There are few dresses in recent memory — perhaps in history — as famous as Kate Middleton's custom Alexander McQueen wedding gown by Creative Director Sarah Burton. Now, five years later, another designer has filed a lawsuit claiming the design was a knockoff of one of her own.
Christine Kendall, a Hertfordsdshire-based bridal designer, has filed a claim against the fashion brand at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in London. In it, the designer says she presented the Duchess of Cambridge with her sketches before the Royal wedding, which she believes served as inspiration for Burton's final product. Kendall is careful to make clear that this lawsuit doesn't involve Kate Middleton, with her solicitor telling the International Business Times, "This claim is not against the duchess and there is no allegation of wrongdoing against the palace." (For their part, a spokesperson for the Royal family says Middleton herself never saw the sketches, either.)
This isn't the first time Kendall has made such claims: About 13 months after the Royal wedding, she reached out to McQueen regarding the alleged similarity in design. She also has a series of YouTube videos regarding her original design.
Alexander McQueen has released the following statement regarding the lawsuit:
We are utterly baffled by this legal claim. 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. Sarah Burton never saw any of Ms Kendall's designs or sketches and did not know of Ms Kendall before Ms Kendall got in touch with us — some 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.