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Kate Middleton’s Erdem Dress Was Actually Inspired By The Queen

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The Erdem number has a fascinating history

Kate Middleton had a solo engagement yesterday as she went to the Victoria and Albert museum to see its new Photography Centre. She wore Erdem earrings and a tweed dress by the same brand, with an off the shoulder neckline that might remind you of her sister-in-law Meghan Markle, who is a big fan of a boatneck.

But it’s actually Queen Elizabeth, Kate’s grandmother-in-law who inspired the dress, in fact Erdem’s entire Spring 2018 collection was based on a meeting between the Queen and American jazz pianist Duke Ellington in 1958.

‘Her father King George VI] had been a huge fan of [Duke Ellington]’s music, and when they met, he was so enamored with her that he wrote a piece of music called “The Queen’s Suite,”’ Erdem Moralioglu said, [according to The Telegraph.

‘Thinking about The Cotton Club, and Harlem, and Dorothy Dandridge, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday,’ he added. ‘What if she went to New York, and what if Dorothy Dandridge ended up in Buckingham Palace?’ And so Erdem designed a collection inspired by their meeting.

Erdem is also one of the designers rumoured to be making Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress, with Kate wearing the label so close the Eugenie’s wedding – does this mean that the bride-to-be herself won’t be going with Erdem?

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Eugenie wore the label in her official engagement pictures, but we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see if she goes with Erdem on her and Jack Brooksbank’s big day.