The Red Lace Review — Duchess Catherine and other princesses

September 24, 2011

duchess catherine red lace dress

A lot of red. A lot of lace. Not much Duchess. Photo: Tanna Stewart/Daily Mail.

Is Duchess Catherine rocking the red lace? I’m not loving it. Is it the matchy hat? The dark shoes? I’ll only whisper this, but she looks a bit c-h-e-a-p.

Is red lace just hard to wear? I remembered this gown of Princess Diana’s:

princess diana, red lace, norway 1984

Princess Diana wore red lace on her first solo overseas tour to Norway in 1984. Photo: Photographers Int'l / Majesty magazine

Diana also had a red lace cocktail number, lined in red:

princess diana red lace

Princess Diana in a Catherine Walker red lace dress. We can't see the plunging back.

Grace Kelly, in her pre-Princess days, wore red lace for Hitchcock in Dial M for Murder:

grace kelly red lace

Hitchcock chose this red lace dress to express the character's less than virtuous life.

Princess Letizia of Spain en rojo for Prince Charles’ visit to Madrid in spring 2011:

princess letizia red lace

The Prince of Wales seems happy with the red lace gown on the Princess of Asturias. Photo: Hello magazine.

Two blondes, two brunettes. Two evening gowns, three cocktail dresses. Who’s your favorite Princess in Red?

Hat tips to the Diana bloggers at Diana’s Jewels¬†and Princess Diana Remembered, and fashion blogger The Sew Convert.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Marilyn Braun September 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Absolutely love Diana in the dress from 1984, just stunning. Can’t really compare Kate’s to Diana’s because they’re such different styles.

However Kate may be taking notes from Lady Gaga with regards to that dress:


Court Jester September 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Diana looked so beautiful in that dress — it stuck in my mind all these years. She and Kate are such different people, at different ages. Few have Diana’s luminous beauty and vulnerability. Fingers crossed that Kate is grounded and will be less thrilling, leading an easier life.


Court Jester September 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Yikes for the Lady Gaga shot!!!


Court Jester September 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

EOW, The POW did a lot of hand kissing with Princess Letizia on that visit!


EyeOnWales September 25, 2011 at 1:21 am

The Prince of Wales knows that the colour red is the best one!


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