Kate Middleton's Designer Jenny Packham On Adding Weights To The Duchess' Dresses To Prevent Future Marilyn Moments

28 September 2012 by

We've always thought of the Duchess of Cambridge as more of a prim and polished Jackie O-type, but she's had her share of Marilyn Monroe moments too. Kate was caught out on the runway at Calgary airport during a royal tour of Canada last year when her dress blew up in the wind. The delicate yellow frock didn't stand a chance against a fierce breeze, which left the DoC struggling to retain her dignity - and keep her pesky hemline in order.

In an interview with the Evening Standard last night the designer behind the dress, Jenny Packham revealed how following the incident she received a letter from a concerned Kate fan expressing irritation at the wardrobe malfunction. She explained 'I had a little handwritten letter from a lady in Wisconsin passionately criticising me for the primrose yellow shift dress I made for the duchess. She said didn't I know about putting weights around the bottom of a hem so it can't blow up? Well, I didn't know it was going to be worn on a windy runway - but I did think maybe in future I will put in more weighting, just in case...' 

Unfortunately for Kate the awkward airport moments don't end there. At the end of her recent tour of the Far East she touched down in Brisbane only to be greeted by a another gust of wind which billowed out her pretty Project D floral summer dress, designed by pop star Danni Minogue and her bessie Tabitha Somerwet Webb.

The moral of the story Kate? Wear trousers for travelling and try to avoid upsetting ladies in Wisconsin.

For more of Kate's fashion moments, check out our Kate Middleton Look Book.


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