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Sporting her favourite shade of eau de nil, the Duchess looked like something from another time as she arrived at the Assyakrin Mosque in Kuala Lumpur. The dress, a long-sleeved, slightly sheer incarnation by London-based brand Beulah, was an appropriately conservative choice for the occasion. Featuring a row of tiny silk-covered buttons, the dress – which is called the Blossom – was complemented by Kate’s trademark LK Bennett sandals. She also wore a delicate pair of diamond earrings. Her…

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (French, Saumur 1883–1971 Paris) Evening dress, late 1920s. House of Chanel (French, founded 1913). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Olivia Constable, 1974 (1974.242.4)

Evening underdress, House of Dior (French, founded 1947), 1955-1956