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The Duchess of Cambridge (formerly known as Kate Middleton) has made Vanity Fair‘s annual “International Best-Dressed List” since 2008, when she first stepped into the public eye as the girlfriend of Prince William.But this year she stepped up her style game and has taken the coveted top spot on the list. The Duchess graces the cover of the magazine at newsstands—actress Jessica Chastain, the runner-up, is on the cover of subscriber issues.
In honour of Catherine’s crowning as style queen of 2012, we’re taking a look back at some of her most fashionable moments.
The Duchess doesn't wear black too often, but she looks smashing in this custom Alexander McQueen gown at the Sun Military Awards, flanked by Prince William and Prince Harry.
Here she wears a bright green Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress to a reception at the Consular General's residence in Los Angeles during her 2011 trip to the US.
This Jenny Packham dress, which Catherine wore to an Olympics ceremony in February, picked up a lot of buzz in the fashion press. The colour is perfect.
The Duchess wore this stylish Alexander McQueen knit on a visit to Prince Edward Island and again to Wimbledon. We like that she's not scared to repeat an outfit.
She looks stunning in a white Alexander McQueen coat and a classic hat at Windsor Castle's annual garter ceremony.
Catherine in another matching hat and dress ensemble, at a recent Trooping the colour--the Queen's official birthday celebration. The dress is Erdem, the hat is Jane Corbett.
Kate's iconic blue Issa dress ($616), which she wore in her official engagement photos in 2010, became an immediate bestseller.
Here she is in a lace Erdem number in Ottawa in 2011. The designer's dresses can cost upwards of $2,000.
Another jaunty hat at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration. The suit is by Alexander McQueen; the hat is by Sylvia Fletcher. Some thought the red was too bright, but we loved it.
Again in Alexander McQueen. Fashion bloggers gushed over the cap-sleeve chiffon gown in lilac, and so did we.
She can also keep it casual. Just a few days ago she sported blue pants from Zara and a white Adidas polo shirt to greet the Olympic torch in London.
Of course, the wedding dress she wore to her nuptials in April 2011 takes the cake. It's said to have cost more than $400,000.
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