Cheeky Kate Middleton dress goes on show in coup for American Museum in Britain

By Laura Burgess | 04 July 2011
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Kate Middleton is widely thought to have caught Prince William's eye in a dress originally designed to be a skirt © American Museum in Britain and Getty Images
It was only a few months ago that the nation was gripped in excitement for the wedding of the year.

Everyone was buzzing, obsessed with the minute details – where the couple met, who had received an invite and, perhaps most importantly, who would design Kate Middleton’s dress.

With Royal Wedding fever fading, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are heading to Canada and the United States for their first royal visit as a couple, and another special dress – thought to be the one which helped Kate Middleton catch the Prince’s eye – has gone on display at the American Museum in Britain in Bath.

The diaphanous sheath dress Kate wore on the catwalk of the University of St Andrews’ charity fashion show in 2002 will be a high-profile highlight of the museum's collection during its 50th anniversary celebrations.

The garment was designed by Charlotte Todd of Bristol while she was studying at the University of the West of England for the project The Art of Seduction.

Knitted in black and gold silk yarns with turquoise bands at the top and bottom, it was originally intended as a skirt. It was Kate who decided to turn it into a dress.

The unique number recently sold at auction for £78,000 to Nicholas Roberts, the nephew of collector David Gainsborough Roberts.

His comprehensive collection of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, including iconic gowns, is also on show at the Museum in his exhibition Marilyn - Hollywood Icon (see our Preview).
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