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Kate Middleton Re-wears Lace Temperley Gown to Alma Mater

Joanna Douglas
Shine from Yahoo! Canada
November 9, 2012

Kate Middleton is a major brand loyalist, counting British designers like Alexander McQueen, Issa, L.K. Bennet, and Alice Temperley among her favorites. Clearly the Duchess of Cambridge has a soft spot for one particular black lace Temperley gown, as she has now been spotted wearing it on more than one formal occasion. On Thursday night, Kate and Prince William attended a black-tie dinner gala at Middle Temple Hall celebrating the 600th anniversary of their alma mater, the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland. The school is very dear to the couple as they first met on campus back in 2002, and they are sure to be amongst the university's most famous graduates.

Photos: Kate’s laid-back look

For this special event, Middleton wore the same black lace Temperley gown she wore to the London premiere of "War Horse" back in January. She accessorized with a red McQueen bow clutch, and a red poppy flower pin in honor of the upcoming Remembrance Day holiday on November 11. The Temperley Amoret lace gown is currently still available for sale on Net-a-Porter for $3,995, though with Middleton's many fashion admirers we wouldn't be surprised to see the dress sell out quickly.

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Middleton is not the first celebrity to shop her closet. On election night first lady Michelle Obama re-wore the same red brocade Michael Kors dress she'd worn publicly twice before: once at a November 2010 Medal of Honor Ceremony in Washington, D.C., and earlier at a 2009 holiday event at the White House. In recent years, Vogue's editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, has been re-wearing her designer clothing all the time. During a recession it feels the the responsible thing to do, even for the wealthy fashion elite.

At Thursday's St. Andrews gala, the Duchess joked about the now-famous student fashion show she walked in, where she caught the of a young Prince William by wearing a bikini and sheer cover-up. According to the Daily Mail, she spoke about the memory with other students at the party. "I hope you weren't involved in the fashion show," Middleton said to a current undergraduate. "You never know what you are going to be asked to wear!" Supposedly upon seeing Middleton in the fashion show, William turned and told a friend, "Wow, Kate's hot."

William told attendees that he had "happy, happy memories" at St. Andrews. He also referred to Kate, whom he studied art history, his "art guru." "She was much better at it than me," William said.

For more on the royal couple's stroll down memory lane, check out this video taken from the St. Andrews gala.

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