Dressing to impress! Duchess of Cambridge commissions pricey new gown for Aussie tour

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06 April 2014

Britain's Duchess Catherine has reportedly asked Ralph & Russo to create a high-end evening look for her official tour of New Zealand and Australia.

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge has commissioned a Ralph & Russo gown for her tour of New Zealand and Australia. The royal is reportedly hoping to make a big impact thanks to a bespoke dress from the high-end couture label when she heads Down Under on April 7 with her husband Prince William and their son Prince George for their official visit of the Commonwealth countries. A source told Grazia magazine: "Kate visited Ralph & Russo's boutique last month and said she was looking for inspiration for the tour. She liked that they had Australian connections and has apparently given them specific instructions for a gown."

Kate's entire wardrobe for 2012 cost less than one of Ralph & Russo's gowns!

This marks a change in the 32-year-old beauty's usual high street style since the designs, courtesy of Australian couple Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, come with a price tag upwards of £50 000 (R729 500).

It was recently alleged Queen Elizabeth had banned Catherine from wearing anything high street on the tour and wanted her to adopt a more ladylike and "regal" look. The insider said: "Kate is taking this tour very seriously. She's putting a lot of thought into what she wears and she's opting for some quite expensive choices as a result. Kate's entire wardrobe for 2012 cost less than one of Ralph & Russo's gowns! She's really upping the ante and opting for higher-end designers than she would normally choose."

Catherine Walker, Temperley and Alexander McQueen are also said to have been approached to kit the duchess out for the tour.

-Bang Showbiz

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