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Kate Middleton's sheer dress that she wore to the annual St. Andrews University charity fashion show in 2002 is slated to hit the block at Kerry Taylor Auctions in London come Thursday -- and it could fetch anywhere from $11,000 to $14,000.
The frock was rumored to have caught Prince William's eye at the time, who was said to have been seated front row. The woman responsible for the see-through number, Charlotte Todd, previously told the AP, "If it is true that my design helped change the Prince's interest in Kate from platonic to romantic as has been reported, then I am pleased to have played a part -- however minor. I never would have imagined as I sat knitting this piece that one day it would be so important." In fact, Todd wasn't interested in helming a fashion house or anything of the like. She currently works in the gift shop at a Bristol aquarium.
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Kate's dress won't be the only item up for grabs. It will be in good company alongside a Zandra Rhodes pink chiffon dinner gown and a Catherine Walker foral white lace evening gown both worn by Princess Diana and a beaded Chanel cape belonging to Anna Piaggi. But Kate's style statement will probably steal the show. Writes Robin Givhan:
What distinguishes Middleton's dress (and that term is being used loosely here) is its lack of seductive finesse. It's a look-at-me, sexual shout-out, reflecting both the youth of the wearer--Middleton is now 29--and the culture of its times. It resembles the sort of going-out garb young women weaned on "Sex and the City" might choose. It recalls Carrie Bradshaw's blurring of the lines between high fashion, low style, and kooky costume: a cultural moment when bra straps were accessories, tutus became skirts, and a pair of knit knickers were perfectly acceptable "pants" for a night trawling the clubs.
Take a look at Todd with the dress. You can spot a picture of Kate wearing it in the background.
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