Dress like a royal! Kate Middleton’s go-to label Alexander McQueen is now available to buy second-hand on Vestiaire Collective – including a £178 tartan skirt and £375 sleeveless tuxedo jacket
- Alexander McQueen has partnered with resale platform Vestiaire Collective
- Launched ‘Brand Approved’ scheme which will see Alexander McQueen boutiques contacting select clients to sell back their pre-loved pieces
- Pieces are inspected and authenticated by the house before being listed on site
- Exchanged for a credit note that can be used to buy new items from stores
- Luxury label designed Kate Middleton’s iconic wedding gown in April 2011
The Duchess of Cambridge’s much-loved label, Alexander McQueen, is now available to buy second-hand.
Alexander McQueen – the luxury house behind Kate Middleton’s iconic wedding gown and the go-to of the royal since her marriage to Prince William in April 2011 – has partnered up with resale platform Vestiaire Collective to allow shoppers to purchase ‘pre-loved’ designer clothes, handbags and shoes from previous collections.
The website has only previously worked directly with consumers and sellers, but the sustainability-focused platform’s ‘Brand Approved’ scheme will see Alexander McQueen boutiques contacting select clients to sell back their pieces.
These will be inspected and authenticated by the house before being listed on the Vestiaire site and app with denotation that the pieces are ‘brand-approved,’ and then exchanged for a credit note that can be used to buy new items from the designer’s stores.
Among the first designs available are the timeless tartan skirt which featured in the Fall/Winter 2006 collection by the late designer, which can be bought for £178.54, and a sleeveless wool tuxedo jacket from Sarah Burton’s first show as creative director for Spring/Summer 2011, which is on sale for £375.40.
A model walks the runway during the Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2011 show during Paris Fashion Week at on October 5, 2010 in Paris, France
Models walk the catwalk at the Alexander McQueen fashion show at Paris Fashion Week (Pret-a-Porter) Autumn/Winter 2006/7 on March 3, 2006 in Paris, Franc
A sleeveless wool tuxedo jacket from Sarah Burton’s first show as creative director for Spring/Summer 2011 is on sale for £375.40 (pictured left) and a tartan skirt which featured in the Fall/Winter 2006 collection by the late designer can be bought for £178.54 (right)
Vestiaire Collective co-founder and president Fanny Moizant commented: ‘There is an urgent need to address the way we currently produce and consume fashion.’
‘Our ‘Brand Approved’ programme offers a sustainable solution, reinforcing the importance of durability, whilst empowering first-hand fashion players to disrupt their linear business models and embrace circularity.’
Emmanuel Gintzburger, the CEO Alexander McQueen, added. ‘Alexander McQueen is committed to a move towards circular practice, both in the design studio and in the development of new business models.’
‘We are delighted to be the first house in the world to collaborate with Vestiaire Collective on its Brand Approved programme and to give beautifully crafted pieces a new story.’
This suit jacket from the FW 11 collection was collected through a circular collaboration with Alexander McQueen to give it a second life, and is priced at £654.65
A pair of black leather boots are priced £246,65, while a silk red patterned maxi dress from the FW 18 collection is listed for £589.21
The luxury fashion house was founded by British designer Lee Alexander McQueen in 1992 and taken over by creative director Sarah Burton following his sudden death in 2010.
Kate worked closely with Burton to create the lace and satin custom-made gown worn on her wedding day, estimated to have cost around £250,000.
The Duchess has continued to commission the label to create bespoke clothing for official events, as well as customising ready-to-wear pieces and accessories.
In February 2020, Kate dazzled in a stunning white and gold McQueen gown at the Bafta awards – which she first wore in 2012. The gown was tweaked slightly to make it subtly different from its first outing eight years ago.
Kate worked closely with Sarah Burton to create the lace and satin custom-made gown worn on her wedding day in 2011 (pictured), estimated to have cost around £250,000
In February 2020, Kate dazzled in a stunning white and gold McQueen gown at the Bafta awards (right) which she first wore in 2012 (left) on the Diamond Jubilee Tour in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kate reached for a familiar McQueen favourite when getting dressed for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May 2018, donning a primrose yellow silk tailored coat by the fashion house (pictured)
The team behind What Kate Wore pointed out the iteration featured more structured shoulders and more fitted sleeves than the original, which was worn to a state dinner in Malaysia in 2012. The sleeves of the BAFTA gown were also lined, taking away the sheer effect of the original.
The mother-of-three added a touch of glamour to the outfit by pairing it with new accessories, including a pair of shimmering £525 Jimmy Choo glitter heels and an Anya Hindmarch clutch bag, as well as a new jewellery set.
Kate reached for a familiar McQueen favourite when getting dressed for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May 2018.
She wore a primrose yellow silk tailored coat by McQueen that she’d previously worn on no less than three high profile occasions.
The royal was first seen in the designer piece for the christening of Princess Charlotte back in July 2015 and again a year later for the Trooping of the Colour in June 2016.
Kate wore the coat once again a year later for the Trooping of the Colour in June 2016, paired with a large fascinator with a pastel pink flower
Kate donned a stunning pale pink satin McQueen dress at the wedding of her sister, Pippa Middleton, to James Matthews in May 2017
The royal wore similar McQueen ensembles to the christenings of all three of her children. Pictured left to right, Kate at the Christenings of Prince George in 2013, Princess Charlotte in 2015 and Prince Louis in 2018
At Princess Charlotte’s Christening in 2015, she wore the primrose yellow silk tailored coat to the ceremony at St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham.
Kate teamed her investment piece with an over-sized Philip Treacy hat and Jimmy Choo heels.
For Prince George’s Christening in October 2013, Kate wore a stunning cream ruffled suit by Alexander McQueen.
The Duchess once again wore McQueen to the the baptism of her third child Prince Louis in July 2018 at the Chapel Royal in St James’ Palace, donning a cream coat dress.
She teamed the ensemble with a very striking hat by Jane Taylor, consisting of a wide cream band trimmed with white flowers, and accessorised with new pearl cluster earrings.
The Duchess also donned a stunning satin McQueen dress at the wedding of her sister Pippa Middleton to James Matthews in May 2017.
In 2019, the royal wore McQueen clothing and accessories publicly on 17 different high-profile occasions.
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