Big bucks for royal bride’s skimpy dress
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.