Does Queen Elizabeth Give Kate Middleton Fashion Advice?

Back when Kate Middleton and Prince William were just dating, people were commenting on her exceptional sense of style. Now that she is the Duchess of Cambridge and will one day be the queen consort, people are paying even more attention to her clothing options.

While members of the royal family are expected to act a certain way (this includes dressing appropriately) does Kate Middleton have more pressure put upon her than Meghan Markle does to dress a certain way?

We know Queen Elizabeth II has already been preparing Kate for her future role as queen. But does that mean she is also giving Kate advice about what she wears out in public? Here is what we know about what Queen Elizabeth II thinks about Kate Middleton’s attire

Being the future queen means that Kate’s fashion sense is under more scrutiny

Kate Middleton
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There is no denying the fact that since Kate has become the Duchess of Cambridge, her taste in fashion has gotten much more formal. In fact, it is rumored that William actually started to fall for Kate when he saw her modeling lingerie in a 2002 fashion show.

Back when Prince William had first started dating Kate, she was frequently spotted out in town wearing outfits that were much too casual for any royal to ever be seen in. Before she married her Prince Charming, her wardrobe included a denim mini skirt with a leather jacket and knee-high leather boots and a white-laced tank top with low-rise jeans that showed her belly.

Obviously, those outfits are no longer allowed on any occasion. Now that she is a full-fledged royal, she has traded her stylish leather boots for equally stylish high heels and her short tank tops have been traded in for neutral-colored petite coats with a matching hat.

Meghan gets a little more freedom with her outfit choice

Just because Kate is required to dress a little more conservatively nowadays doesn’t mean she still doesn’t have a great sense of style. For over a decade now, the Duchess of Cambridge has been revolutionizing the fashion industry. Her posh style and trendy designer dresses have inspired many women around the world to dress more like her.

Meghan Markle is also known to be quite the trendsetter as well. Kate is known for having a certain level of elegance to her style, however, Meghan opts for more unique and bold looks (like the time she wore a nice suit with a pair of shorts). Since Meghan has become a duchess, the former Suits star has upgraded her wardrobe to include more traditional royal attire. When she is making an appearance with the royal family, she is usually wearing a nice dress, a long coat, and some sort of elegant hat.

Meghan is expected to still present herself a certain way now that she is a royal. However, being that there is not a high probability she will ever be queen (Harry is currently sixth in line to the throne), she doesn’t have the same amount of pressure on her to look a certain way as Kate does.

Does Queen Elizabeth give Kate Middleton fashion advice?

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According to AOL, now that Kate is in line to be the queen, it is imperative that she looks the part. In order to ensure that Kate is always dressing as a future queen should, “The queen is regularly, allegedly, giving notes if she doesn’t like a certain hem or a certain outfit on Kate, or certain colour tights.”

Being that her grandmother-in-law is able to criticize every aspect of her attire, including the color of her tights, it may come as little surprise that the Duchess has hired a personal stylist to help her pick out her outfits and make sure that she is always looking the part when in public.

Although the queen does have a say in what Kate wears out in public, the Duchess of Cambridge has always been able to carry herself with an exceptional amount of dignity and respect. So, no matter what she chooses to wear, she will always look like a perfect royal in the eyes of millions of people around the world.


What Does A Broadway Costume Designer Actually Do?

Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano as warring brothers in ‘True West’JOAN MARCUS

In his script for his 1980 play “True West,” Sam Shepard goes to considerable pains to describe how his central characters, two ostensibly very different brothers, are dressed.

Austin, the timid screenwriter, is wearing a light blue sports shirt, light tan cardigan sweater, clean blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

Lee, the older brother, wears a filthy white T-shirt; tattered brown overcoat covered with dust; dark blue baggy suit pants (from the Salvation Army); pink suede belt; scuffed, pointed, black forties dress shoes with holes in the soles; no socks; no hat. That’s not to mention the apparent need for long, pronounced sideburns, Gene Vincent hairdo, beard (two days’ growth) and bad teeth.

Kaye Voyce, the costume designer for the new Roundabout Theatreproduction of “True West,” starring Paul Dano as Austin and Ethan Hawke as Lee, didn’t feel at all limited by Shepard’s seeming specificity. For starters, she has Lee wearing a shiny maroon dress shirt under his tattered coat, at least at first, and gives Austin a pair of glasses.

“I don’t feel like the details he gives are prescriptive,” she says, of Shepard. “To me, they are beautiful clues to the characters and the world, and a great starting place. And those clues will mean different things to each team of designers, directors and actors. The clues helped to remind me to push for the extremes in these humans.”

“If an actor is uncomfortable it’s hard to believe it as a costume”JOAN MARCUS

Voyce describes the art of costume design, in collaboration with the director, actors and other designers, as a kind of “active collage process.” “With more contemporary clothes, it’s all about hunting down the right pieces, being open to surprise and how things are put together,” she says.

“And often, something just feels right or really wrong on someone’s body. If an actor doesn’t feel comfortable in a garment it’s really hard to believe it as a costume. Sometimes you want something to be ill-fit or a little strange—but the actor has to make the connection physically.”

Sometimes, the effect of costume design might be illuminating in a subliminal way. Asked if there was an aspect of her work on “True West” she found personally satisfying, she mentioned an aspect that, first and foremost, served the actors in their performances.

“In our conversations, we realized how central the absence of the father is in the play,” explained Voyce. “There are elements of Lee and Austin’s costumes that relate to their ideas of this man. Nobody should know it, but it means something to me and the actors.”