The see-through dress worn by Kate Middleton in a charity fashion show and said to have first attracted the attention of Prince William, has been auctioned for charity and has raised £65,000 (over $105,000).
The diaphanous knitted dress helped spark Prince William’s interest in his fiancé, Kate Middleton, when they were at St. Andrew’s University together in 2002 has been sold at auction for £65,000. Including 20% buyer’s premium, the new owner of the dress paid a total of £78,000 (over $126,000) for the privilege of owning it.
And so who will now own the dress? We don’t know. The bidder, a man at the back of the salesroom in Dulwich, south-east London, would not give his name, and would only say he bought it for another man, named only as Nick from Jersey.
So why did “Nick” buy it?
“He thinks it’s an iconic piece and is very happy with the purchase,” his bidding rep stated.
Bidding for the dress, designed by fashion graduate Charlotte Todd, a graduate of the University of the West of England, and initially intended to be a skirt, began at £20,000 but had soon reached around £50,000.
When the organizers of that 2002 fashion show decided Kate Middleton should wear it as a dress as she strutted down the runway, few people in the audience could have imagined it was the first and probably last time that they would see the future queen of the United Kingom basically in her underwear. Prince William paid £200 for a front row seat at the charity event and is said to have approached Middleton after the show.
Designer, Charlotte Todd, said, “I never imagined as I sat knitting this piece it would be so important.”
She could be a name to watch out for in the future!