ROYALS | All About The Making Of Kate Middleton’s Latest Little Black Dress

The chic retro-style black dress by Kate Middleton to a performance of Dear Evan Hansen was made-to-measure with very specific detailing.

When Kate Middleton wore a classic little black dress to the theater earlier this week, it had more than one hidden design element.

The 1950s-style black boucle dress, which featured a pleated skirt and sparkly buttons from the vintage-inspired British couture label Eponine London, featured a hidden floral lining and a discreet button swap.

‘The inside of that dress is just spectacular’, Jet Shenkman, founder and creative director of the brand, tells People Magazine. ‘I think a dress needs to be as luxurious inside as it is on the outside – and hers featured a lovely cow parsley print, just in bloom’.

Attending a special performance of Dear Evan Hansen at the Noel Coward Theatre alongside Prince Williams on Tuesday, the royal mom added a touch of sparkle to the chic understated dress with glittery Jimmy Choo heels and a matching clutch.

‘It was very pretty and it was to see her in black , I thought that was a nice change’, reveals the former stylist, who is based in Kate’s London neighborhood of Kensington.

Originally part of the designer’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection, the dress, which featured a subtle sparkle, coincidently had a royal theme long before Kate had ever set eyes on it, with crown motif silver buttons.

‘We decided to change the buttons and use something a little more sparkly’, Shenkman confirms, adding that the original crown buttons ‘would not have been entirely suitable’.

Founded in 2021, Epoine London (named after her family’s favorite Les Miserable character) has been by Kate several times since she discovered the small brand in 2016,  wearing a retro-inspired red and white gingham skirt suit by the label. ‘It literally changed our business overnight’, recalls Shenkman. ‘We never, ever take it for granted – it really is just the biggest compliment for us and we feel so grateful’.

While the designer remains tight-lipped on how involved Kate is in the design process, she does say that most of her couture customers come to see her several times – for an initial consultation, a toile fitting and at least one proper fitting, sometimes two.

‘I would rather remain discreet about the specifics, but I can say that she is incredible nice, very warm and very kind, really just how she comes across in public’, she shares.


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