The lovely Duchess of Cambridge. Image courtesy of Cover Media.

When Kate Middleton announced her engagement to Prince William, she wore a cobalt blue wrap dress designed by Issa. Little did the fashion world know that the London-based fashion house would soon be overwhelmed with demands from the public for the royal gown. Despite the stress and chaos that ensued, the publicity that the dress garnered for Issa has led to new ventures for the label, including a store opening in Japan.  [Telegraph] [Vogue UK]

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