Skip to main content

copycat kate wedding dressChristopher Furlong, Getty Images | Mark Renders , Getty Images

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."

More Royal Wedding News:

William and Kate Depart for Honeymoon in Seychelles

Pippa Makes More Waves as Bikini Pics Emerge

Prince William and Kate Adopt a Penguin

The Kate Middleton Royal Wedding Doll Is Here!

Pippa Goes Shirtless, Dances in Her Bra

Wiggly Worm Is Secret to Official Royal Wedding Portraits

Don't Like Princess Beatrice's Hat? Too Bad, Says Designer

Kate Loses More Weight (Thanks to Photoshop)

Kate's Royal Wedding Perfume Revealed

What Happened After the Kiss(es): First Dance, Speeches & More

10 Things You Should Know About Pippa Middleton

Pippa's Glamorous Green Royal Wedding Reception Dress

Kate's Second Royal Wedding Dress for Reception

This Royal Wedding Bridesmaid Is Not Happy

Pippa Middleton's White Hot Royal Wedding Dress

Royal Wedding Videos

  • Laurie

    one is a dress with lace sleeves
    the other is a strapless dress with a sheer bolero jacket
    Did one inspire the other?????

  • Dee

    She didn't design the gown - Sarah Burton did.

  • missjean

    The dresses are NOT the same!!!!

  • Anne Kearney

    The dresses were both white - and that is where the resemblance ends.

  • Paula

    OMG she wasn't the first!?!? What a fkin loser!!!!!!!!! But seriously, what is this article about? Everything's been done once. Can't we just wish her a happy marriage and leave her alone?

  • Arvide

    So what?

  • babette

    Why do people have to throw cold water on someone's happiness?

  • Samantha Fico

    Ok like seriouslly!!!! WHO GIVES A DAMN!!!!! THEY DONT EVEN LIVE IN THE US!!! Why dont people care about kids getting kidnapped or our soldiers going back.. Seriouslly its a stupid dress!!!!! GET LIVES!!!!

  • nick

    serious,do people have anything better to do with their time. its call get a life and let her enjoy being married. who cares if they are a like or different. it was her day and if she likes a dress, wear the dress.

  • Anne Decker

    The article does not state the dress was an "exact replica". This is nothing against Kate SO STOP DEFENDING HER! It is absurd for anyone to claim these dresses are not EXTREMELY SIMILAR. The only person who should be ashamed and embarrassed is the designer who took credit for "an original", unless Kate actually viewed this dress prior to making a selection and described the style to the designer. Regardless, NONE OF US know exactly how the similarities came about, so stop acting like you do. The point is that the similarities outweigh the differences. In music, this is would be copyright infringement which can be as simple as the melody of one refrain.

  • John

    Not the same dress. Now let's think about it for a minute... how many different length sleeve can there really be in a dress. You can go sleeveless, short sleeve, or long sleeve? Am I wrong?
    The two dresses have many differences.

  • Karen

    1. They are different dresses
    2. And most important Kate Middleton looks better:)

  • Maria

    Give me a brake!! The dresses are different. Kate made a beautiful bride, dress and all. Kates' dress is lower at the neck (back), front has a curve design as it come down in the front.

  • undrgrndgirl

    seriously how much can you do with a royal wedding dress? it has to have long sleeves to go into west has to be white, it has to be chaste, it has to be long and it has to have a huge train...kinda keeps the "creativity" to a minimum...

  • Tom

    Why are so many people infatuated with this crap?
    How do the designer, seamstress, and final look of Kate's dress affect the world?
    Will they change international politics or feed the starving children in Africa?
    Will they employ US citizens or put put people back in their foreclosed homes?

    I have more than grown weary of this drivel.
    Wannabes and the media need to get lives of their own.

    The Britsh "royalty" are artifacts of past eras and have no value in the modern world other than to drain money from England's economy.

  • Scp

    Why does anyone care about Kate Middleton? She means nothing to us in the USA. Her marriage won't last long anyway. They never do. Time to move on people.

  • audis4yd

    Kate's lace bodice and sleeves look classy and classic. Orsini's look very...well... material you would find at JoAnn Fabrics...those buttons on her sleeve near her wrist are HUGE....Kate's dress is definitely more of a Grace Kelly throw back than a Orsini Copy!

  • Chris

    Kate's dress is wonderful, and so is Kate. Why must everyone make comparisons and talk?
    Stop all this, it is not nice (to put it mildly). Period.

  • Roger

    It really doesn't matter if her dress was a copy, influenced by some other designer, or was something she bought second-hand at a thrift shop. What DID matter was the fact that she looked beautiful in it. Probably more importantly, William thought so too.

  • JaneB3

    Classic elegance beautifully designed and made usually isn't original. Clue: that's why
    it is a "classic."


Add Your Comments

  • New Users
  • Returning

If you are posting a comment for the first time, please enter your name and email address in the fields above. Your name will be displayed with your comment. Your email address will never be displayed.

Add Your Comment

Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.

When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.

To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br /> tags.