“As this is the first portrait to depict them together, and specifically during their tenure as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I wanted the image to evoke a sense of balance between their public and private lives,” said Coreth, by People.
I know what you’re thinking: “The artist depicted Kate wearing a dress from ‘The Vampire’s Wife’ as she stands alongside her husband, future King of England, in their first official portrait? Isn’t – it’s not… fishy?” The meaning behind the fashion brand name, however, is actually quite sweet. The Vampire’s Wife was founded by Susie Cave, wife of prolific musician Nick Cave, and named after one of Nick’s abandoned book projects. The brand is beloved in Hollywood, with famous fans like Maggie Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman and Dakota Johnson.
The emerald green dress is one of two Vampire’s Wife pieces that Kate Middleton has worn to public events. She was also spotted in a Barbie pink dress in an equally shimmering material. Choosing such a modern label for such a meaningful portrait also seems intentional, foreshadowing the 21st century flavor the couple brought to the centuries-old monarchy.
Perhaps we’ll see a third dress at the couple’s 40th anniversary party later this summer?