Kate Middleton’s favourite dress brand, The Vampire’s Wife, has 50% off right now

We know Kate Middleton has impeccable style, and while we can make a fairly calculated guess of her preferred fashion brands based on which ones she wears the most, we’ve never known exactly which of her looks over the years has been her favourite to wear.

Well, the Duchess of Cambridge made that question slightly easier to answer recently, as she and husband Prince William’s first official joint portrait as a couple was revealed.

The royal couple went to visit the portrait for its grand unveiling last month, which took place at the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum. In the portrait, painted by award-winning British portrait artist James Coreth, Kate is wearing a £1,595 emerald gown by The Vampire’s Wife, a dress she first wore during a visit to Dublin in March 2020. Her dress is accessorised with £875 Manolo Blahnik green satin stiletto heels.

Kate Middleton in the Vampire's Wife
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Clearly a fan of The Vampire’s Wife, Kate donned another dress by the brand in March this year on her and the Duke of Cambridge’s official visit to Belize.

Kate Middleton in the Vampire's Wife
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When it comes to official portraits of royals, every element is carefully considered, especially what the subjects are wearing, so for Kate to choose to be immortalised in this particular dress suggests it means a great deal to her.

The Vampire's Wife green Falconetti Dress
The Vampire’s Wife

The Falconetti Dress, £1,595, The Vampire’s Wife

But what is The Vampire’s Wife?

If you’ve never heard of the cult brand before, you’ve very likely seen its dresses on the red carpet and on your Instagram – it’s a favourite among many celebrities, including Holly Willoughby, Sienna Miller, Cate Blanchett, Florence Welch, Kylie Minogue, Maya Rudolph, Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh.

The label was founded by Susie Cave and exudes a certain dark romance that is now quintessential of the brand. Both vintage and modern in feel, the dresses are glamorous and sumptuous yet effortless, often touting metallic satin fabrications, romantic ruffles and 3/4 hemlines, all of which are now synonymous with the brand. You can spot a The Vampire’s Wife dress a mile off, so distinct a style has Susie carved for the brand.

Susie Cave and Nick Cave
Susie Cave and husband Nick Cave. Image: Getty Images

After launching in 2016, the brand quickly became a phenomenon with celebrities and fashion influencers alike lining up to wear Susie’s designs. Not only is her husband Nick Cave, of the band Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, but Susie’s background in fashion helped to solidify the credentials of her fledgling brand when it first began. Starting out as a model – after being discovered by the legendary photographer Steven Meisel – Susie worked with designer brands including Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood and was shot by photography royalty Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton and Nick Knight.

In 2020, The Vampire’s Wife undertook what is these days something of a rite of passage for any designer fashion brand – a high street collaboration with H&M. With its affordable price tags, the collection sold out instantly, so keen was everyone to get a slice of the iconic style for less.

If you’re keen to swipe a bit of The Vampire’s Wife for yourself but can’t afford those prices (they are quite eye-watering), right now you’ll find a gorgeous selection of The Vampire’s Wife pieces (including a mini dress version of Kate’s emerald green gown) with up to 50 per cent off in the Net-A-Porter sale. The price tags are still up in the hundreds, but if there’s a style you’ve had your eye on for a while, this is probably the cheapest you’ll ever get it for. Show the sale here.

Celebrities wearing The Vampire’s Wife

Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel. Image: Getty Images
Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh. Image: Getty Images
Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller. Image: Getty Images
Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst. Image: Getty Images
Zawe Ashton
Zawe Ashton. Image: Getty Images
Simone Ashley
Simone Ashley. Image: Getty Images
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman. Image: Getty Images
Maya Rudolph
Maya Rudolph. Image: Getty Images
Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne. Image: Getty Images
Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley. Image: Getty Images
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Image: Getty Images
Felicity Jones
Felicity Jones. Image: Getty Images
Courtney Love
Courtney Love. Image: Getty Images
Chloe grace moretz
Chloe Grace Moretz. Image: Getty Images
alive Levine
Alice Levine. Image: Getty Images