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Royal Wedding: How fast can you knock off Kate Middleton's dress?

April 29, 2011 | 12:21 pm

 

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While some of us watched the royal wedding with a ceremonial cup of tea in our hand, others were watching with a pencil and sketchbook. These were the wedding dress copiers -- or those "inspired" by the wedding dress -- those who are going to make sure brides have access to a version of Kate Middleton’s dress in as little as four to eight weeks.

David’s Bridal House plans to have a prototype of the dress in the works by the end of this weekend, so does the New York City-based dress label Faviana, where head designer Shala Moradi told the New York Post that she will have a sample ready to ship off to China for production by Sunday night.

Don O’Neill, the creative director of Manhattan-based Theia was bold enough to start production on a “Kate” dress before the wedding. His vision has some similarities to the actual dress Middleton wore -- long, transparent sleeves for example. But he’s prepared to get June brides a more accurate version of Kate’s dress in as little as two to four weeks. He’s had a lace manufacturer and embroiderers on call for weeks.

Photo gallery: Royal wedding coverage

For those who can’t wait, the new invitation-only online shopping site I-ELLA.com has a dress that captures the feel of Kate Middleton’s gown on sale for $1,900. It’s a previously worn ivory dress made from French Alencon lace accented with tiny pearls. It was designed by Angela Cakiades for Melissa Fedor, former bridal and ready-to-wear editor of Women’s Wear Daily. But hurry, it’s one of a kind.

A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz will auction off a one-of-a-kind dress inspired by Middleton’s gown Friday night at the Annual Race to Erase MS event at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in L.A.  Bidding is open through Monday, May 16 at http://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/259485.

-- Deborah Netburn

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Photo: Previously worn wedding dress by designer Angela Cakiades. Credit: I-ELLA.com

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