Haven't we seen Kate's pageant dress somewhere before Kim Kardashian and Tulisa have BOTH worn Duchess of Cambridge's Alexander McQueen dress (though theirs were a lot racier)
07:08 GMT, 4 June 2012
The Duchess of Cambridge is never afraid to wear something that might not be bang up to the minute.
The majority of the clothes she wears are classic pieces that might be from one or two, even three seasons ago. But they are united in the fact that they suit Kate to a tee.
So it is no surprise that Kate chose a piece from Alexander McQueen's 2011 collection for her appearance on board the royal barge in the Queen's Jubilee pageant today.
What is surprising though, is that the Duchess seemed to have taken style inspiration from two most unlikely celebrities.
De-ja vu: The Duchess of Cambridge's Alexander
McQueen dress has previously been worn in sleeveless form by Kim
Kardashian, centre, and Tulisa Contostavlos, right, though 5ft 10in Kate had her version made longer to suit the occasion
Kate's red Alexander McQueen dress, which she accessorised with her trusty LK Bennett nude heels and a Lock & Co hat – has been worn on two occasions in the past year since it made its debut on the spring/summer 2011 catwalk back in February 2010.
The first was X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos, who wore a sleeveless version of the dress for the reality show's auditions last July.
She wore the piece, with its flattering pleated skirt and neat peplum, with minimal accessories – just black stilettos and a slick of red lipstick finished off the look for Tulisa.
The long and short of it: The original Alexander McQueen version was sleeveless, and much shorter than the one Kate wore today
An even less likely style twin for Kate is Kim Kardashian, who the Sarah Burton-designed dress for a night out in New York in August.
Her personal take on the piece was a world away from Kate's demure interpretation.
Like Tulisa, Kim's dress was sleeveless, and the skirt even shorter – which is how the design looked when it was unveiled in the collection last year.
Early reports suggest that Kate, who at 5ft 10in is a full eight inches taller than 5ft 2in Kim – had her own bespoke version of the dress custom made for today's appearance.
Kate's pageant take on the dress had a longer hemline, taking it to just above the knee, long sleeves and a boat neckline.
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