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In the end the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress turned out to be more Princess Grace than Diana, Princess of Wales - less fairytale and meringue-like, and more demure and Victorian-esque.. The timeless design, incorporating an intricate lace bodice, a fitted bustier and a full skirt is likely to inspire other dresses too. Terms and conditions apply and further application details can be found on the Daily Mail's website.

The race to create inspired versions of Kate Middleton's bridal gown means designers will be working flat out to produce their own interpretations of the dress in order sell cut price "copies." Its timeless and iconic design is likely to inspire many fashion designers, not just those who create bridalwear, however, so expect to see certain influences cross over into mainstream women's fashion.

Lace will be a big fashion trend for 2011Just hours after Kate Middleton first revealed her stunning wedding dress to the world, designers around the globe were rushing to create copies of the Alexander McQueen dress. The lace trend has already proved to be a key trend for both fall 2010 and spring 2011 but thanks to Kate Middleton, it looks set to continue.

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Sarah Burton's design for the Alexander McQueen label has not only created a desire for similar wedding dresses, but its influence will soon be seen in various guises on the High Street in general. Lashings of lace, V-neck long-sleeved bodices and full skirts are likely to be a popular feature in evening gowns, as elements of this understated and iconic dress will translate easily into eveningwear. The skirt, featuring petal-like pleats and arches similar to the opening of a flower, can be easily replicated on evening gowns and even day dresses.

Duchess of Cambridge's Wedding Dress to Influence Women's Fashion

Appleyard, Diana. The UK's Daily Mail challenged the bespoke British wedding couturier Annette Carey to create a copy-cat dress in only 6 hours.

The fact that the wedding dress hails from the house of Alexander McQueen will also give a further boost to this iconic label and its future collections.


Proceeds from the raffle tickets will go to the Help for Heroes charity, a cause dear to Prince William's heart.

The intricate lace on the Duchess of Cambridge wedding dress will ensure that lace continues to be a big fashion trend for some time to come. Applications can be made by text at a cost of 1.00 per text or by telephone and leaving your personal details. "Copy Kate: We challenged a designer to recreate the Duchess's gown - and she did it in just six hours," Daily Mail, May 2, 2011.

Live Coverage of the Royal Wedding, BBC News, April 29th, 2011.

Many replica dresses will come from China and will take several weeks before they hit the high-street stores. However, expect the dress to also influence women's fashion in general, giving this season's lace trend a welcome boost, along with demand for flower-like full-skirted silhouettes.

Given that the Royal Wedding was one of the most televised events ever, many brides-to-be are likely to want to chanel their own piece of Kate Middleton's style. The closing date is May 6th, 2011 at 23.59 GMT and after that time the winner will be the first name randomly selected. One replica, however, has already been created in the UK and is being raffled off for charity, in aid of Help for Heroes

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