Sunday 25 September 2016

The Duchess does daring - Kate Middleton bucks tradition with shoulder baring gown

Published 07/07/2016 | 08:10

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives to present the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize at the Natural History Museum in London
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives to present the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize at the Natural History Museum in London
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to present the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize at a dinner hosted at the Natural History Museum
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, leaves after announcing the Victoria and Albert Museum as the winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize at a dinner hosted at the Natural History Museum in London
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, laughs during the acceptance speech of Germany's Martin Roth the Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, as the representative of the winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge waves goodbye after announcing the Victoria and Albert Museum as the winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves after announcing the Victoria and Albert Museum as the winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize at a dinner hosted at the Natural History Museum

Kate Middleton has opted for her most daring look yet...by royal standards.

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The Duchess of Cambridge might be restricted to modest knee length skirt lengths and long sleeves, but every now and then a fashion icon has to rebel.

The mother-of-two's white knit midi length Barbara Casasola dress might have looked demure on the outside, but its off the shoulder cut means she's straying from royal tradition which requires covering up for official engagements.

It's not the first time Kate's wardrobe has ruffled royal feathers - while she might be considered one of the best dressed women in the world, her decision to refuse to follow in Queen Elizabeth's fashinable footsteps of minimising wardrobe malfunctions is said to be an issue.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to present the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize at a dinner hosted at the Natural History Museum
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to present the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize at a dinner hosted at the Natural History Museum

While the Queen famously has weights sewn into the hems of her skirts to avoid any 'Marilyn moments', the Duchess has taken a less formal approach.

She's undergone a style transformation of late, wearing designs by Princess Diana's favourite designer Catherine Walker - who designed 1,000 pieces for the late princess - to key engagements.

And she hasn't been sticking to the same number of British fashion houses she's usually relied on - wearing Dolce & Gabbana at Royal Ascot and for the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations; Banana Republic at a mental health event and the return of her favourite Spanish high street brand Zara.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves after announcing the Victoria and Albert Museum as the winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize at a dinner hosted at the Natural History Museum
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves after announcing the Victoria and Albert Museum as the winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize at a dinner hosted at the Natural History Museum
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, leaves after announcing the Victoria and Albert Museum as the winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize at a dinner hosted at the Natural History Museum in London
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, leaves after announcing the Victoria and Albert Museum as the winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize at a dinner hosted at the Natural History Museum in London
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, laughs during the acceptance speech of Germany's Martin Roth the Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, as the representative of the winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize

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