30 Apr '11, 11pm

Fashion designers rush to make reproductions of Kate Middleton's royal gown, expected to hit stores by late June

Fashion designers rush to make reproductions of Kate Middleton's royal gown, expected to hit stores by late June

Vanessa Kelterborn, a store manager at ABS Clothing Collection Inc, arranges a knockoff design of the royal wedding gown worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Britain's Prince William. -- PHOTO: AP NEW YORK - SECONDS after Kate Middleton emerged from her car outside Westminster Abbey in a ball gown with lace sleeves, designers around the US, glued to their TV sets, were sketching her look, setting in motion a mad rush for mass-produced versions that are expected to be in stores as early as late June. For brides-to-be who can't wait even four weeks, David's Bridal, the largest US bridal chain, was already trumpeting a strapless look from Oleg Cassini, paired with a lacey bolero jacket, on its website as an already available stand-in as it scrambled to push out modified knockoffs of the real thing to stores by September. Meanwhile, the television home-shopping channel QVC...

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