Lets be honest, it’s not often that someone from the royal family has the title ‘style icon’ bestowed on them. From questionable twinsets through to atrocious ball gowns, the monarchy has not exactly led the way when it comes to cutting edge fashion and style. However, two members of our most royal of families have made it into the fashion history books – Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge – thanks to their penchant for representing British designers and having an eye for great style. In fact, the Duchess of Cambridge is now considered to be such a trendsetter that she has topped a best dressed poll, above the likes of Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham.
The StyleinView.co.uk poll puts Kate as the number one most fashionable icon, with 338 votes out of 2,038 polled. Other famous faces to make the top ten include Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Zooey Deschanel, Cara Delevigne and Cheryl Cole. It’s quite an achievement for the royal mum-to-be to have managed to pip some of the most innovative and well known names in fashion around today to that top spot – and without ever having donned a ‘meat dress’ like Lady Gaga or a beanie hat a la Cara Delevigne.
Kate Middleton’s style has certainly become something of a favourite with the fashion press since she first stepped into the spotlight, and even big glossies like Marie Claire have been admiring of her sartorial choices over the years. From that famous Sarah Burton wedding dress that trod the careful line between traditional and contemporary, to Kate’s love of a clutch bag, her bold colour choices and the fact that she doesn’t shy away from trying new style,
In addition to posing the question of the current most fashionable icon, Style in View also compiled a list of the 10 most fashionable icons of all time. Whilst Kate didn’t make it onto this list (at least she hasn’t yet…), another fan of kohl eyeliner who also married into the royal family does – Princess Diana. Diana is ranked in the poll at number two, behind only Audrey Hepburn, a woman who for many encompassed style and sophistication at its best.
From iconic, highly photographed looks such as the black off the shoulder Victor Edelstein gown she wore to the White House state dinner in 1985, to the huge meringue of a wedding dress, designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, that is surely the ultimate princess dress to get wed in, there are numerous gowns that demonstrate why Diana is in there at number two. The fact that she is ranked above such style legends as Coco Chanel, Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor certainly gives Kate Middleton something to aim for in terms of a fashion legacy.