An outfit designed by a Wellington-bred designer has been worn by Kate Middleton and seen around the world.
New York-based Rebecca Taylor has had her clothes worn by the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon, Dakota Fanning, Cameron Diaz, Carmen Electra and Taylor Swift.
But she said when the Duchess of Cambridge wore her tweed suit on Thursday (UK time) that it was one of her biggest celebrity moments as a designer.
"Her style is always impeccable."
Middleton was photographed wearing the outfit to a London Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole reception.
A photograph of her cooing at a 3-week-old baby at the reception sparked rumours the Duchess was pregnant, however, this was dismissed by the royal couple who are marking their one-year wedding anniversary.
The outfit worn by the Duchess had already sold out and there were no plans to cut more, though similar suits were available in all her ranges.
A royal stylist got some clothes from Taylor 's London shop a few months ago but it was not until the Duchess was photographed wearing the outfit that she knew who it was for.
"I was thrilled because I'm a huge fan of Catherine and Will.''
She also got a thank you note from Buckingham Palace.
While having Middleton wearing her dress was a career ''pinnacle'' she said she would now like to see Michelle Obama wearing one of her outfits.
"I think she is pretty amazing."
Taylor, who attended St Catherine's College in Wellington, studied fashion design at the Bowerman School of Design and Wellington Polytechnic (now Massey University) before leaving for New York with just $400 in her pocket.
There, she lived a fairly hand- to-mouth existence before scoring a job with designer Cynthia Rowley.
Taylor stayed at the company for five years before launching her own line with business partner Elizabeth Bugdaycay in 1996.
Her brand is distributed throughout 40 countries and 250 cities, with flagship stores in New York and Hong Kong, and found in prestigious department stores including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks 5th Avenue, Lane Crawford and Selfridges.
Massey University has inducted Taylor into its Hall of Fame.
- The Dominion Post
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