When Kate Middleton stepped out of the car infront of Westminster Abbey few could deny she looked beautiful and that her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown was a triumph of delicacy and skilled workmanship. Still, some--like us--were kind of disappointed. We felt like we'd seen this dress before. We would have liked to see something a bit more unique.
The first inspiration was inevitably Grace Kelly,
that icon of brides and commoners everywhere.
But Marie Claire UK has unconvered an even closer match to Kate's McQueen, the wedding dress worn by Isabella Orsini, the Italian goddaughter of Silvio Berlusconi, when she wed Prince Edouard de Ligne, a Belgian, a full two years before Kate and William said their "I dos." See what we mean? There's no way Kate Middleton should have worn a dress we've seen before and so often. And check out Isabella's tiara--a cool something blue, no?