I thought I’d check what the Duchess of Cambridge has been wearing since her wedding and I am impressed at the simple elegance of her wardrobe.
In 1853, the California gold rush was in full swing, and everyday items were in short supply. Levi Strauss, a 24-year-old German immigrant, left New York for San Francisco with a small supply of dry goods with the intention of opening a branch of his brother’s New York dry goods business. Shortly after his arrival, a prospector wanted to know what Mr. Strauss was selling. When Strauss told him he had rough canvas to use for tents and wagon covers, the prospector said, “You should have brought pants!,” saying he couldn’t find a pair of pants strong enough to last.
Levi Strauss had the canvas made into waist overalls. Miners liked the pants, but complained that they tended to chafe. Levi Strauss substituted a twilled cotton cloth from France called “serge de Nimes.” The fabric later became known as denim and the pants were nicknamed blue jeans.
In 1873, Levi Strauss & Company began using the pocket stitch design. Levi Strauss and Nevada tailor David Jacobs co-patented the process of putting rivets in pants for strength. On May 20, 1873, they received U.S.Patent No.139,121. This date is now considered the official birthday of “blue jeans.” Source.
Since then denim has mutated through time to become what it is today – an element of fashion which is forever on trend.
I had a look on Trademe and came up with the following garments.
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What a spectacular dress. Not way out there or anything – just dignified and elegant and oh so pretty! We know she would have had a lot of guidelines to follow when choosing the design of her dress but she still managed to keep her style intact. This was definitely a throwback to Grace Kelly’s wedding dress and I loved that one too.
What a poised young lady! Kate would have been under strict instructions not to express any emotion during the ceremony and though the lips quivered during the vows, she never lost her composure. But it was worth the wait when she finally relaxed as she and William got into the coach and the smiles came out.
The world will watch them closely and I hope the royal family are kinder to her than they were to Diana.