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Kate Middleton: Style icon of 2011

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Favorite style moments with the Duchess

Kate Middleton proved to be a style and beauty icon in 2011. From her ability to turn conservative looks into polished and modern staples, to her effortless hair and makeup, Kate Middleton set trends we all admired in 2011.

Kate Middleton's iconic Alexander McQueen wedding dress.

SheKnows can't forget Kate Middleton's gorgeous wedding dress by Alexander McQueen. Middleton truly looked like a modern princess in her dress by Sarah Burton for the late British designer. The lace dress with a sweetheart neckline inspired hundreds of bridal trends and secured her a place in fashion history much like her husband's late mother, Princess Diana.

Vogue's International Editor at Large, Hamish Bowles, was very impressed with Kate Middleton's choice for her wedding, "It's a marvelous tribute to British design that she would choose Sarah Burton, who's doing such a sensational job carrying the torch of McQueen's visionary talent."

Access Hollywood revealed the details behind the dress and explained it was entirely handmade by the Royal School of Needlework. Using a technique from the 1820s, "individual flowers [were] cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design, which [incorporated] the rose, thistle, daffodil, and shamrock."

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