Kate Middleton’s see-through dress she wore at 2002 college fashion show seduced Prince William

Odette Odendaal
Jan 09, 2019
10:59 A.M.
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Whether Kate Middleton meant to catch the romantic eye of Prince William when they were both still studying at St Andrews in Scotland or not, Kate’s risque outfit during a student fashion catwalk did the trick.


The couple met back in 2001 and was part of the same friend's circle, but it wasn’t until the fashion show in 2002 when Kate modeled various outfits by the fashion designer, Charlotte Todd, that Prince William saw her in a different light.


Prince William attended the fashion show and took note when Kate appeared on the catwalk in a mesh, see-through dress that showed off her black underwear.

It suddenly dawned on Prince William that the cute girl he had gotten to know was beautiful. It made the brief the designer; Charlotte Todd worked with for the show even rather apt, ‘the art of seduction.’

Royal expert, Katie Nicholl said in the documentary, ‘When Kate Met William: A Tale of Two Lives,’ that Kate knew exactly what she was doing and showed a lot of confidence walking around in front of all that people with basically just underwear on.


According to her book published in 2011, ‘The Making of a Royal Romance, Katie claimed that Prince William told friends after the show that Kate is hot. He made his move later on when the Prince tried to kiss Kate, but she pulled away, not wanting to make it easy for him.

In Katie’s book a friend is quoted:

“It was clear to us that William was smitten with Kate, he actually told her she was a knockout that night, which caused her to blush.”


While studying, they were allocated rooms close to each other in St Salvators Hall of Residence during their first year and moved into a student house together with two other friends during their second year. They even signed up for the same art history course.

After graduation, Kate began working as a party planner for her parents’ company, and William began his officer training at Sandhurst. But soon Kate started to appear with William for important events, including his graduation from Sandhurst.


Their breakup in April 2007 did not last long, and the couple got back together again a few months later, as she got photographed with Prince William during an event that marked the ten year passing of Princess Diana in July 2007. Now the couple is happily married and has three adorable children of their own.


The Duchess of Cambridge may have left the wilder days of occasionally parading see-through mesh outfits for designers on the catwalk behind, but she still looks beautiful in her more conservative style sense as a Duchess. 

Known for recycling outfits from time to time, Kate appeared with Prince William and the rest of the royals for the customary first Sunday service of the year at St Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham.

During their first public appearance of the year, Kate stepped out in a beautiful outfit she had previously worn during an engagement in Oslo.


Kate looked stylish and warm in a blue coat by Catherine Walker & Co with a matching headband, navy heels, and a black clutch. Underneath the coat, she wore a navy and white polka dot dress from LK Bennett with a dashing Prince William by her side dressed in a smart black tailcoat and suit.

Prince William and Kate will return to London next week before the start of the new school term but will celebrate Kate’s 37th birthday on Wednesday at Sandringham.

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