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Alexander McQueen hits back at lawsuit claims it copied designs by English bridal designer for royal wedding

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Published 25/04/2016 | 09:16

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Kate Middleton at her 2011 wedding
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Alexander McQueen is defending itself against claims of copying designs by an English bridal designer for Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding gown.

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British bridal designer Christine Kendall is suing the fashion house for an alleged breach of copyright after a claim was filed at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in London, according to a report in The Sunday Times.

The Hertfordshire based designer claims the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown was based on her sketches which were “unfairly taken and copied” by the globally successful fashion house.

However, a spokesman for McQueen said the house views the lawsuit as "ridiculous".

Kate Middleton with Prince William at their 2011 wedding
Kate Middleton with Prince William at their 2011 wedding

“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," a spokesperson for McQueen told website WWD.

“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 if’s, buts or maybes here: This claim is ridiculous," added the spokesperson.

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The long sleeved lace dress, was designed by creative director Sarah Burton and handmade in the McQueen studio in London. Its final design was kept secret until Catherine appeared at Westminster Abbey in 2011.

Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, pictured at a personal shopping event in New York
Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, pictured at a personal shopping event in New York

At the time, Sarah shared her delight at the once in a lifetime commission: “It came completely out of the blue, it was very exciting, and I felt very privileged.”

In 2012, she was awarded an OBE, or The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire honour, for services to the fashion industry at Buckingham Palace.

Pippa Middleton at the royal wedding in 2011
Pippa Middleton at the royal wedding in 2011

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