Big bucks for royal bride’s skimpy dress

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SOLD: De­signer Char­lotte Todd with the dress A SEE-THROUGH dress worn by royal bride-to-be Kate Mid­dle­ton at a fash­ion show while she was at univer­sity with Bri­tain’s Prince Wil­liam sold at auc­tion Thurs­day for £ 78,000 ($ 126,000).

The knit­ted gown, worn by Ms Mid­dle­ton at the show at­tended by Prince Wil­liam in 2002, was sold to a pri­vate c o l l e c t o r f r o m J e r s e y , a Bri­tish is­land off the coast of north-west­ern France.

Prince Wil­liam, who was al­ready a friend, was in the au­di­ence at the fash­ion show and it is ru­moured the strik­ing dress was in­stru­men­tal in turn­ing the friend­ship into a ro­mance.

The pair were both study­ing at the Univer­sity of St. An­drews in Scot­land.

In re­sponse to the many ques­tions about the buyer, the suc­cess­ful proxy bid­der said: ‘‘ He thinks it’s an iconic piece and is very happy with the pur­chase.’’

The gar­ment, de­signed and made by stu­dent Char­lotte Todd, was ini­tially in­tended as a skirt, but the show’s or­gan­is­ers de­cided it would be bet­ter as a dress.

The Pas­sion for Fash­ion auc­tion also in­cluded two gowns worn by Wil­liam’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

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