In November 2010, soon-to-be Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton strolled into the Throne Room in St. James Palace on the arm of fiancé Prince William and stole the hearts of fashion-watchers everywhere. Her sapphire blue Issa wrap dress was perfect for the occasion: sleek and slenderizing, yet demure and oh-so-royal. Not to mention that it complemented what adorned her freshly manicured fingers: the 18-caret sapphire and diamond engagement ring that was previously worn by William’s mother, Princess Diana.
The Issa dress — designed by Brazilian Daniella Helayel — was an instant sensation, selling out in London’s Harvey Nichols within hours. The second shipment of the $535 dress, which arrived on NET-A-PORTER in early December, was gone just as fast. Then the knockoffs took over, some hitting the market for as low as $25.
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Fast-forward two-plus years. There was, of course, the extravagant Royal Wedding, and more recently the Royal Announcement we’d been waiting for: Will and Kate are expecting! And now, something we didn’t expect but are also tickled over: a new version of the Duchess’s famed engagement dress. This time for mums-to-be.
Maternity fashion website Blossom Mother & Child unveiled their version of the Issa dress: low-cut with a tie belt and a little extra fabric around the mid-section to conceal a burgeoning bump. Guaranteed to “deliver without fail every time” (pun possibly intended), the £522 Issa maternity dress hasn’t sold out quite yet, but since it’s touched by Kate simply by association, we think the buying surge will come. It always does.
Just don’t expect the future Queen of England to don the look again — that’s only what us commoners do.
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