The Duchess Surprises in Vintage Oscar de la Renta at Dublin Reception

October 1, 2021 By Moonlight 0

I’m delighted to be able to begin a publish with the words “the Duchess wore vintage this evening.” 

The event was a reception at Ireland’s museum of Literature in Dublin.

Only opened last summer, the museum is housed in a historic home on the south side of St Stephen’s eco-friendly in Dublin. 

The museum is a partnership between university college Dublin as well as the national library of Ireland. Below, the Duke as well as Duchess are shown a very first edition copy of James Joyce’s “Ulysses”. 

A better look. 

More from The everyday Mail: 

Colette O’Flaherty, keeper of special collections at the national library of Ireland, said: ‘It’s the extremely very first edition of the print run, we call it copy No.1 of the very first edition.

‘It’s wonderful, it’s a excellent treasure in our collection as well as absolutely invaluable.’

Joyce studied European Languages at the site of the museum, which is owned by university college Dublin as well as utilized to be the college campus, from 1899 to 1902.

A peek inside the cover via Simon Carswell of the Irish Times shows the book was autographed by the author in February 1922.

Tonight’s reception was hosted by Irish Tánaiste Simon Coveney. The Tánaiste is the deputy head of the government in Ireland, holder of the second-most senior position. Mr. Coveney is likewise Ireland’s priest for foreign Affairs as well as Trade, with obligation for Brexit.  He is seen in the center below; second from left is his wife, Ruth.

There were about 100 people in attendance at the function.

The everyday Mail reports “The Duke as well as Duchess went on to satisfy groups of guests each representing different themes; peace as well as reconciliation, culture as well as youth as well as civil society. Attendees included a poet, dancer, writer, film as well as theatre producer as well as a representative from the Irish refugee Council.”

Below, a picture shared by Hello’s Emily Nash.

Simon Carswell of the Irish Times tweeted a video. 

one more view.

Prince William delivered remarks.

More from Simon Carswell’s Irish Times story: 

In a thinly veiled recommendation to the UK’s departure from the EU, the 37-year-old prince said that “as we look ahead to some changes in our relationship, we must never fail to remember exactly how far we have come together in recent decades in transforming the relationships across our two islands”.

Prince William said “growing up” he remembered “seeing the Troubles that took place, which affected so many people across the UK as well as Ireland”.

This was why one of the “truly profound moments” for him as well as his other half on their see was their attendance at the garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square in Dublin, the memorial which honours those who fought against British rule.

“As we stood on the cliffs at Howth as well as looked across the Irish Sea, a simple 50 miles for the British coastline, it was simple to see why so many people discover the lure of this lovely country so difficult to resist,” he said.

Kensington Palace tweeted video of the speech. 

The Duke concluded with a toast “to the president of Ireland as well as to the people of this wonderful country in thanks for the warmth of your welcome on what I hope will be the very first of many visits for us.” 

The Tánaiste likewise addressed the guests, speaking before Prince William. more from’s coverage:

Tánaiste as well as priest for foreign Affairs Simon Coveney described the three-day royal trip as “an important visit” as well as said he was hopeful for the future of the Ireland-UK relationship.

“We have of program welcomed members of the British royal household to Ireland before, including Prince William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, in 2011, a see which represented a watershed moment for the Ireland-UK relationship.” Mr Coveney said.

Dr. Sandra Collins, director of the national library of Ireland, shared photos from tonight’s function on Twitter. 

More from The everyday Mail: 

The Duchess laughed as Mr Coveney revealed his children had written letters to Prince George, Princess Charlotte as well as Prince Louis, inviting them to come to Ireland when they are older as well as telling them they will always be welcome.

‘I hope they will fracture a smile as I can guarantee you they do not comply with the protocols of the customary method to compose to the Royal Family,’ he said.

Another view of the Duke as well as Duchess.

Now for our look at what Kate wore to this evening’s reception.

She was in a vintage gown by Oscar de la Renta.  The traditional style is crafted of hot pink polka dot material that is textured; it has a crinkly look. The gown features a ruffled (aka ‘pie crust’ collar) collar as well as jabot trimmed in black velvet, double-banded cuffs likewise trimmed in black velvet as well as a black velvet belt.

The garment hits just-below-the-knee as well as likewise has gathers at the shoulder as well as waist. There is no method of knowing where the Duchess acquired the piece, be it from a relative, a personal shopper or stylist, or a retailer specializing in vintage luxury designs. If it is the latter, one London possibility is always William Vintage, purveyor of vintage one-of-a-kind designs to notable names like Amal Clooney, Victoria Beckham, as well as Rihanna. Kate’s sister-in-law, the Duchess of Sussex, has likewise worn pieces sourced by the boutique.  For many, the look was reminiscent of Diana, Princess of Wales, who was fond of pie-crust collars as well as polka dots.   

UPDATE SEPT 18 2020: right here is a look at the gown as offered in one more color on Vestiaire Collective, a fashion resale site. 

The listing doesn’t offer a great deal of new information; the seller believes the material is silk.  You do get a much better look at the material texture in the photos as well as some of the details like the collar as well as pleating. many thanks to Mackie for her comment on this publish telling us about the listing!  

The Duchess accessorized with her black velvet ‘Celeste’ clutch by Jimmy Choo.

She likewise brought back her Romy 100 Black Velvet Pumps ($895), likewise by Jimmy Choo as well as a made-to-order style. (I don’t have any type of great images of the shoes, so I am showing the style as worn to last November’s Festival of Remembrance.)

Kate’s hair was worn partially up.

Her earrings extremely much look like the Twisted Circle decrease Earrings (£5) by UK retailer as well as royal preferred Accessorize. The style is 100% brass as well as measures about 3/4″ long.

Thank you to Replicate Royals for their earring ID!

Thoughts on tonight’s look from The Telegraph’s Tamara Abraham. 

The magenta as well as black style ticked a number of key pattern boxes: polka-dots (which are set to stick around for one more season), ruffles, as well as the truth that the gown is not present season, since vintage fashion has never been cooler or more relevant.

That’s since there are several benefits to buying second-hand. For a start, Kate can be assured that her look is original – with vintage fashion (usually defined as a garment that is more than 20 years old), there are seldom multiples of a specific style in circulation, particularly when it comes to high-end pieces, so it’s unlikely that anyone else will have the exact same dress.

Below, the Duke as well as Duchess as they were leaving tonight’s event. 

And from Vanity Fair’s column. 

At the BAFTAs last month, Kate repeated a white as well as gold Alexander McQueen gown from 2012, however for 2020 the event asked all of the people who walked the carpet to lessen their environmental effect by wearing a previously-owned garment. Though climate modification isn’t her signature issue, she has supported different initiatives, as well as the couple made it the primary focus of their Pakistan tour last fall. She has spoken as well as written about exactly how much she cares about the future of the U.K.’s children, as well as supporting efforts to reduce fashion waste fits in with that message as well.

In situation you missed the day’s earlier posts, click right here for our protection on the return of Kate’s ‘Olivia’ coat by Reiss as well as click right here for our look at Kate’s ensemble for an afternoon farm see as well as cliff walk.  


Learn more about museum of Literature Ireland at the museum website here; the museum’s Facebook page is here; its Twitter feed is right here as well as the museum Instagram page is here 

Simon Carswell’s Irish Times story is here;’s protection is here; a Telegraph article is here; The Greenock Telegraph’s article is here; The everyday Mail’s piece is here; 

Fashionista’s 2016 profile of William Banks-Blaney (William Vintage founder) is here; Vanity Fair’s fashion piece from Erin Vanderhoof is here; The Telegraph’s fashion column from Tamara Abraham is here;  

Town as well as Country’s story is here; a hello piece is here; Elle’s protection is here