The Royal Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton perhaps owns one of the most famous designs in recent history. The secretiveness of her dress led to much speculation and anticipation over the lacey Alexander McQueen Bridal gown by creative director Sarah Burton.
It’s been five years since the Royal Wedding and bridal designer Christine Kendall is currently filing a lawsuit against the fashion house for allegedly stealing her design. The designer reached out to McQueen 13 months after the Royal wedding and posted a YouTube video of her original designs.
In the claim, Kendall proposes the Duchess saw her sketches before the Royal wedding which she believed was the main inspiration for Burton’s final design. The lawsuit does not involve Kate Middleton, who a Royal Spokesman said never actually saw the sketches herself.
Alexander McQueen responded to Christine Kendall’s claims releasing a statement:
“We are utterly baffled by this legal claim. Christine Kendall first approached us at Alexander McQueen almost four years ago, when we were clear with her that any suggestion Sarah Burton’s design of the royal wedding dress was copied from her designs was nonsense.
Sarah Burton never saw any of Ms Kendall’s designs or sketches and did not know of Ms Kendall before Ms Kendall got in touch with us — some 13 months after the wedding. We do not know why Ms Kendall has raised this again, but there are no ifs, buts or maybes here: this claim is ridiculous”.