Christine Kendall, a designer from Hertfordshire, England, is reportedly suing luxury fashion label Alexander McQueen and Sarah Burton for copying the wedding dress sketch she submitted in 2011 for Kate Middleton’s wedding. The Sunday Times reports Kendall has filed a breach of copyright claim with London’s Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. She claims her ideas were used to create the duchess’ bridal gown.
It features an ivory satin bodice with floral appliques on a silk netting. “Our client is certain that her company’s design was unfairly taken and copied,” her lawyer said. “The claim is not against the Duchess and there is no allegation of wrongdoing against the palace.”
Alexander McQueen responded to the accusation in a statement, calling it nonsense.
“We are utterly baffled by this legal claim,” a McQueen spokesperson said. “Christine Kendall first approached us at Alexander McQueen almost four years ago, when we were clear with her that any suggestion Sarah Burton’s design of the royal wedding dress was copied from her designs was nonsense. Sarah Burton never saw any of Ms Kendall’s designs or sketches and did not know of Ms Kendall before Ms Kendall got in touch with us—some 13 months after the wedding. We do not know why Ms Kendall has raised this again, but there are no ifs, buts or maybes here: this claim is ridiculous.”