate Middleton arrived at Westminster Abbey wearing her highly anticipated wedding dress, fashion-savvy watchers immediately thought, Oh! Grace Kelly.

The long-sleeved gown with English and French Chantilly lace appliqué bodice and satin gazar pleated skirt by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen paid homage to the dress the Hollywood star wore when she married the Prince of Monaco in 1956.

But apparently we didn't have to go back 50 years in sartorial history to find the royal wedding's garment twin. Actress Isabella Orsini, goddaughter of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, married Belgian Prince Edouard de Ligne in 2009 wearing an uncanny lookalike, the Daily Mail points out.

Made by Belgian designer Gerald Watelet, Orsini's dress, like Kate's, featured a lace bodice, long sleeves and an impressive train. Both brides also donned veils and sparkling tiaras. Although Kate's Cartier "Halo" tiara, which was borrowed from the Queen, can't be matched.

European newspapers and magazines have dubbed the duchess "Copycat Kate." But Orsini doesn't mind the similarities.

The brunette beauty told Italian magazine Novella 2000: "As soon as the Duchess of Cambridge went out to go to church, I thought her dress was a copy of mine." Adding, "It means Kate Middleton has good taste."

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  • molly.gardner

    They are close Http:// but I can see some differences.

  • D

    There are very decisive differences. The lace on Orsini's dress stops under the breast line (like a bolero jacket style), whereas Kate's lace is the full bodice. Also, the lace pattern is very different and there are many more appliques in the lace (look at the arms). Definitely NOT a copy cat dress.

  • Deanna

    I agree. Kate's dress has a lace bodice. The other is a white lace shrug sewn over an ivory bodice. In wedding dress terms, not even close. Not newsworthy.

  • bjp

    Who cares. After all this time there can be no such thing as an original dress. It was attractive and looked good on her. What else counts.

  • Lindsay

    Kate's is much more refined and classic. Definitely not a copy of Orsini's!

  • Susan

    I agree with you. Kate's dress was beautiful and one of a kind. in my book. Let's face it, one could could always manage to find a resemblance with almost everything on earth.

  • Judy

    Kates dress was definitely more beautiful than Orsini's dress also two different designers

  • lucitee

    The most OBVIOUS difference is, the neck-line on Kates dress is MUCH more classic and flatters
    her MUCH better than the "draped" look on the other dress. NO WAY could you compare the two if you had even a smidging of "style sense"! Kates dress is stunning! The ONLY thing I would have changed, would be to use a smooth undergarment in the bust area! There is a slight pucker there that should NOT be! Over-all, Kate, her dress, William, the wedding, the entire event was one of the most beautiful I have EVER seen coming our of ANY royal family! May God bless them ALL and keep them forever in his care!

  • Sandra Higginbotham

    Oh for crying out loud. They're completely different. Why didn't you show the entire dress?
    Y'all will stretch for anything to put in the news. RIDICULOUS!!!!!! Do you really think the public is that stupid? And even if the dresses were alike, WHY is that newsworthy? Y'all drive me up the wall with your idiocy!!!!!!

  • Diana

    Well Said. I too would like to see the picture of both dresses. Picky, picky, picky!

  • ATrenner

    Don't like it, don't read it. Driving your blood pressure through the roof by reading stories that annoy you is the ultimate in IDIOCY.

  • Wendy

    Sandra, I LOVE your comment! You are so totally right on about the whole dang thing! Bravo to you, and thanks for saying exactly what I was thinking.

  • L.A.

    Kate's dress is much more beautiful! :)

  • Susan

    So what if the other dress was inspiration for Kate's lovely gown? There's not much new in the world, unless you want to go with outrageous just to be "different". Kate made the dress her own, and there are actually many differences visible on your little photo side-by-side. But as I said, who cares?

  • trish

    No she did not copy the other brides dress, they are clearly different. The other dress was very pretty also, but her sleves were embroidered and Kate's were lace, not the same, Kate's skirt section had a pleat efect, the other bride's was bunched up sort of like a balloon, and the veil TOTALY different. Kate's dress was all her own and beautiful

  • andre bravin

    People, don't you guys have better thing to do? Look at both dresses, they don't even resemble each other. Jeeezzzzz

  • suzy

    yes they do hello.........

  • suzyQ

    Well, if she did, then they BOTH copied Grace Kelly. But no matter. They are all beautiful.

  • Pamela

    Who wouldn't want to copy Grace Kelly's wedding dress???

  • Deb



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