Alice Temperley on dressing the duchess: 'The importance of Kate can't be underestimated'

Having the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, wear your designs is a thrill and honour unlike any, and Alice Temperley experienced just that when the royal visited India and Bhutan on tour this year. Kate wore not one but two outfits by the acclaimed British fashion designer.

Speaking to HELLO! Fashion Monthly about the royal seal of approval, Alice says: "It was a lovely surprise. It always is. Naturally, I'm flattered; the importance [of Kate] can't be underestimated."

Kate Middleton in an Alice Temperley dress

But more often than not, Alice isn't aware that Kate is going to be wearing her designs. "She does wear our clothes a lot, but it's not planned. You don't know if she is going to wear something until the photographs appear," she tells us.

When it comes to fashion, Alice thinks Kate "is doing a great job. I think it's very clever the way she mixes designers and high street, and wears a broad array of labels."

Alice Temperley

Kate isn't the only famous fan of Alice's designs; a host of celebrities have sported her dresses, something Alice insists on being organic.

"We don't pay people to wear our clothes, and we don't advertise," she tells us.

"If celebrities wearing something it's because they want to. They borrow clothes or pre-order. The nicest thing is that our clients go from young girls and women like Pippa Middleton, Olga Kurylenko, Olivia Grant, Kate Hudson, Amber Heard, Laura Bailey and Caroline Issa, all the way through to Meryl Streep."

Kate Middleton in another Alice Temperley dress

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