Like Mother-in-law, Like Daughter-in-law?

Dare we ask, who wore it best? The Duchess of Cambridge’s wardrobe is under constant scrutiny, and the frock she wore to The Sun Military Awards was no exception. Kate Middleton stepped out in an Alexander McQueen strapless black velvet gown, which drew immediate comparison to the Elizabeth and David Emmanuel gown worn by the late Princess of Wales 30 years before.

In 1981, the then Lady Diana Spencer donned the dress – created by the designers of her famed wedding gown- for her first public engagement: a fundraiser at The Royal Opera House. Museo de la Mod bought the frock for £192,000 last year. It was the star lot at an auction of items from the Emanuels’ archive. Although made of satin, the style similarities are undeniable with both dresses featuring ruffled embellishment and a sweetheart neckline. Even Kate’s bling harkened back to the diamond accessories worn by Diana, including of course the same renowned sapphire engagement ring.

Style watchers are already making much of Middleton’s choice, musing about a move toward the ubiquitous fashion favourite, black. Either way, like her mother-in-law before her, there will be much ado about Kate’s mode  for years to come.

-Tara Losinski