She may do a lot of the work herself, but the Duchess of Cambridge has sought out sartorial help in the past few years.
Last December, it was revealed that Natasha Archer – or “Tash” as she’s known to Catherine & Co. (per the Daily Mail) – was hired as a personal assistant to the Kensington Palace team.
The Kings College graduate soon began advising on style, and was seen going into St. Mary’s Hospital in July 2013 after Prince George’s birth.
Royal reporter Katie Nicholl spoke to a few palace sources as well for Vanity Fair.
“Initially Kate was a reluctant fashion icon, but now she enjoys it. Tash helps source some of the clothes. She shops a lot for Kate online, and calls in hundreds of dresses for Kate to try on,” the source told Nicholl.
“She has persuaded Kate to take some more risks. The hemlines are shorter and Kate’s really pushing the boat out in the fashion stakes.”
Last week, Grazia revealed that Catherine is also working with Cara Delevingne‘s mother, Pandora, who is a personal shopper at Selfridge’s.
“Pandora advised Kate on both the Jenny Packham and the Erdem dresses she wore,” a source told the fashion site.
“She adored the Jenny Packham dress, but needed a bit more convincing on the Erdem one as the shape was very unusual, but Pandora encouraged her to go with it.”
“Kate really wants to try more daring choices, so naturally turned to Pandora,” the source continued. “They’ve known each other for years and Kate trusts her advice.
“The Delevingnes have impeccable royal connections,” added the source, pointing out that Pandora’s mother, Jane Sheffield was lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret.
An official appointment this is not, however, and Catherine still has final say on what she wears.
“Pandora is happy to advise the duchess, she enjoys it and regards it as an honour.”