Five years after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tied the knot, a fashion designer is claiming that Alexander McQueen, the designer of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, copied the design.
Christine Kendall, who runs a small studio in London, has filed a lawsuit against the fashion label, accusing it of being in breach of copyright. “Proceedings have been issued because our client is certain that her company’s design was unfairly taken and copied,” Kendall’s lawyer said. “This claim is not against the duchess and there is no allegation of wrongdoing against the palace.”
There is, however, a pretty severe claim against the British design house, and in particular its popular creative director, Sarah Burton, who originally came up with the concept.
A spokesperson for the label has utterly rebutted the claims though, asserting that everyone at Alexander McQueen is “baffled” by the implication of wrongdoing. “Christine Kendall first approached us at Alexander McQueen almost four years ago, when we were clear with her that any suggestion Sarah Burton’s design of the royal wedding dress was copied from her designs was nonsense.” The statement also noted that Burton never saw any of Kendall’s designs or sketches and did not know of Kendall before Kendall got in touch nearly 13 months after the wedding. “We do not know why Ms. Kendall has raised this again, but there are no ifs, buts or maybes here: this claim is ridiculous.” Considering Kendall didn’t bring her first claim up for more than a year following the royal wedding and there is so far zero proof that Burton copied anything, we have to wonder if this is a case of a small-time designer simply trying to get her name in the papers. Mission accomplished.