Never Forget the *Other* Epic Gowns Kate Middleton Could Have Worn to Her Wedding

That Valentino, though đŸ˜±

Design by Betsy Farrell

Remember when Kate Middleton married Prince William and the entire world lost all semblance of chill, especially when it came to her gown? The now-Duchess ended up wearing a lace-sleeved Alexander McQueen dress by Sarah Burton—but there were plenty of other designers vying for the honor of creating her gown.

Because the combination of gorgeous fashion + Kate Middleton + a walk down memory lane is too good to resist no matter how many years later, let's take a look at what Kate's dress could have looked like if she'd gone with...

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1 Chanel
<p>According to his quote in <a href="http://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/gallery/designers-sketch-their-suggestions-for-kate-middletons-wedding-dress/#!1/karl-lagerfeld-suggests-a-chanel-take-on-8220the-victorian-wedding-dress-with-a-twist-8212-high-boots-and-open-in-the-front8221-3404508-portrait" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">WWD</a><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">&nbsp;</em>circa 2010<em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">&nbsp;</em><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>, designer Karl Lagerfeld wanted Kate to wear something "very Victorian"—complete with up-to-the-neck ruffles and pink bows. We're here for it.</p>

According to his quote in  circa 2010 , designer Karl Lagerfeld wanted Kate to wear something "very Victorian"—complete with up-to-the-neck ruffles and pink bows. We're here for it.

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2 Monique Lhuillier
<p>Designer&nbsp;powerhouse Monique Lhuillier&nbsp;also wanted to see Kate in a gown that balanced contemporary aesthetics with traditional ones, though her <a href="http://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/gallery/designers-sketch-their-suggestions-for-kate-middletons-wedding-dress/#!17/8220the-royal-wedding-will-be-magical-kate8217s-dress-should-be-a-modern-mix-of-the-traditional-and-contemporary8221-8212-monique-lhuillier-3404515-landscape" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">option</a> was decidedly&nbsp;more flouncy.&nbsp;</p>

Designer powerhouse Monique Lhuillier also wanted to see Kate in a gown that balanced contemporary aesthetics with traditional ones, though her was decidedly more flouncy. 

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3 Jason Wu
<p>Michelle Obama's go-to designer Jason Wu <a href="http://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/gallery/designers-sketch-their-suggestions-for-kate-middletons-wedding-dress/#!11/8220i-love-the-idea-of-mixing-traditional-opulence-with-a-very-clean-aesthetic-for-this-modern-day-princess8221-8212-jason-wu-3404505-portrait" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">suggested</a> that Kate&nbsp;tap into&nbsp;modern-day princess vibes with a dress that mixed "traditional opulence with a very clean aesthetic."</p>

Michelle Obama's go-to designer Jason Wu that Kate tap into modern-day princess vibes with a dress that mixed "traditional opulence with a very clean aesthetic."

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4 Nicole Miller
<p>One of the most out-of-the-box designs for Kate was by Nicole Miller, who <a href="http://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/gallery/designers-sketch-their-suggestions-for-kate-middletons-wedding-dress/#!19/8220i-think-no-poof-and-froufrou-elegant-with-a-modern-twist-a-little-sexy-but-also-modest8221-8212-nicole-miller-3404513-portrait" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">wanted to</a> pass on&nbsp;the "poof and froufrou" in favor of modern, sexy elegance.</p>

One of the most out-of-the-box designs for Kate was by Nicole Miller, who pass on the "poof and froufrou" in favor of modern, sexy elegance.

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5 Gucci
<p>Gucci designer Frida Giannini went with a simpler look, <a href="http://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/gallery/designers-sketch-their-suggestions-for-kate-middletons-wedding-dress/#!9/8220i-admire-the-balance-kate-middleton-strikes-between-elegant-and-contemporary-with-her-unmistakable-style-for-her-i-had-in-mind-clean-lines-soft-shapes-and-classic-touches-such-as-the-boat-neckli" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">creating</a>&nbsp;a boatneck gown with "clean lines, soft shapes, and classic touches."</p>

Gucci designer Frida Giannini went with a simpler look,  a boatneck gown with "clean lines, soft shapes, and classic touches."

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6 Reem Acra
<p>There are so many ways to dress a royal bride, but Reem Acra went for a romantic play on the obvious (AKA&nbsp;"<a href="http://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/gallery/designers-sketch-their-suggestions-for-kate-middletons-wedding-dress/#!24/8220kate-is-a-young-beauty-about-to-become-a-royal-she-is-very-confident-and-knows-her-style-this-gown-has-a-long-train-veil-and-a-touch-of-embroidery-which-adds-drama-but-the-a-line-silhouette-is-s" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">regal and sophisticated</a>"),&nbsp;pairing a princess-shaped gown with carefully embroidered&nbsp;details.&nbsp;</p>

There are so many ways to dress a royal bride, but Reem Acra went for a romantic play on the obvious (AKA ""), pairing a princess-shaped gown with carefully embroidered details. 

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7 Badgley Mischka
<p>Mark Badgley and James Mischka<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" style="background-color: initial;" rel="background-color: initial;" data-redactor-style="background-color: initial;">'s <a href="http://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/gallery/designers-sketch-their-suggestions-for-kate-middletons-wedding-dress/#!3/we-see-kate-going-completely-classic-we-love-this-off-the-shoulder-silhouette-for-her-her-beauty-and-grace-will-make-any-gown-look-magnificent8221-8212-mark-badgley-and-james-mischka-badgley-misch" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">design</a> for Kate was slightly on the sexy side, with an off-the-shoulder silhouette that we'd dare to call "bedazzled."</span></p><p><br></p>

Mark Badgley and James Mischka's for Kate was slightly on the sexy side, with an off-the-shoulder silhouette that we'd dare to call "bedazzled."


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8 Missoni
<p>Missoni's Angela&nbsp;Missoni<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" style="background-color: initial;" rel="background-color: initial;" data-redactor-style="background-color: initial;"> designed this absolutely stunning gown for Kate that screams "couture" and was made to enhance the Duchess' beauty through&nbsp;"<a href="http://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/gallery/designers-sketch-their-suggestions-for-kate-middletons-wedding-dress/#!16/8220this-dress-was-designed-to-enhance-kate-middleton8217s-beauty-through-precious-fabrics-the-clean-and-contemporary-lines-never-redundant-and-beyond-all-specific-stylistic-periods-give-her-an-et" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">precious fabrics</a><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor">."</span></span></p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor"><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor"><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor"><br></span></span></span></p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor"></span></p>

Missoni's Angela Missoni designed this absolutely stunning gown for Kate that screams "couture" and was made to enhance the Duchess' beauty through "."


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9 Tommy Hilfiger
<p>The&nbsp;American designer created what he <a href="http://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/gallery/designers-sketch-their-suggestions-for-kate-middletons-wedding-dress/#!25/8220kate-has-a-sophisticated-yet-playful-and-modern-look-so-for-her-wedding-she8217d-be-a-vision-in-a-mix-of-traditional-whimsy-and-classically-beautiful8221-8212-tommy-hilfiger-3404520-portra" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">called</a> a "sophisticated yet playful and modern look" for Kate, with the hope that she'd be&nbsp;"a vision in a mix of traditional, whimsy, and classically beautiful."&nbsp;</p>

The American designer created what he a "sophisticated yet playful and modern look" for Kate, with the hope that she'd be "a vision in a mix of traditional, whimsy, and classically beautiful." 

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10 Valentino
<p>Best for last, to be sure. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" style="background-color: initial;" rel="background-color: initial;" data-redactor-style="background-color: initial;">'s quote about their design is epic, so we'll let them have the <a href="http://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/gallery/designers-sketch-their-suggestions-for-kate-middletons-wedding-dress/#!27/8220we-designed-a-8216blossoming8217-dress-because-we-imagined-her-as-a-new-botticellian-venus8221-8212-maria-grazia-chiuri-and-pier-paolo-piccioli-valentino-3404523-portrait" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">final word</a>:</span> "We designed a 'blossoming' dress because we imagined her as a new Botticellian Venus." &nbsp;Nailed it.&nbsp;</p>

Best for last, to be sure. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli's quote about their design is epic, so we'll let them have the : "We designed a 'blossoming' dress because we imagined her as a new Botticellian Venus."  Nailed it. 

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