The lingerie-inspired dress that a young Kate Middleton wore almost a decade ago sold at auction today for more than $125,000, reported People. The sheer dress is rumored to be what Middleton was wearing when she caught Prince William’s eye.
Middleton wore the dress in a 2002 St. Andrews University fashion show. The designer, Charlotte Todd, was also a student at the time and made the piece as part of her coursework.
Todd told People her assignment “was called ‘The Art of Seduction,’ which is quite apt, really. I didn’t know who Kate Middleton was and I didn’t put her in it. It was just pure chance!”
The dress, which cost less than $50 to make and was originally going to be a skirt, was displayed at the Kerry Taylor Auctions Passion for Fashion sale on Thursday among other haute couture dresses worn by Princess Diana. It sold for £78,000 (or $125,884).
“I’m thrilled,” Todd said. “Everyone says that the fashion show was when the romance started and when she bagged her prince, so a small part of me will always be part of royal history. It’s madness!”
RadarOnline.com reports the new owner of the dress hasn’t been identified and was bidding anonymously through a buyer. The buyer revealed that the bidder “thinks it’s an iconic piece and is very happy with the purchase.”