Never Forget the *Other* Epic Gowns Kate Middleton Could Have Worn to Her Wedding

That Valentino, though 😱

Design by Betsy Farrell

Remember when Kate Middleton married Prince William and the entire world lost all semblance of chill, especially when it came to her gown? The now-Duchess ended up wearing a lace-sleeved Alexander McQueen dress by Sarah Burton—but there were plenty of other designers vying for the honor of creating her gown.

Because the combination of gorgeous fashion + Kate Middleton + a walk down memory lane is too good to resist no matter how many years later, let's take a look at what Kate's dress could have looked like if she'd gone with...

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1 Chanel

According to his quote in WWD circa 2010 , designer Karl Lagerfeld wanted Kate to wear something "very Victorian"—complete with up-to-the-neck ruffles and pink bows. We're here for it.

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2 Monique Lhuillier

Designer powerhouse Monique Lhuillier also wanted to see Kate in a gown that balanced contemporary aesthetics with traditional ones, though her option was decidedly more flouncy. 

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3 Jason Wu

Michelle Obama's go-to designer Jason Wu suggested that Kate tap into modern-day princess vibes with a dress that mixed "traditional opulence with a very clean aesthetic."

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4 Nicole Miller

One of the most out-of-the-box designs for Kate was by Nicole Miller, who wanted to pass on the "poof and froufrou" in favor of modern, sexy elegance.

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5 Gucci

Gucci designer Frida Giannini went with a simpler look, creating a boatneck gown with "clean lines, soft shapes, and classic touches."

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6 Reem Acra

There are so many ways to dress a royal bride, but Reem Acra went for a romantic play on the obvious (AKA "regal and sophisticated"), pairing a princess-shaped gown with carefully embroidered details. 

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7 Badgley Mischka

Mark Badgley and James Mischka's design for Kate was slightly on the sexy side, with an off-the-shoulder silhouette that we'd dare to call "bedazzled."


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8 Missoni

Missoni's Angela Missoni designed this absolutely stunning gown for Kate that screams "couture" and was made to enhance the Duchess' beauty through "precious fabrics."


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9 Tommy Hilfiger

The American designer created what he called a "sophisticated yet playful and modern look" for Kate, with the hope that she'd be "a vision in a mix of traditional, whimsy, and classically beautiful." 

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10 Valentino

Best for last, to be sure. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli's quote about their design is epic, so we'll let them have the final word: "We designed a 'blossoming' dress because we imagined her as a new Botticellian Venus."  Nailed it. 

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