When Allison Williams married Ricky Van Veen in a long-sleeve, lace gown in 2015, the comparisons linking her wedding dress to Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen piece from four years prior were mentioned heavily across the internet.
In a new interview, the former Girls actress opened up about the unrelenting parallels between herself and the Duchess of Cambridge, and how Williams really feels about the conversation, especially within the context of her own wedding.
“I think it was just that I was white with brown hair and seemed slightly regal in some way, which is a huge compliment,” Williams told Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM show this week. “She’s my dream person. She’s so elegant. I would faint in her presence.”
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While Middleton wore a piece by McQueen, Williams tapped Oscar de la Renta’s then-creative director Peter Copping to design her gown with her outdoor ranch ceremony in mind. “I wanted sleeves because I’m always cold,” Williams previously told Page Six, after adding that the entire design process “came together kind of organically.”
Hence why Williams claimed in her chat with Cohen this week that it truly wasn’t intentional that her gown somewhat resembled Middleton’s now-iconic, long-sleeve, lace dress.
“I’m sure that’s what an article said… it’s ‘inspired by’—like, I can just picture that in print—and it’s not the case. But, it also had long sleeves,” she joked. “Then I guess it was just 100 percent stolen from her. I stole Kate Middleton’s wedding gown.”
Of course Middleton’s dress inspired many designers in the years after she and Prince William married in 2011. Most recently, Meghan Markle’s wedding dress and her reception gown from her wedding to Prince Harry have both prompted designers to create similar designs for their upcoming collections.
Ultimately, Williams and Middleton truly had completely different wedding day visions. The daughter of news anchor Brian Williams married the Funny or Die founder outdoors on a ranch and she served Funfetti cake to guests; And, not to forget, her dress had pockets.
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