Get Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress for Less!

05/02/2011 at 06:00 PM ET

A.B.S. By Allen Schwartz creates Kate Middleton knockoff dress
Courtesy ABS, Toby Melville/Landov

It’s only been a few days since Prince William and Kate Middleton became husband and wife, but hours after the Duchess walked down the aisle in her stunning Alexander McQueen wedding dress, there was already another version in the works! A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz, a label known for whipping up less-expensive versions of favorite red carpet frocks in record time, created a lookalike of the famous dress just 12 hours after the wedding. The gown, which bears a striking resemblance to the royal wedding gown worn by Middleton, was created by a team of 35 people who drew out the sketches, chose the fabrics and sewed the gown together. Schwartz tells Today that among the most significant challenges of creating the masterpiece with such a quick turnaround time were perfecting the triple-mesh veil, which was sewn to a tiara, and beautifying the eight yards of fabric in the skirt, topped in the back with a bustle. The dress will retail for about $800 and will be available in select Lord & Taylor stores this July. For those looking to channel the sophisticated look of Middleton’s sister Pippa, you’re in luck: the brand plans to create a version of her buzzed-about white McQueen maid of honor look as well. Tell us: Would you walk down the aisle in the lookalike gown? –Kim Peiffer


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fit for a princess « A Lovelee Wedding on

[…] So simple yet elegant. Not poofy enough for me but the train was right up my alley. STUNNING!¬† A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz has already designed¬† a less-expensive (around $800!!) version of Kate’s gown. It is said […]

erica on

The wedding dress I wore in 2005 was very similar and had lace sleeves! So I was excited to see this style come back. I like the look since it’s classic. That knockoff looks very nice actually!!

Jess on

Cripes…can nobody be original anymore? Yes it was a beautiful gown, but copycats are pathetic.

Beth on

I was married 29 years ago and my dress was very similar to Kate’s! I felt pretty good after seeing her dress.

Kelly R on

I don’t care for the knock off the lace is way to heavy and busy making it seem aged instead of delicate, young and soft

Anna on

The neck is not the same on the knock off and it dose make a diffrence, Kates dress was not as stiff lace looking either.
I dont think Id wear a knock off unless I could come closer to the softness and quality of lace of the original.

Anna on

The neck is not the same on the knock off and it dose make a diffrence, Kates dress was not as stiff lace looking either.
I dont think Id wear a knock off unless I could come closer to the softness of the original and closer to the quality of lace.

jenny on

earth to Kelly and Anna,
it’s an 800 dollar dress vs. a 25k dress.

Kathy on

My wedding dress looked like Kate’s only short sleeves. So maybe she copied me? I got married in 1994.

Kathy on

Re: the quality of the knockoff dress pictured. Kate’s lace was handmade by artisans for just her. The fabric is the finest natural fibers available. The ABS dress has mass-produced cheap lace that will be itchy and the fabric will be man-made fibers and that dress will doubtless not be well lined and will be itchy and hot. You get what you pay for.

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